Commencing in 2017, the Uzbek government has introduced an ambitious series of economic reforms and liberalisation measures, laying a promising foundation towards diversification and positioning the country as a potential generational investment and growth opportunity. The first results are already visible, as Uzbekistan was named country of the year in 2019 by The Economist and one of the top twenty most improved economies for ease of doing business according to the World Bank.
Over the centuries, Uzbekistan has hosted many different ethnic groups, cultures and religions. Nowadays, representatives of more than 130 nations and ethnic groups coexist in Uzbekistan, forming a true crossroad of cultures. The expression of the creative power of the country’s various ethnicities is reflected in the rich craftsmanship ranging from intricate woodcarving, terracotta tile work, and the production of carpets.
Tourism in Uzbekistan is a dynamically developing and rapidly growing sector which in the long term will facilitate job creation, diversification of the economy and accelerated development of regions. Located on the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan possesses great historical and architectural treasures including famous ancient cities listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. With diverse natural and geographical characteristics, Uzbekistan is also an ideal destination for the practice of eco-tourism.