About Haileybury Almaty
Almaty is a hidden gem of a city nestling in the foothills of the ZailiyskyAlatau mountain range. These mountains are part of the magnificent TienShen range which stretches to the Himalayas in the South and the Altai range in the North. The mountains form a spectacular backdrop to a thriving city in the rapidly developing nation that is Kazakhstan. Kazakstan gained sovereign status in September 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. It is rich in oil, gas, minerals and metals and as such well placed to prosper from the commodity hungry growth of the the emerging market countries of Russia, India and China which surround Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan has been led by President NursultanNazarbayev since independence and a significant part of the successful growth of the country can be attributed to his policies of neutrality, ethnic tolerance and his ability to balance the relationships with its influential neighbours whilst also maintaining strong ties with the West. This has allowed for a healthy influx of foreign investment in all sectors of the economy with strong economic growth which has proved to be resilient to the economic shocks impacting many of the world's economies.
Astana has been the capital since 1997. Almaty was the capital prior to that and it is still the commercial, cultural and entertainment hub. There is a wide selection of restaurants, clubs and bars with a relaxed "pavement cafe" type atmosphere in the warmer months. The summers are hot but not unpleasantly so as the climate is quite dry and the temperature rarely rises above 35 degrees centigrade. The surrounding countryside provides limitless opportunities for trekking and exploring in the mountains and on the endless steppe. A short drive outside the city can bring breathtaking vistas of the Zhailau (high mountain pastures) which have to be seen to be appreciated.
If you are without a car a 20 minute bus ride from the centre will bring you to Medeo where there is a huge open air ice rink – nighttime skating when it is snowing is extraordinarily enchanting. Alternatively you can take a ride in the worlds second longest mono-cable Gondola from Medeo to Shymbulak ski resort. The gondola was built by Doppelmayr in 2010 and will take you up to Shymbulak (www.shymbulak.com<http://www.shymbulak.com>) at 2200m in about 15 minutes. Shymbulak operates all year round providing a great destination for a long lazy lunch in the summer surrounded by beautiful alpine meadows and snow capped peaks with full ski and snowboarding facilities in winter, including floodlit night skiing. The winters are cold by temperate standards with temperatures occasionally dropping to -20 degrees but it is rarely windy at this time of year and the low humidity and high incidence of sunshine combine to offer allow you to enjoy the dramatic winter scenery. Most International companies prefer to locate in Almaty, not least because the attractiveness of the location boosts their recruitment of talent.
The airport in Almaty is well served by a variety of international carriers with direct flights to many hubs (London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Moscow, Bangkok, Seoul, Beijing, etc) with new destinations being added every month.