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7.2 Introduction to Baku

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, which projects into the Caspian Sea. Built on a site inhabited since the Palaeolithic period, the Walled City of Baku reveals evidence of Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian presence in cultural continuity. The city consists of two principal parts: the downtown and the old Inner City (Icheri Sheher). In December 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, was inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Baku's population at the beginning of 2009 was estimated at over two million people.

The city is the scientific, cultural and industrial center of Azerbaijan. Baku is rapidly becoming a tourist city with a rich infrastructure of recreation and entertainment. It is a lively and very interesting city, where life does not stop even at night. Over the last decade Baku has greatly changed: new multi-storey buildings of shopping centres, hotels and banks harmonize very well with the old buildings. Baku is divided into 11 administrative districts. For more information please visit: http://azerbaijan.tourism.az; http://azerbaijan.travel.

7.3 Climate and Weather

The climate of Azerbaijan is unique as it presents line of the Earth's eleven climatic zones. Azerbaijan is situated on northern extremity of the subtropical zone in the south-eastern Caucasus. Its climatic diversity is caused by the complex geographical location and landscape and the proximity of the Caspian Sea. The climate varies considerably from east to west - in the western mountains, the weather is drier and more extreme. The eastern part of Azerbaijan, near the Caspian Sea, has relatively moderate climate.


Baku has a subtropical semi-arid climate with warm and dry summers, cool and occasionally wet winters, and strong winds all year long. However, unlike many other cities with this climate, Baku does not see extremely hot summers. This is largely because of its northerly latitude and the fact that it is located on a peninsula on the shore of the Caspian Sea. At the same time Baku is noted as a very windy city throughout the year, and gale-force winds, the cold northern wind khazri and the warm southern wind gilavar are typical here in all seasons. The daily temperature in July and August averages 26.4 °C (79.5 °F), and there is very little rainfall during the summer season. Winter is cool and occasionally wet, with the daily temperature averages 4.3 °C (39.7 °F). The average temperature in December varies 9.7 °C (49.5 °F).

7.4 Currency and Exchange

The Azerbaijani New Manat (AZN) is the currency of Azerbaijan. It is subdivided into 100 qepiks (cents). Banknotes in circulation are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 manat. Coins in circulation are 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 50 qepiks. ATMs are common throughout Baku.

Most accept foreign credit cards (preferably Visa and Mastercard) and many allow withdrawals in both AZN and US dollars. Rates are good for US dollars and pretty competitive for Euros and are roughly equal to: 1€ = 1.03 AZN, 1$ = 0.78 AZN. Some exchanges open late into the evening while most banks close up by 4 pm. The import of foreign currencies must be declared and their export is limited to the amount declared upon arrival in the country.

The participants are recommended to check the currency rate at www.ibar.az


7.5 Public transportation in Baku


By taxi

New taxi cabs have been recently introduced in Baku, and travel fees are 0.70 AZN per km. A taxi costs 4-10 AZN for trips within the center of Baku. A transfer from the Heydar Aliyev International Airport to the city center will cost 20-25 AZN.



By bus/minibus

Buses and minibuses cost 0.20 AZN per person and can take you to almost any place within Baku. Destinations are usually posted on the front and the right side of the bus.



By metro

The metro goes many places throughout Baku and it costs only 0.20 AZN. It is the least expensive way to get around Baku besides walking. You must obtain a Bakı Metropiliten Kart and load it like a normal metro pass. The metro workers will be more than happy to help if spoken to in either Azeri or Russian, and some may understand English.

Be careful when changing trains at the transit stations (28 May and Jafar Jabbarli) as the passage is not easy to find.

On foot

It is possible to get around Fountain Square, the Boulevard, and the old city by foot.



7.6 Driving in Baku

AVIS RENT A CAR

Azerbaijan, Baku, AZ 1000, 528 H. Javid ave

(+994) 12 497-54-55; (+994) 50 497-55-53

office@avis.az

Contact person: Ruslan

AYHAN GLOBAL SERVICE

Azerbaijan, Baku, AZ 1000, 12/17 Mardanov brothers str.

(+994) 12 493-01-59; (+994) 12 498-29-09

ayhan_global_service@yahoo.com

http://www.ayhangs.com/

Contact person: Office-manager Rafael


EUROPCAR Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, 36, Inshaatchilar ave

(+994) 12 497-44-42

info@europcar.az

http://www.europcar.az/


7.7 Telephone Service

Mobile coverage is extensive throughout the capital and major cities, but pretty much non-existent in the remote mountainous parts of the country. Roaming agreements are in place with most international cellular companies. You can easily buy a local cell phone number (upon presentation of passport) and credits at local specialized shops (Azercell, NarMobile, Bakcell) and supermarkets.

To make a telephone call from Azerbaijan abroad using the land line or mobile phone, dial: 00, then the country code, the city code and finally the telephone number of the person.

To call a land line in Azerbaijan from abroad, dial 00, followed by the country code (994), the town code (without 0), then the local number.

In Azerbaijan, you can call the police by dialing 102, the firemen by dialing 101 and medical emergency services at 103.

7.8 Postal Service

Central Post Office

AZ1000, Baku, Sabail, Uzeyir Hajibayov,36

Phone: (+994 12) 498-80-00, (+994 12) 498-97-73, (+994 50) 351-61-52)

Fax: (+994 12) 598-43-91

7.9 Tips

In established restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis, a 5-10% service charge is usually added to the bill - though feel free to tip more than this for exceptional service. At restaurants where a service charge isn’t included, 10% is the acceptable gratuity. Although tipping at other places isn't mandatory it will be well received, and setting aside a small amount for porters, guides and drivers is also a good idea.


7.10 Electricity Supply

The voltage is 220 V. and plugs are of a two-pin design, therefore an adaptor is necessary.



7.11 Drinking Water

It is not recommended to drink tap water. Bottles of mineral water are widely available in shops and hotels.



7.12 Smoking Regulations

It is illegal to smoke in public transportation, at swimming pools, theatres, shows, as well as in some restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, clubs and places of worship. In restaurants and bars, smoking is allowed in specially marked areas.



7.13 Time Zone

From 31 March to 27 October 2013, Baku is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +5, Azerbaijan Summer Time AZST).

From 27 October 2013 to 30 March 2014, Baku is 4 hours ahead (GMT +4, Azerbaijan Time AZT).


  1. media

    1. Media Center

A Media Center will be provided as a work space for the media to cover the 8th session of the Committee and will be located in the Amburan Room at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku. Press will also have access to the Internet and a fax machine.

    1. Press Conference Room

All press conferences will take place in the Amburan Room at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku. Only appointed and accredited media will be able to access the room. The final schedule outlining press events will be available upon registration.


    1. Press releases

Press releases and photographs of the meeting will be posted on the Meeting website. Press releases will be posted on the media room page and photographs displayed in the photo gallery.

  1. RECEPTION PROGRAMME AND RELATED EVENTS

As a registered participant, you are cordially invited to attend the receptions and events that will be held during the 8th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The program will be made available on the webpages of the Convention www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/8COM and www.ichazerbaijan2013.az.

On Sunday 8 December 2013, the Azerbaijani authorities will propose a cultural programme and optional excursion routes. The tours will comprise below-mentioned routes:



1. 10:00-13:00 Old city tour, National Art Museum of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Carpet Museum

2. 10:00-14:00 Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

3. 15:00-18:00 City Sightseeing on bus

4. 15:00-18:00 Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex

All the other information regarding the cultural programme will be available upon delegates’ arrival.


ANNEX A: REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE 8TH SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE




ANNEX B: HOTEL RESERVATION AND EXCURSION REGISTRATION FORM





ANNEX C – RECOMMENDED HOTELS AND SUMMARY HOTEL RATES


Amber Hotel

(Standard Single)

(Standard Double)

(Superior Single)

(Superior Double)

(Suite Single)

(Suite Double)



AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


70

80

75



85

95

100



Central Park


Exclude 18% Valid Added Tax (VAT)

(Single)

(Double)


(Deluxe Suite)

(Luxe Room)

(Suite Room)

(Junior Suite)

(Presidential Suite)


AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

90

110


130

150


180

220


300

Diplomat


(Single)

(Double)


(Junior Suite)

(Suite)


(Caspian Suite)

AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

65

75

75



95

105


Four Seasons Hotel Baku


Exclude 18% Valid Added Tax (VAT)

(Deluxe City Single)

(Deluxe City Double)

(Deluxe Caspia)

(Premier)

(Executive Suite)


AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

160

160


200

250


480

Genceli Plaza

(Single)

(Double)


AZN

AZN


80

100


Grand Hotel

(Single)

(Double)


(Deluxe Suite)

(Junior Suite)



AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


80

100


100

130


Grand Hotel Europe

(Single)

(Double)


AZN

AZN


70

80


Hilton Baku


Exclude 18% Valid Added Tax (VAT)

(Single)

(Deluxe Suite)

(Executive Suite)

(Executive Deluxe)

(Suite Room)


AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

175

200


230

255


375

JW Marriott Absheron Baku

(Single)

(Double)


(Executive Deluxe)

(Deluxe Suite)

(Executive Premier)

(Executive Studio)



AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


170

185


210

215


345

390


Qafqaz Point

Exclude 18% Valid Added Tax (VAT)

(Single)

(Double)


(Junior Suite)

(Deluxe Suite)



AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


66

87

159


199


Shafran

(Single)

(Double)


AZN

AZN


60

70


Sapphire Hotel Baku

(Deluxe Single)

(Deluxe Double)



AZN

AZN


110

120


The Crown Hotel Baku

(Single)

(Double)


(Deluxe Suite)

(Executive Suite)



AZN

AZN


AZN

AZN


110

130


160

200


Park Inn Baku

(Single)

(Double)


AZN

AZN


145

165



Hotels - 5 stars



JW Marriott Absheron Baku

Category: 5 Stars

(Premier among Baku luxury hotels, JW Marriott Absheron Baku feature 243 elegant guest rooms with a view of the Caspian Sea and Baku city center. Hotel located in the Baku’s city center on the Azadliq Square and directly connected to Baku Boulevard. Host inspiring gatherings in one of 13 event rooms with natural daylight, including the 1,208-square-meter ballroom. )








Hotel Rates*

Single: AZN 170

Double: AZN 185

Number of rooms: 56



Distance from the meeting place : 0 minutes

Address: 674, Azadliq Square, Baku AZ1010, Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 499 88 00

Fax: +99412 499 88 89

E-mail: jw.marriott.sales@marriott.com, jw.baku.sales@marriott.com

URL: http://www.marriott.com


Contact Person: Nailya Mustafayeva





Hilton Baku

Category: 5 Stars

(Enjoy views of the Caspian Sea from the modern, stylish Hilton Baku hotel in the heart of Baku’s business district, just 30 minutes from Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Explore the 12th century UNESCO-protected walled city, Icheri Sheher, which is just a short walk from the hotel. Unwind in your spacious guest room or suite with contemporary décor and views of the city and Caspian Sea. Hold a meeting for up to 100 delegates in one of 18 meeting rooms and make use of the fully-equipped Business Center. Dine al fresco in the 24th-floor terrace restaurant, Sky Grill, and unwind with a cocktail in the top-floor revolving bar with 360-degree panoramic views. )






Hotel Rates*

Single: AZN 175

Double: AZN 200

Exclude 18% Valid Added Tax

Number of rooms: 125


Distance from the meeting place 850 m, 3 min drive, 10 min walking

Address: 1B, Azadliq ave, Baku AZ1000, Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 464-50-00

Fax: +99412 464-50-01

E-mail: baku.sales@hilton.com

URL: http://www.hilton.com


Contact Person: Huseyn Hasanov





Sapphire Hotel Baku

Category: 5 Stars

(With its central location, Sapphire Hotel Baku is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Baku. The Sapphire Hotel Baku boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convenience to ensure you a memorable stay. Sapphire Hotel’s accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests satisfaction.)






Hotel Rates*

Single: AZN 110

Double: AZN 120

Number of rooms: 42



Distance from the meeting place : 2 km, 8 min drive, 22 min walking

Address: 23, Samed Vurgun str, Baku AZ1095, Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 498-90-08

Fax: +99412 498-90-05

E-mail: info@sapphirehotel.az

URL: www.sapphirehotel.az


Contact Person: Sergey Kurnosov





Four Seasons Hotel Baku

Category: 5 Stars

(In this cosmopolitan oil capital on the Caspian Sea, Four Seasons presents a Beaux-Arts-style luxury hotel in Baku on the waterfront promenade – just steps from the Old City. Hosting the most prestigious Baku events – gala parties, corporate meetings or business conferences – Four Seasons Hotel Baku offers over 1,865 square meters (20,075 square feet) of function space, including the Segah Grand Ballroom, Rast Banquet Room and five meetings room.)






Hotel Rates*

Single: AZN 160

Double: AZN 160

Exclude 18% Valid Added Tax (VAT)

Number of rooms: 150


Distance from the meeting place : 1,5 km, 6 min drive, 13 min walking

Address: 77/79, Neftchilar ave, Baku AZ1095, Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 404-24-24

Fax: +99412 404-24-25

URL: http://www.fourseasons.com/baku



Contact Person: Ulviyya Talishinskaya




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