Why You Should Visit Almaty
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan to many of the country’s finest attractions with its ancient landmarks and cultural institutions alongside interesting museums and many outdoor activities. During your stay in the city you must visit the National Museum which is just opposite the stunning Presidential Palace, an architectural beauty that is an attraction in itself. If you fancy going out and staying active during your visit, there are many outdoor adventures to be had including exploring the Charyn canyon outside the city or venturing up to the Tau Spa in the mountains. There are also numerous hiking trails in the mountains surrounding the city, while those who don’t fancy the grueling challenge can take a cable car and enjoys the spectacular views of the terrain below.
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Arriving In Almaty
Almaty International Airport is situated around 15 km from the center of the Almaty and ranks as the busiest airport in Kazakhstan. Although you may prefer the convenience of a taxi to get to your destination, you can find local buses available if you would rather save money. The airport itself is made up of two passenger terminals and offers all of the essential services and facilities you would need including a few dining and drinking options in addition to shopping facilities to pick up some last-minute travel basics.
If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Almaty it is possible to fly out of Dubai or Sharjah. If you are based in Dubai you can make the journey with flydubai or Air Astana out of Dubai International Airport, the primary airport in Dubai, while it is also possible to fly out of Sharjah with Air Arabia.
Almaty Travel Information
As a UAE national you will be able to enter Kazakhstan without having to arrange a visa in advance. Although Almaty enjoys warm temperatures over the summer with average highs of around 30 degrees, temperatures drop below freezing during the winter and snowfall is frequent so make sure you pack plenty of warm clothing. When you have arrived at the airport there are a number of car rental companies at Almaty airport, so it is straightforward to rent a vehicle right away.
* This information is correct as of November 2017
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