Local Fashion in Kazakhstan
The new Kazakhstan Fashion Institute was opened in Kazakhstan back in September. The Kazakhstan Fashion Institute is the first ever educational project in the country in conjunction with Saks Fifth Avenue and all the luxury brands. The main goal of the Institute is to provide the ability for students to develop themselves in fashion and begin professional career in the fashion industry. Currently, the Institute provides education in four basic areas like Fashion Management, Fashion Media, Fashion Photography, and Fashion Styling.
The recent improvement in Fashion area has initiated our article. It was really interesting for us to do research about local fashion trend in Astana and Almaty. Thus, for our research we went to the Esentai Mall in Almaty and observed what people usually wear in the real life. Do think that people in Kazakhstan are still nomads and wear the kazakh traditional costumes containing ornaments?
Tradition suits reflect the ancient tradition of Kazakh people, ethnic history and
climate conditions. Creating a Kazakh tradition suit is a long and laborious work. Probably that is why even Mike Tyson personally valued the beauty and convinience of the suit.
But people do not wear that now, only when it’s a national holidays or other special occasion. Kazakhstani people are very fashionable and open to new trends. They love brands and always look in trend with all fashion. To best describe Kazakhstan fashion style, I can say that people in Almaty and Astana are in casual-fashion style. Let’s check out what Kazakhstani people wear in everyday life:
This is just a small part of the pictures we took at Essentai mall. It is important to mention that the KazSocial team had such a great time during the photo session; all people were open minded, friendly and gave us permission to take a picture of them with no problems. Well, I think that even a guru of fashion industry might be jealous after the reading this article, because of the right sense of fashion among Kazakhstani people.
Time machine through Almaty: Past and Present
There are a lot of pictures of Almaty during the period of the Soviet Union on the internet. It is always interesting to compare the pictures of the same place taken by a wide time interval. Thus, in this article you get a great chance to see the results of the improvements and developments of Almaty during the period of more than thirty years. Let’s start!!! Sit down, enjoy, and be ready to travel through time in Almaty from the past to now.
Modern Almaty – it is a beautiful city which consists of skyscrapers and buildings, green gardens and parks, a modern metro system, and of course the unbelievable beauty of the mountains. Take a look at the view of Almaty with the mountains in the background in the past and now.
It is amazing to see how the airport has changed. Now the international airport in Almaty includes twelve of the most equipped and modern airfields in the world where they pay special attention to the safety.
The Republic Square also has some modifications. The underground shopping center is located there now. And the symbol of Almaty – silhouette of the Apple is located in the middle of the Republic Square. Then:
Also, it is interesting to see how rapidly transportation has developed. For example, look at the trolleybus of the 1980’s.
And the new modern trolley buses in Almaty now:
Finally, I suggest you watch these videos about Almaty. This is the final stage of the time machine travel. At the first video you will be transferred into the past. And at the second video you will be back to the present.
Almost Arizona: Charyn Canyon
The nature of Kazakhstan is unique. There are a lot of beautiful places which you need to visit if you come to Almaty. One of these places is Charyn Canyon which is located just 200 kilometers (124.27 miles) away from the city of Almaty. The similar nature landscapes are remnant of several places all over the world. Thus, you need to find some time for the adventure and follow our tips supported by a personal experience to Kazakhstan’s “Grand Canyon.”
First of all, the trip will take 4 hours to get Charyn Canyon, thus it is better to leave the city early in the morning. I know it is hard to wake up early, especially on the weekends, but believe me the trip is worth it. You won’t regret it! Jjust watch the video about Charyn Canyon.
My advice for you is not to drive to Charyn Canyon by yourself, because there are a lot of the travel agencies which offer weekend bus tours for your convenience. The average price is 3500-5000 tenge ($25 – $33) per person. Isn’t it a good deal?! All the buses are comfortable with air conditioning. Moreover, a tour guide is included in the price. But if you still decide to go there independently, check out the travel map which I have drawn up for you. Anaways, on the way to Charyn you will see unusual landscapes which are always changing.
Secondly, think about the season! If you visit a Charyn Canyon during the summer; bring cold water with you, a hat, or even better an umbrella. The sun is shining bright and the temperature will be high.
At the end of the tour, you will enjoy the sunset. There is an amazing and unbelievable impression which you will remember for a long time.
The summer is almost over and have you not been lying on the beach with a cocktail? You don’t want to waste your time on applying for a visa? Then it’s time to get cracking! I have prepared a few tips for you.
If you have the Kazakhstani passport, below is the list of the hot destinations for your vacation where you do not need a visa.
If you love exotic countries, get all your stuff together and plan on going to:
- Zambia (purchase a visa at the port of entry, $50)
- Cambodia (purchase a visa at the port of entry, $20)
- Nepal (purchase a visa at the port of entry, $20-100)
If you are more interested in warmer climate countries, you may choose one of the following hot destinations:
- Maldives (visa waiver program up to 30 days)
- Turkey (up to 30 days)
- Egypt (purchase a visa at the port of entry, $25)
- Jamaica (purchase a visa at the port of entry, $20)
But, if you feel that it’s too exotic, you may consider going to one of the near-by countries:
- Russia (up to 90 days)
- Kyrgyzstan (up to 90 days)
- Georgia (up to 90 days)
I hope you are pleased after returning to Kazakhstan and can’t wait to share the new stories!
Top 50 Richest People in Kazakhstan
Forbes Magazine in Kazakhstan has created a unique list of the fifty richest people in Kazakhstan called “Kazakhstan’s proud” .
I would like to bring the list of the richest people of the Kazakhstan to your attention. Please see below: The evaluation was approximate, thus the real sum of the assets can be different because of the evaluation process for non-public companies.
The First place is going to
1. Vladimir Kim
Assets: $2 300 000 000Field: metals
Vladimir Kim still has the first place in the list, but not with a big difference in assets. He has $135 944 325 (it is about 25,7%) shares in the group “Kazahmis”.
2. Bulat Ytemyratov
Assets: $ 2 200 000 000
Field: banks, investments, metals, telecom, media
Bulat Ytemuratov is one of the successful participants of the rating. He has increased the assets to $ 600 million annually and went up from 4-th to the 2-nd place of the rating.
Bulat Ytemuratov was included in the list of the billionaires after he sold out ATFBAnk (company was operating jointly with the Holland UniCredit Group) for $2,117 million at the time of the beginning of the world crisis. But he still work within the financial area. He is the owner of ForteBank and Kassa Nova. Moreover, Bulat Ytemuratov heads the Kazakh Federation of the tennis.
3. Alidzhan Ibragimov
Assets: $2 100 000 000
Field: metals, finance
Alidzhan Ibragimov owns 14,59% of the ENRC, 33,3% in International Mineral Resources. Moreover, he has shares all over the world, to be exact, 70% block of shares in “Samancor”, has shares in Regency Mines PLC and 33,33% in AO “Eurasian financial and industrial corporation”, where Eurasioan bank, Sk Eurasioan and others are included.
4. Timur Kulevaev
Assets: $1 300 000 000
Field: oil, gas, transport
Timur Kulebaev and his wife Dinara Kulebaeva own the “Holding group “Almeks””. Therefore, “Almeks’’ has 68,2 % shares of the “Halyk Savings bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan”.
Holding group also has a control in TOO “Almeks Plus”, (51 % shares in AO “Sat and Co”), TOO “Kipros” with the branches in TOO “South Holding”, “Atiraymynaionimderi”, “Continent Invest Group”, TOO “Munai Damy” and so on.
Assets: $1 300 000 000
field: oil, gas, transport
Dinara Kulibaeva and her husband have a AO Holding group “Almeks”, which is 68,2 % shares in AO ”National savings bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan”.
6. Nurzhan Subhanberdin
Assets: $ 950 000 000
field: finance, oil
Nurzhan Subkhanberin – is one of pioneers and a leader of the Kazakh Business, founder of the largest financing investing company of the country. Many people that we have mentioned have been involved with Kazkom Group. Now Mr. Subkhanberin is a chairman of the board of directors of JSC “Kazkommertsbank” and is the largest owner through JSC “CAIC”
7. Rashit Sarsenov
Assets: $920 000 000
Field: Oil Production, Fuels and lubricants, metalworking
The most part of Mr. Sarsenov’s capital consists of «KazMunaiGas» JSC «Mangistaumunaygas» for $2,6 billion и Pavlodar oil refinery for $1,2 billion via Central Asia Petroleum Ltd and Refinery Company RT in the year 2009.
8. Askar Alshinbaev
Assets: $810 000 000
Field: stocks, finances, development, aviation
Last year «Novaport», which is controlled by Mr. Alshinbaev (41%) Meridian Capital Ltd. has 50%, has obtain a full control over Volgograd and Tomsk, and obtained permission from the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia for the purchase of 100% of the share capital JSC “Astrakhan Airport” by Cyprus Investment Company T.S. Trans Siberia Co. Ltd
9. Aygul Nurieva
Assets: $780 000 000
Field: stocks, finances, телекоммуникации
In August of 2012, TeliaSonera has bought WiMAX from Kazakh Company Alem Communications for $170 million. 85,53% Alem Communicationsbelongs to Mrs Nurieva via «Midas Telecom», which she is the only owner of. 55% of «A1 System Kazakhstan» belongs to Midas Telecom and 99% «Kaznet Media».
10. Eugene Feld
Assets: $750 000 000
Field: stocks, finances, development, aviation
Mr. Feld and Mr. Alshinbaen are the owners of Meridian Capital Ltd. (35,9%). Mr. Felf is a CEO of Meridian Capital Partners.
Now partners, who used to manage Almaty Airport, are now working in Russia. He has stocks in Danone-Unimilk (16,80%). Subsidiary companyя Meridian Capital CIS Fund is an owner of MC Consumer Finance Company Limited (100%), which is the parent company of JSC «МК Financing Solutions» (99,97%), which consisted of Bank КРК (99,96%), which was sold to Anatoly Motylev in the begging of this year.
Other places are belonging to:
Bahitbek Baisetov, Vasiliy rozinov, Dariga Nazarbaeva, Galimxhan Esenov, Nurlan smagulov, Nurlan Bizakov, Dinmuhammet Idrisov, Sofia Sarsenova, Dzhaksizbekov Family, Nurlan Tleybaev, Kenes Rakishev, Ruslan Moldabekov, Vyacheslav Kim, Fyanishev family, Nurzhan Bekshenov, Aidyn Rahimbaev, Oleg Novachyk, Aleksandr Klebanov, Serzhan Zhymashov, Erkin Amirhanov, Sergei Kan, Nurali aliev, Seitzhanov family, Eduard Kim, Aleksandr Belovich, Erbolat Absalyamov, Aibar Daytov, Serik Tylbasov, Nurlan Kapparov, Berik Kaniev, Erbolat Dosaev, Uriy Pak, Igor Shkolnick, Almas Minbaev, Kairat Mazhibaev, Baiseitov family, Nina Dzhusupova, Murat Safin, Anatoliy Balushkin
Kazakhstan Boxing Champion: Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin (nicknamed GGG) was born on April 8, 1982 in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. He is a Kazakh boxer, current middleweight world champion, and silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games. Moreover, Golovkin is a Master of the Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan and seven times champion of the battle of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In 2006, Gennady Golovkin moved to professional boxing after his Olympic appearance. Golovkin is an WBA and IBO Middleweight Champion. See the video of the best moments of Golovkin career:
However some fighters, like Matthew Macklin, were skeptical of his abilities and though his opponents were too easy. On June 29th, Golovkin fought Macklin and was filmed by US cable network HBO on their Boxing After Dark series. They even shot a documentary about Kazakh boxer Golovkin prior to the fight. (This is translated into Russian from English)
After the fight, the world was in shock and couldn’t believe this Kazakh could take down a “tough” opponent in three rounds.
Kazakh boxers are tough opponents and are good at psyching out their competitors leaving them to cower in fear and be afraid.
Kazakh Romeo and Juliet
Kazakhstan has its own Romeo and Juliet named Kozi Korpesh and Bayan Sulu. “Kozi Korpesh and Bayan Sulu” is a Kazakh lyric-epic poem of the 13th – 14th century. It is an old national legend about tragedy and love. Kozi and Bayan love each other but Bayan’s family wants her to get married with Kodar. Therefore Kozi dies because of Kodar. Bayan decides to avenge him and agrees to fake marry Kodar with the only condition of building her a well with spring water. Kodar agrees on that and the plan worked out.
The subject of love between Kazakh Romeo and Juliet is popular among teenagers. Thus Kazakhstan Teenagers celebrate a special holiday on April 15th: the day of tradegy love between Kazakh national heroes.
Moreover, Kazakh teenagers are very likely to organize themed flash mobs on the subject of Kazakh Romeo and Juliet love. For example, a flash mob was organized by young creative inventors from Almaty. They created a space balloon with a meteorological ball, parachute, GPS and HD-cameras, and the crew was Kazakh National Romeo and Juliet
The organizers of the flash mob wanted to show how love between Kazakh Romeo and Juilet can take everyone up high in the sky.
International Equestrian Competition in Astana
The equestrian competition of the President Nazarbayev Cup, World Cup, Cup of the Nation, Maserati Cup, ENRC Cup, and the Samsung Cup were held in the capital of Kazakhstan before Astana Day. The judges of the competition were the international judges Marek Zaleski (Poland), Anna Skabard (Ukraine), KeoChang Yang (Korea), and Sarparatap Sinh (India)
Riders from 8 countries competed for three days for the champion title in the team and individual competitions. All the participants were seriously determined to win.
Nataliya Dolgikh, Sergey Buickevich, Anes Etrekov, Abish Etirekov, Bektas Mikirbaev were participating for the National Kazakhstan team. As a result, the National Kazakh team became the Central Asian Champions.
Barysak Eating Competition
In Semey, there was a a Bayrsak Eating Competition for My Kazakhstan Patriotic Organization. Called the “Bayrsak Battle”, competitors mini doughnuts filled with cottage cheese and the winner was who could eat the most. The 20 year old winner got a certificate and a huge bag of bayrsak. Bayrsak is considered a traditional, yet popular dish in Kazakhstan. You can see the article (in Russian) here.
This is Bayrsak:
This is how the competitors ate it:
Cars in Kazakhstan
So this is what people THINK Kazakh’s drive:
What they REALLY drive (It’s a Skoda):
Some prefer imports and some prefer Kazakh made cars:
Kazakhs do like to customize boring cars into cool ones:
And then the people in Kazakhstan who have the money buy these:
Even the news goes crazy mentioning expensive cars: