The ambition of a President

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09.10.2011 17:01

It was the ambition of the President Nursultan Nazarbaev to build a totally new capital, after the Dubai pattern, a city that impressed him greatly. Like there, the new presidential city has its broad streets and imposing buildings. “Then, people who were living and working in Alma-Aty, the former capital, in turns came here, firstly with the job and afterwards with the whole family. As my father did”, continues Olga.

For now there are more than 700,000 inhabitants in Astana, attracted by the newly created working places by a pile of foreign investors, who have smelled a flavor of a huge business. Olga smiles when I asked her how much money it was worth the construction of Astana from zero. “Oh my!”, she exclaims. “The real sum is known by nobody”.