Baku and Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a land of plentiful natural resources, centuries- old culture and legendary hospitality. For centuries the country has been at the crossroads of continents and civilisations. With lands spanning Europe and Asia, it is a commercial, political and cultural bridge between east and west, north and south. 

Goygol Lake, Azerbaijan
 
 

Baku

Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Its UNESCO-listed Old City is ringed by burgeoning new skyscrapers yet, barely a few hours’ drive away, timeless rural villages are backed by the soaring Caucasus mountains.

Eclectic architecture – combining historical heritage of the east and west with iconic contemporary buildings – makes Baku one of the most beautiful cities in the world. International hotels, exclusive shopping and excellent restaurants make it an attractive destination. 

Shirvanshah’s Palace, Baku Old City
 
 

A key city on the world stage

Baku is firmly established as a key city on the world stage. Open and tolerant, it is a global centre for intercultural dialogue and cooperation, regularly bringing together political, cultural and religious leaders from around the world. Baku has also hosted landmark international events, such as the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, the first-ever European Games in 2015, the Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017 and, annually since 2016, the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Hosting World Expo 2025 would be a natural continuation of our proven track record in delivering large-scale international events. 

Shadagh Mountains, Azerbaijan