Western Kazakhstan

West Kazakhstan Region is the gate to the central and southern parts of Kazakhstan and to Central Asian countries. It is located in the northwest of the republic. Huge natural resources, the advantageous geographic location, developed economic links with many Russian cities and other countries create favorable conditions for successful development of external economic activity.
Western Kazakhstan includes West-Kazakhstani, Atirau, Mangistau and Aktyubinsk Oblasts. The region is situated in the utmost west and south-west of the Republic. Its vast territory stretches for 1200 km from the north to the south and for 1300 km from the west to the east.

The main rivers are the Ural, the Emba. The largest lakes are Inder, Aralsor, Kamis-Samarskiye. The most important role is played by the Caspian Sea. Oil production has been developing for 100 years in this region. Atirau is the centre for the production and conservation of the black caviar. The climate here is sharply continental, dry.

The Great Silk Road passed through the whole territory of Mangistau for 2000 years. Now it has become a very interesting tourist route. The presence of the attractive landscapes, along with a great diversity of fauna of the Usturt Reserve, the unique historical and cultural as well as natural monuments in which Mangistau abounds, the picturesque places of the Caspian area represent a considerable interest for a potential tourist.

Aktyube Region is one of the most significant indus trial areas of Kazakhstan. It occupies the area of approximately 300.000 sq. km. Aktyube Region borders on Russia in the north and Uzbekistan in the south. It is interesting that in the east and west three Kazakhstan regions on each side adjoin this area. In the east these are Kostanai, Karaganda and Kyzylorda Regions; in the west – Atyrau, Mangistau and West Kazakhstan Regions.

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