On  July 7 English Speaking Club users discussed  a topic “Елорда тойы – Елдің тойы= Нур-Султан– главный город страны!= Nur-Sultan– the main city of Kazakhstan”. We were speaking about our young Capital. People of  Kazakhstan  renamed the capital Astana into Nur-Sultan,  in honor of the country’s First leader.  The idea of creation of a new, modern capital of Kazakhstan belongs to President N. Nazarbayev.

The Yessil River is a major waterway of the capital. Nur-Sultan’s favourable location in the centre of the Eurasian continent makes it an economically advantageous transport, communication and logistics centre, and a natural bridge between Europe and Asia. The city’s economy is based on trade, industrial production, transport, communication and construction.

Nur-Sultan is among the leading cities of the country in terms of the volume of construction. After the city became the capital of Kazakhstan, 10 million square metres of housing facilities have been built. Hundreds of companies from Kazakhstan and abroad took part in the construction of Nur-Sultan.

The architectural concept of Nur-Sultan was based on the idea of N.A. Nazarbayev implying a special Eurasian style of the capital should harmoniously combine the cultural traditions of both the East and the West. A well-known Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa became the author of the general layout of the capital city. Now Nur-Sultan - is a showcase of modernist architecture. The major symbol and a brand of the city is the Baiterek monument. Among other unique buildings of the capital are the Palace of Peace and Accord, the Khan Shatyr shopping mall built in the shape of a tent and Duman, the farthest oceanarium from the sea in the world.

 The new sports facilities of Nur-Sultan include the 30,000-seat closed stadium Astana-Arena and a unique 10,000-seat Saryarka National Cycling Centre acknowledged as the best cycling facility in the world. The capital of Kazakhstan became the center of attention for students from across the country. In Nur-Sultan, the country’s leading universities are located, involving Nazarbayev University, Gumilev Eurasian National University, Kazakh National University of Arts, Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University, as well as Kazakh branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and Astana Medical University.

A unique Green Belt project envisaging the forests are planted around Nur-Sultan turned the city into a green oasis in the steppe. Within a few years, due to the political will of President N.A. Nazarbayev- Nur-Sultan transformed into the Kazakhstani national idea and became a symbol of independence and global success of the young state.

In his speech N.A. Nazarbayev mentioned the significance of development of the new capital city: «This is not simply the ancient earth of Saryarka, where the new capital was born. It is the cradle of the country’s future. The history of Nur-Sultan city  and the future of the people of Kazakhstan are inseparable from each other. Nur-Sultan embodies power, dynamical development and stability of our country. It has become a strong and prospering city that unites all residents of Kazakhstan and paves its path into the future. The capital city is the heart of our motherland, the symbol of people’s confidence in their own strength and great mission. Nowadays representatives of more than 100 nationalities live in Nur-Sultan. Both Kazakhstan and its capital city are built on the basis of people’s friendship, mutual understanding and trust,” he concluded.