Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Arak - Markazi Province

Arak's General information:
The City of Arak is in the southwest of the Markazi province. Arak has cold winters and moderate summers. It is the capital of the province and is 295 km far from Tehran. The city is one of the industrial poles of the country, almost the third important industrial city after Tabriz and Isfahan.


Arak - Mountain view

Arak's Neighborhood:
In the North of city you see Saveh, Tafresh and Komeijan. West meets Malayer and Shazand, East is facing Mahallat and Qom. In the south of Arak there are Khomein and Golpaigan cities.

Arak's Infrastructures:
As the main transportation infrastructure, the Tehran - Khuzestan railroad crosses this city. Also Tehran-Qom highway continues through Salafchegan to Arak city. All Mobile operators in Iran, (MCI, MTN Irancell and Taliya) are active in the city of Arak.

Arak - Haftad Gholleh District

Arak's Establishment:
The Arak city was established during the reign of Fathali Shah Qajar. At first this city was called "Qaleh Soltan Abad". In 1840 its name changed to Arak. Since its establishment till date Arak faced several changes. Until the early 1890 ,Arak was a military city and the base for generals. But from the time of Mirza Hassan Khan, the military status of the city reduced and gradually became a commercial and industrial city. Once the World War I broke out and the Qajar dynasty cracked down, Russian forces occupied Saveh, Soltan Abad, and the nearby regions. When the World War I and the political changes of the country ended, Soltan Abad also faced the changes of that time, and its physical appearance changed immensely. This process continued to the next decades. Presently, Arak is one of the important industrial cities of Iran.

Arak Nuclear Site:
Iranian heavy water nuclear site is placed in Arak city. The Arak nuclear reactor is a heavy water reactor for processing Platinum which Iran has always declared for peaceful purposes.


Arak's Heavy water nuclear plant

Universities of Arak city:
Arak University of Medical Sciences
Arak University of Science and Technology
University of Arak
Islamic Azad University of Arak
Tarbiat Moallem University of Arak
Payam-e-noor university of arak (Distance Learning)
Mashinsazi technological training center

Related website: اراک و کمیجان

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bushehr city - Bushehr Province

History of Bushehr
Bushehr is a port located in south west of Iran by the Persian Gulf. Bushehr is one of the most critical trade and commerce points and zones in Iran regarding its accessibilities to Indian Ocean and world’s free water-ways. Nader Shah founded Bushehr in 1736 by. Before that, the smaller town located there was called Rishehr, and was the seat of the Nestorian Christian expansion of the 5th century. In 1763 the Persian ruler Karim Khan-e-Zand granted a company (called British East India Company) the right to build a base and trading post there. It was used as a base by the British Royal Navy in the late 18th century. Later in the 19th century, Bushehr, as I described earlier, became an important commercial port. Regrading its importance, I think, it was occupied by British forces in 1856, during the Anglo-Persian War. Bushehr surrendered to the British on December 9,
1856. It was occupied by the British again in 1915, the second time due to German intrigue, most notably by a person known as Wilhelm Wassmuss (I’m not sure about his name’s spelling!). In previous centuries, many Africans settled in Bushehr. Although there is no discernible linguistic influence from Africa in Bushehr, there are cultural and genetic influences. Actually the southern Iranian people are dark skin colored (like Hindus) and have a taste of Arab accent in their speaking language. But they speak and write Persian.

Goor e Dokhtar, Bushahr

Bushehr Handicrafts and Souvenirs
Bushehr’s most known handicrafts are Carpets, Kilim, Gabeh or a traditional form of carpet, felt, mats, baskets, Giveh or a local foot ware, brooms, earthenware, hookas, musk, fishing nets and sweet meat. Local Music and Dances, Bushehr The local music and dancing of this area is very similar to the Africans. The local anthems are traditional the most important of which are known as Sebalo, Shirveh and Yazleh.

Raiis Ali statue, Bushehr

Universities:
Bushehr University of Medical Sciences
Islamic Azad University of Bushehr
Iran Nuclear Energy College
Persian Gulf University

Persian Gulf Coast, Bushehr

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Abadan - Khuzestan Province

In the south east of Iran, in the Khuzestan province, where the sun warms your skin even in the middle of the winter, where the humidity can completely get saturated up to 100% with 60 Centigrades degree heat! there is a city: Abadan

Welcome to Abadan sign, in the international airport of Abadan


Abadan reminds all Iranian about things, nostalgically, the Karoun river which is the longest and the largest in Iran, which is the source of folkloric music of Bandari. this native and old kind of music is based on ragtime rhythm. But as a modern issue, Abadan reminds Iranian of oil, which is our main treasure. Oil was discovered in Abadan in 1908. Abadan also recalls the warm people living in it to me. Abadni people are really friendly, calm and smooth, easy going also.


two views from Karoun River

Abadan has nearly half a million population (2007) while it was dropped nearly to 10,000 people during the imposed war (Iran-Iraq). Abadani people are Persian and Arab but most of both parties are very patriot and nationalist.

Abadan is well-known for its refinery complex which was the largest in the region for years, but not now. also Abadan Institute of Technology AIT is very famous which is founded in 1939.

The city is still beautiful and attractive especially in winter time when the northern regions in Iran are pretty cold.


A night view of Abadan

Abadan has very good tourism facilities regarding the business attractions it makes for companies like hotels, airport and transportation services. Hotel Azadi (Parsian), Karevansara Hotel, Abadan Hotel and some others are samples of 5 or 4 star luxury ones.
You can go to Abadan on air from Tehran, Kish Island, Isfahan, Dubai and some other cities in Iran. Abadan has a train station also for passengers and general transportation. It's also just 80 minutes from Ahwaz by car.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Vegeterian

I am simply becoming a Vegetarian! If you ask me why, I have to say: half for spiritual reasons and half for my concerns about the world I live in. I think people are changing the world's nature. we are killing animals, destrying woods, warming the eart and ... changing the climate.
We kill lots of animals, but many people remain hungry and dying. This is a lose-lose game.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Zanjan city - Zanjan Province

Zanjan

Province and the City
Zanjan Province is located in North West of Iran (Persia). The province has been divided in two in 1996. Qazvin province formed by taking Qazvin and Takestan cities from Zanjan province and 7 other major cities/countries remained in Zanjan province: Zanjan, Abhar, Khorramdarreh, Tarom, Mahneshan, Eejroud and Khodabandeh.

Zanjan Grand Hotel

Zanjan is mostly an industrial province with its major industries in Automobile, Electrics, Metal works and Textiles. Iran Khodro, Iran Transfu Company, Iran Zinc Mines Development Company and Pars Switch are some samples of them.

Tourism and Economy


Zanjan has a great position in different kinds of Tourism like business tourism, Eco Tourism and historical sites tourism. There are many business & investment opportunities in the province for foreign investors and companies. Some of these fields are listed below: …
For tourists interested in historical sites and monuments Zanjan has many things to be visited. The most famous places among them are Rakhtshooi Khaneh (a place where people used to wash their clothes there), Soltanieh citadel tower and some Karevansaras (Places for travelers and ancient letter carriers, Chapars) etc.

Soltanieh Citadel


Two Soltanieh Inside views
One of the most Significant points of Zanjan city, is Caspian Exhibition complex. Caspian is in the suburb of Zanjan, close to El Daghi complex. I think Caspian Exhibition can play a great role in Zanjan’s economy growth. Caspian is designed in 3 phases and right now (July 2007) the 1st phase is completed in three salons (1600, 3200 and 3600 Square meters) and the second phase is 40% completed. One the most important issues that Caspian suffers from, is car parking area for visitors.
Modern Zanjan

Nowadays, Zanjan city with a population of nearly half a million (1.2 million people the whole province) is almost a modern city in Iran but still with traditional culture and life style. I really felt the lack of entertainment facilities in the city, since the only places to get some rest for residents are El Daghi and Mellat complexes. There are two lakes in Zanjan which I really missed some Jet Skies and boats, but there isn’t any.

El Daghi Complex

Education

Today’s Zanjan is a good place for education. There are many universities in Zanjan and there are lot students from other cities especially from Tabriz and Tehran. Professor Sobouti, who is a Zanjani himself, has made a well equipped university for post graduation which is one the most beautiful and pleasure places I’ve ever seen as an academic center in Iran.


Post Graduate - Zanjan University (Prof. Sobooti)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Qom city - Qom Province

Qom is a religious city just 160 Km south west of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Since this city plays a great role in Iran’s governance, there is lots of attention on this city. Beside the modern attention, the city has an independent character regarding its culture and its influence on the whole country.
Qom is considered to be a holy city among Shia Muslims, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Masume, sister of Imam Ali ibn Musa Reza (789-816 A.D.). The city is the largest center for Shia scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination for pilgrims.


Shrine, Qom

I travelled to one of Qom’s suburbs last month to dig one of its most famous handicrafts known for Iranians and also for the whole world from Iran: The Blue beads!
The Original Blue Beads

The Blue Beads are known to be of good luck and bringing you the good things while they keep the curse and bad luck far from your fate. Those are all about superstitions of course, but the blue glaze on the beads, are welcome by most cultures by the way.
Making Blue Beads

Qom is the origination of blue beads since 1000 B.C. but nowadays we see Turkish handicraft makers claim Blue Beads are originated from their country, which is simply a false judgment regarding the most famous encyclopedia, Britannica.
A modern Islamic Blue Beads Handicraft

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dubai

Dubai is experiencing high construction plans and projects these days. There are still lots of halfway projects in Dubai: residential, trade zones, complexes and etc.

Maybe more than half of these projects are held by Iranian investors because they have found Dubai a safer place to invest in. It's a pity for Iran's Economy and I regret it, but Economy has been always proved itself as un-magisterial and logical.

As a result of this attention Dubai receives from constructors, this city is attracting retail investors' attention too. There are lots of Iranian rushing to buy a property in Dubai for the benefits and the scope of the future also. benefits like having a permanent residential VISA permission or ability to rent the house. Right now the rate of rent in Dubai is nearly 13 percent of the value of the property per year which is quiet good comparing with Iran's 7%.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Taleghan

Taleghan is a beautiful village near Qazvin (Ghazvin) but located in Tehran province. It's around 80 Miles away from city of Tehran, the capital of Iran and among the Alborz Mountains.
Taleghan which is also pronounced in Persian as Talaghan, means mine of gold. Taleghani people are well educated comparing other country and villages in Iran. the most famous people of modern Taleghan are Ayotollah Taleghani, Jalal Al e Ahmad, Omidvar brothers and Colonel Fallahi.

Taleghan is nearly including 100 smaller villages and countries. I have travelled across some of them. there are people in these villages who haven't even travelled to a neighbour village at the ages of 50!! but as I said, most of them are civilized and even well educated.


here are some views from Koolaj village in the heart of Taleghan:



Friday, April 06, 2007

Khorramshahr city - Khuzistan Province

Khorramshahr was Iran's and Persian Gulf's biggest port before Iran\s revolution in 1979. During the war between Iran and Iraq which were clearly imposed by Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein in those ages, Khorramshahr destroyed and ruined after Iraqi invasion.

Now, after nearly 26 years from the beginning of the war, Khorramshahr is still a poor and lorn land, with heavy casualties you can see in your own eye every where in the city.

a view of a ruined house during the war in 1981 (picture took in 2006)

A poor guy sleeping in the street, while the temperature is around 50 Centigrade (120 Fahrenheit) and the humidity is nearly 100%!


Monday, March 26, 2007

I traveled to Tabriz and some near places over there in Norooz holidays. Kandovan Village is one of them. Kandovan is a village inside the mountains in a high altitude Zagros sierra. the people of Kandovan live in houses dug inside the mountains and their income is from selling Dairies, meet, wool, Honey and dried vegetables.
this is a view of Kandovan village:


Handcrafts are also among these people's business. People in Moghan, Ardebil, Sabalan and Tabriz knit and weave Kilims (Gelim) from wool and silk. beneath you can see a sample (for more sample go to Iranian Handcrafts website)


if you got same experiences or want to know more about Azerbayjan, please do not hesitate to comment it here or send me emails to emad at irxp . com

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Y! answers is an amazing place! few days ago I just dumped in to a page, and saw it is completely different from what I'd seen years ago! I looked at some questions and found this one interesting:

If Christianity really is the true religion....?
Then what will happen to the devout Muslims, Buddists, Hindus and so on who were taught that their religions were right. Will they go to hell?

I really thought I got my words to say, so I replied:

I am a muslim, but not a radical and extrimist one! I believe in god and in being good to others. let me review your word: "Will they go to hell?"
and let me put it this way:
why did I become a muslim, and you became a christian? cause your parents were christians and mine were muslims!! so none of us decided to be something! and next, if you belive in god as the Just & Clement Creator, don't you think it is injustice to send to hell someone for what he/she hadn't chosen??

we all will be judged due to what we have done to other people (and even animals, environment and ourselves regarding my own belief)
as the last example I cannot imagine Hitler going to heaven cause he was a christian and Ghandi going to hell because he wasn't!

and... my answer got the best answer's award! cheers!

Friday, February 16, 2007

I had some partners from Malaysia 4 years ago and since I enjoyed the relation with them, mutual respect and kind behavior, I was really interested to see the country and its countrymen, especially because I had been heard a lot about the beauties.
By the way I had the chance to visit Malaysia just last week for 4 days. I got to Kualalampour, Putrajaya, Sunway and some other cities over there, but the facts I saw by myself were regretfully and unfortunately different and so far away from the view I’d made of Malaysia in my mind before.
First thing I noticed was an extremely rude treatment by their people from taxi drivers, tour guides and even hotel receptionists.
Taxi drivers usually do not use taxi meters and almost always cheat on transport costs. I think the government has not enough influence on them in this matter. I stayed in grand season hotel which claims to be the tallest hotel of Malaysia, but I have to say, as a four star hotel, the service was so poor to considered as a good accommodation solution. I experienced problems with bathroom and air condition system, and the elevators were always so late to pick you up. I talked to some other guests and they agreed with me on these points.
By the way, I left the country to Singapore, a completely different experience from Malaysia! Singapore was exactly organized and disciplined at the other hand and can be a good model for Malaysian governors.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Tehran is extremely poluted these days. take a look:


it's Tehran's Mossalla's view from my office (PersianBlog)



the same view in a day which Tehran is less poluted!Believe or not, there is no photoshop edition! you can't see the mountains in many days! and there's something else: everyday 27 of Tehran citizens die regarding the polution (Etemad e Melli daily 9 Jan 2007)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Gold down, Oil down and ... US dollar down! what else American economists and merchants would expect? lower USD rates goes in oposite of GB Pound and Euro, higher the amount of international transactions take place in dollar scale.
today I wrote an article in my persian blog (business-iran.persianblog.com) about the side effects of stable and lowered gold and oil price on Iran's economy. the main thing I have mentioned is about its effect on national inflation and the rate of domestic investment through the people's saving money.

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Handcraft businesses should boost up Iran's international trade fairs in my point of view. there're two paralel and related markets: Travel and Tourism vs Handcrafts and handmade artworks. both have roots in cultural issues and native attraction of ancient civilizations like Iran.
My experience shows foriegn travelers get shocked by the facts of Iran in their first visits. one of the most strong reasons is the impact of their local medias which are not imparial in my opinion.
by the way Iran has a great potential for handcraft market with original ideas, good quality and low prices. just to give it an example Iranian Bamboos are unknown to the most of people while they know Indian and African Bamboo well.