As you fly over Kazakhstan’s seemingly endless, empty steppe, a glimmering city suddenly comes into view. A mirage of glass and steel with a stained-glass pyramid, golden skyscrapers and the world’s largest marquee, Astana is the city that oil built and part of President Nazarbayev’s futuristic vision.
Fittingly, from mid-June to mid-September 2017, Astana will host the World Expo on the subject of sustainable energy. And as of 2017, citizens of 45 countries (including those of the EU, USA, Canada and Australia) may visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days. Furthermore, the introduction of the LTR (light rail transit) and improvements to the existing bus network are making a visit to this modern, cosmopolitan city even easier.