H.E. Dr. Zubaydullo Zubaydov
It is been just 9 months since the embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan opened its chancery in Kuwait, since then His Excellency Dr Zubaydullo Zubaydov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to Kuwait has been very active in promoting bilateral relations in all spheres.
Kuwait was among the first Arab and GCC nations to establish diplomatic relations with Tajikistan in 1993 and several high level exchanges have taken place during these 21 years of relations.
Speaking to The Times in an exclusive chat H.E Dr Zubaydullo Zubaydov spoke about the remarkable progress in relations between the two countries and also about his plans to boost investment and tourism potential his country has.
“Tajikistan is a land of unspoilt beauty that is seen to be believed,” he pointed out. More than 90 per cent of the land is covered by mountains and 60 per cent of the water in Central Asia comes from Tajikistan. Eco-tourism is widely promoted and the picturesque beauty is second to none.
Tajikistan has several health resorts, some of the best in the world, curing ailments such as nervous systems, arthritis , skin diseases etc etc. These resorts are professionally managed and are increasingly becoming popular the world over.
Ambassador Dr Zubaydov disclosed that a first ever tourism delegation will visit Kuwait in the coming months to offer travel agencies packages for tourism in Tajikistan. This will pave the way for more visitors to come and see for themselves the facilities and natural beauty his country has to offer.
“We have simplified visa rules for Kuwaitis and they can get visas on arrival,” pointing that the distance between the two nations is a three-and-half hour flight.
The tourism potential in the country is amazing, with its historical sites and hospitable people. Tajikistan is famous from ancient times with its high mountains, rivers, monuments and beautiful landscapes. It lies on the Great Silk Road route, and is a favorite place for tourists.
The country is a very exciting and peaceful country. The peaceful time is spent surrounded by rich nature, culture and history. The excitement of eco-tourism, hunting, sport-tour, trekking, biking, historical tours is unparalled.
Ambassador Zubaydov pointed out that so far a few 100 Kuwaiti nationals have visited Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan during the past year and he is keen to take relations to the next level. “I am highly honoured to be appointed as ambassador here and will do my utmost to establish a solid foundation for a life long relationship,” he adds
On Kuwaiti investments in Tajikistan, Ambassador said that Kuwait has made some investments through the Kuwait Fund for Arab economic Development and there is much more scope for investment.
Ambassador Zubaydov reiterated that Tajikistan and Kuwait have a lot in common from shared cultural affinities to shared religious values and this will help renew our friendship and bring the people of the two nations closer together.
When asked about the areas of investment Ambassador Zubaydov pointed at tourism infrastructure, mining, hydropower, and agriculture as some of the areas with great potential. There were also economic free zones and the country provided all necessary facilities to foreign investors. Tajikistan is rich in mineral resources and has one of the largest silver deposits in the world with over 750,000 tonnes of proven deposits. As an untapped market Tajikistan provides investors a very lucrative potential.
On a cultural note Ambassador Dr Zubaydov spoke about Nowruz, the annual feast of Tajikistan. Nowruz, meaning the first day of spring, beginning of a new year, awakening of life. Nowruz has many customs, ceremonies and performances.
Tajikistan celebrates Nowruz on March 21 every year with great pomp and joy, it is declared a 3 day holiday and the whole country is in a festive mood. The feast is also celebrated by other countries of the region including Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.
The festival gained international recognition when the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on Feb 18th, 2010 declaring March 21st as the International Dayof Nowruz, in its 71st plenary meeting.
“I want to thank H H the Amir and people of Kuwait for their unflinching support and cooperation extended to us and wish this friendly nation peace and prosperity,” he says in conclusion of our chat.