Reasons To Visit Astana
Kazakhstan’s capital is a planned city known for its modernist architecture alongside many beautiful older works of architecture, making it an excellent city for sightseers. There are many beautiful buildings and landmarks dotted around the capital such as the Hazret Sultan Mosque, the largest in the country, and the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. You will also want to set aside a day or two to explore the city’s finest museums like the New National Museum of Kazakhstan which celebrates the fascinating heritage of the country. As a modern city you can expect to find top-quality shopping centers, restaurants and hotels to keep you happy, or you can enjoy a day out at the vast Khan Shatyr complex which is home to everything from an indoor beach to a minigolf course.
Arriving In Astana
Astana International Airport is situated around 15 km from the capital Astana and handles a wide range of international flights including direct flights from the UAE. Travelers looking to catch flights from the UAE to Astana will be able to make the journey out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Travelers based in Dubai will be able to book flights with Air Astana and flydubai, while those coming from Abu Dhabi can make the journey with Etihad Airways. In addition to this, you will be able to fly out of Sharjah with Air Arabia.
Astana International Airport is made up of two passenger terminals, with one terminal dedicated to international flights and the other to domestic flights. Inside the airport itself you’ll find everything you would need in terms of facilities and services. Alongside a restaurant on-site, there are several shops located around the airport as well as duty-free shopping. In addition to this, you can connect to the airport’s free Wi-Fi network to get online. Once your flight has arrived at the airport there are public buses available running into the city center for those on a tight budget, or you may prefer to flag down a taxi just outside of the terminal instead.
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Astana Travel Information
UAE nationals flying to Kazakhstan do not need to worry about applying for a visa as you will be able to stay for up to 30 days visa free. Although the weather in Astana is warm and sunny over the summer with average highs of over 25 degrees from June until August, temperatures rapidly drop and soon get below freezing over the winter, while you can also expect heavy snowfall during this period. Remember that Astana is two hours ahead of the UAE, while the currency you will need in Kazakhstan is the Kazakhstani tenge.
* This information is correct as of February 2018
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