Atyrau, Guryev

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"Atyrau, formerly Guryev, W Kazakhstan, on the Ural River and near the Caspian Sea. A port, rail center, and an industrial base of the Emba basin oil fields, it has refineries, petrochemical complexes, and varied manufactures. Fishing is also important. The city is linked by oil pipelines with Samara and Novorossiysk. Founded in 1645, it became a military outpost in 1647. Atyrau was a fishing center until the development of the region's petroleum industry in the 1930s." From the Columbia Encyclopedia [external link].

"western Kazakstan. It is a port on the Ural (Zhayyq) River near its mouth on the Caspian Sea. Founded as a fishing settlement in the mid-17th century by the fishing entrepreneur Mikhail Guryev, it soon became a fort on the Ural fortified line manned by the Ural Cossacks. Fishing and trade were the main economic activities until Soviet times. Now, in addition to a large fish cannery, there are an oil refinery, petrochemical plant, metalworking and construction-materials industries, a meat-packing plant, and ship-repair yards. A branch of the Kazakstan Academy of Sciences studies the natural resources of the area, and the city has a teacher-training institute, a museum, and a theatre." From the Encyclopaedia Britannica [external link].

"The city in western Kazakstan formerly named Guryev (until 1992). It is a port on the Ural River near its mouth on the Caspian Sea. Founded as a fishing settlement in the mid-17th century by the fishing entrepreneur Mikhail Guryev, it soon became a fort on the Ural fortified line manned by the Ural Cossacks. Fishing and trade were the main economic activities until Soviet times. Now, in addition to a large fish cannery, there are an oil refineries (houses one of the biggest oil reserve fields in the world-Tengiz), petrochemical plant, metalworking and construction-materials industries, a meat-packing plant, and ship-repair yards. A branch of the Kazakstan Academy of Sciences studies the natural resources of the area, and the city has a teacher-training institute, a museum, and a theatre." Previously on the Gateway to Kazakhstan.

Atyrau-West [external link]: history, culture, pictures.

Atyrau Map with Kazakh nationality (click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map [external link].

Student Debate Club PDF gif teaches critical thinking skills.

Atyrau-City.kz [external link]: Lots of information and pictures.

Epinion [external link] of Atyrau airport.

World66 travel guide [external link] information and pictures.

Falling Rain [external link] has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).

Avveduto [external link] Italian photographer's pictures from Kazakhstan. Beautiful, good resolution.

Wiki: Atyrau [external link]

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Akimat of Atyrau Region [external link]

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Photos from Atyrau [external link] on a Russian site.

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Visit Kazakhstan [external link] has information on the area, hotels, restaurants.

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Aboutkazakhstan.com [external link]: population, hotels, city coat of arms, map, history, and pictures.

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Ingvarr photo album [external link]

Hotels

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  • Chagala [external link]: 94 single/double rooms and suites, air conditioning, TV, phone, mini bar, room service, restaurant, indoor pool.
  • Kaspy: 20 single/double rooms, continental breakfast included.
  • River Palace [external link]: 147 apartments and 30 hotel rooms, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, restaurant, disco pub, gift shop, internet connection in rooms, air conditioned.
  • Atyrau: restaurant, bar, TV, phone, mini bar, AC, room service, indoor pool.
  • Renaissance Hotel [external link] (Marriott chain): 202 rooms, standard high-class hotel with all the usual amenities.
  • Ak Zhaik: 165 rooms, restaurant, pub, bar, room service, laundry, sauna, beauty salon, business center.
  • Marriott Executive Apartments [external link] opened in 2008; 143 1-3 bedroom apartments, full business center, restaurant, fully equiped kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, A/C and heat, coffe maker, crib, iron, rollaway bed, cable/satellite TV, DVD/CD player, hair dryer, microwave, high-speed internet access in room.
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