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An Expat Talks about Living in Almaty, Kazakhstan


What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?


How long have you lived there?

2 Years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Almaty International Women's Group despite the name it is open to both men and women. They have a guide, lots of activities and meet every Wednesday in the Ankara Intercontinental Hotel, 10.30 to 12.00 Otherwise expat bars Mad Murphy's Dostyk Avenue very well known.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

It's generally very relaxed. There is no dress code the women in summer wear very revealing clothes. Generally people are smartly dressed only the expats wear shorts in town. I have never seen homosexuals openly walking hand in hand as in Europe so I have the impression this is not tolerated, nor people kissing on the streets, so I assume its not done.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Insurance, banking, construction, oil industry, minning.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

I belong to the marries group and really don't know any single people here so I can't judge. The married lot socialise with each other, dinner's parties, trips to the mountains and places of interest. There always seems plenty going on. Many of the employed people spend a lot of time travelling within the country, its 2000KM to the capital Astana from Almaty and 3,000 to the Caspian. So they tend to want quiet weekends.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Make sure they are well paid Almaty is expensive more than London or Amsterdam and much more than US cities. Have good medical insurrance you need to be flown out for almost anything. Only come if you like out door activities, skiing, walking, there is limited cultual activity though what there ia is more accessible than other cities in the world. Opera and ballet is inexpensive. There are several art galleries and many up and coming artisits. Buy the biggest stongest car you can afford, land cruiser or similar the traffic is deadly, don't take the local gypsy cabs unregulated cars which pick up people, they are very dangerous. Take great care crossing the road. Bring as much of everything that you can, it is probably available here but you won't like the price, lack of choice or quality.

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Dec 8, 2010 02:11

Dear Friends, What are the things that one must bring to Almaty & what can be left for purchasing there. I'm moving to Almaty in January for a job and i expect to be there for atleast 2 years.Please advise with an exhaustive list. Cheers,

Apr 20, 2011 11:27

bring medicine for you and your kids, and all the good clothes you have as the aboriginals wear only couture things, I know it's stupid but they a little bit undevelop in their minds, and also condoms as you going to have a lot of sex as all the ladies are whores :-)

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