In June 2009, the opening ceremony of the first facilities of the Avaza National Tourist Zone took place on the Caspian coast. The “Avaza” project initiated by President of Turkmenistan occupies a special place in the strategic plans of the country over the next decade and, therefore, is dedicated to accumulate all of the most advanced achievements of world architecture, engineering, technical design and creative ideas.
Year after year, all new facilities supplement the infrastructure of a modern international-class seaside resort. It offers high-quality hotels, children's health resorts, cottage villages, health and recreation centers. Particular attention was paid to the creation of a full-scale recreation and entertainment complex – the construction of a water park, yacht and sports clubs, restaurants, campgrounds, all sorts of attractions, shopping centers. Today, navigable river runs 7 kilometers through the whole territory of the resort. On both sides of the hydraulic structure landscaped recreation area will be extended, sports and canoeing, sailing regattas will take place there.
The boundaries of the tourist zone have been expanded; its area has increased to five thousand acres. In the third phase of the project there will be a kind of Turkmen “Las Vegas” with numerous casinos and other entertainment centers.
In addition, Avaza began to play the role of a major business, cultural and sports center, where top-level meetings, representative international forums and creative festivals take place. In addition to exhibitions and conferences, it is important to highlight major events like the 10th International Gas Congress held on May 21-22, 2019, as well as the holding of the first Caspian Economic Forum scheduled for August 12, 2019.
A new airport in the city of Turkmenbashi had been commissioned; active works are being implemented on the construction of the highways to Avaza, on the construction of a powerful gas turbine power plant, desalination plant, sewage treatment plants and water supply network system. Turkmenbashi city will become one of the largest transportation centers on the railway transport corridor “North-South,” which is designed as the shortest route to tie the states of Europe and South Asia. The new seaport is awarded with the award from the international consulting company “PricewaterhouseCoopers” and the German logistics and transport company “Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG” (HHLA), a certificate from the container terminal manager in the port of Hamburg, and the Dutch ports of “Zeeland Seaports”.
The port is also included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest port below sea level. The collection of world records noted in the same category - "the largest artificial island below sea level" - an artificial bird island constructed during the construction of the port in order to protect the avifauna.
As our esteemed President noted at one of the expanded meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, effective steps should be taken to reduce the state's share in the economy and expand its private sector. To this end, the Head of the State informed that it was decided to delegate Avaza National tourist zone complex to the management of entrepreneurs.