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11% more Azeris travel to Iran

11% more Azeris travel to Iran

Statistics show that 11.6 percent more Azeris traveled to Iran in the first four months of this year as compared to a similar period last year. The Republic of Azerbaijan has seen a 1.1 percent increase in the travels of its citizens abroad as compare to last year to reach 289 thousand people.  

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Inauguration of Tabriz 2018

Inauguration of Tabriz 2018

The city of Tabriz in Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran, has been selected as the Tourism Capital of Islamic Countries 2018. The opening ceremonies for the year-long event will take place on Wednesday 25 April by President Rouhani.  

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Iran resumes gas swap with Turkmenistan

Iran resumes gas swap with Turkmenistan

The gas swap deal with Turkmenistan through Iran resumed on 28 April 2018 following negotiations between the two countries’ leaders. As reported by Persia Digest, the swap through Iran came to a halt in January due to the low quality of gas exported by Turkmenistan. Following negotiations, the order was issued on 27 April to resume this on 28 April.  

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“Takamchi” messengers of Nowruz and joy

“Takamchi” messengers of Nowruz and joy

It has been customary since ancient times for messengers and town criers to herald in Nowruz and spring with particular traditions. Customary groups of messengers in countries that celebrate Nowruz, especially in Iran, go by names such as “Atash Aruzan”, “Haji Firuz”, “Bi Nowruzak”, “Naneh Nowruz”, “Mama Nowruz”, “Pir Baba”, “Naneh Maryam”, “Kuseh Beranshahan”, “Amu Nowruz”, “Sayachi”, and “Takahmchi”.  

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Visa on arrival for Iranians traveling to Azerbaijan

Visa on arrival for Iranians traveling to Azerbaijan

The Republic of Azerbaijan has lifted visa requirements for Iranian national as from yesterday, 16 March 2018. All visas will be issued on arrival at the international airports of Azerbaijan. The Iranian Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Javad Jahangirzadeh, said: “Following talks between Foreign Minister Javad Zarif of Iran and the President of Azerbaijan Republic, the country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement informing the Iranian Embassy that visas will be given on arrival at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport and other international airports serving Azerbaijan.  

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Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire

Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire

Iran has had a long tradition of holding festivals, and Chaharshanbeh Suri is one of the ancient Iranian festivals of fire and a prelude to Nowruz. Many Iranian festivals have been forgotten during the course of history, but Chaharshanbeh Suri, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, is a night which, according to ancient Iranian rituals, people light a great fire that sometimes burns until dawn. They jump over bonfires and sing “[let] your ruddiness [be] mine, my paleness yours” to give their illnesses, problems and sorrows to the fire, and the fire gives them its warmth and ruddiness instead.

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Exceptional discounts for touring Iran in Nowruz

Exceptional discounts for touring Iran in Nowruz

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization Deputy has been conducting talks with selected hotels and airlines to arrange exceptional discounts for tourists traveling to Iran during the Nowruz New Year from Turkey, Iraq, and the Republic of Azerbaijan.  

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Start of Astara-Moscow cargo train

Start of Astara-Moscow cargo train

The Director for the Office of International Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways has announced trilateral negotiations between Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia to launch the Astara-Moscow cargo train.

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Tabriz a priority for Turkish investors

Tabriz a priority for Turkish investors

The Turkish Consul General in Tabriz pointed to the profound, common ties of his country with Iran, and said: “Tabriz is a priority for Turkish investors”. At a meeting with the Deputy Governor of East Azerbaijan Province on Monday, Çağlar Fahri Çakıralp said: “I always extend invitations to Turkish investors to come to Tabriz. In return, I also ask Tabrizi investors to go to Turkey. Interactions and trade must be mutual.”  

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“Day of Disaster” eliminated, “Hamlet” staged

“Day of Disaster” eliminated, “Hamlet” staged

Today, on the fifth day of the Fajr International Theater Festival, 38 stage and offstage plays are planned in the international category. Four of these will be performed on stage and five offstage from Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, and Azerbaijan.

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Iran’s biggest opera performance in Tabriz 2018

Iran’s biggest opera performance in Tabriz 2018

“The great sardars of Azerbaijan” opera, which is also Iran’s greatest opera performance, will go on stage during the “Tabriz 2018” event in this city.  The cast has over 250 players and the crew 50, telling the story of Azerbaijan’s martyrs. It has been produced in the three Azeri, Persian, and English languages and is ready to go on stage.

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