Uzbekistan Set to Host 12th ICTM Session

Wed May 29 2024
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JEDDAH: The city of Khiva in Uzbekistan, an ancient and archaeological city famous for its rich history and vibrant culture, is set to host large numbers of visitors from all over the world, especially from Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to participate in the twelfth session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM), the OIC statement said on Tuesday.
The conference under the theme: “Development of the Tourism Industry in Sustainable and Resilient Way” will be held on May 31- 02 June 2024.
The city will also host activities and events celebrating Khiva as the OIC Tourism City in 2024.
The statement said Khiva, is one of the most ancient cities in the Khorezm region and has a history spanning more than 2,500 years. It is famous for its medieval Itchan Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.
The city-preserved open-air museum offers a glimpse into the eminent past of the region, from its vast scientific and cultural progress to its contributions to enriching Islamic civilization.
Uzbekistan’s Khorezm region was a beacon of science and learning between the 9th and 12th centuries, with the famous Al-Ma’mun Academy in Khorezm promoting pioneering works in astronomy, chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. Renowned scholars have emerged from this region, such as Muhammad bin Musa Al-Khwarizmi and Abu Al-Rayhan Al-Biruni, a scholar of astronomy and philosophy.
There is no doubt that visitors to Khiva will be impressed by the combination of ancient traditions and modern developments, because the peaceful environment, the hospitality of the local people, and the variety of excellent facilities for visitors make Khiva a unique destination committed to preserving its historical heritage while providing modern amenities to ensure a distinctive and educational experience for tourists.
It is hoped that the celebration of Khiva as the Tourism City of the Islamic world in 2024 will strengthen the tourism sector. Ministers and dignitaries of the tourism sector from the OIC Member States will meet in Khiva from May 31 to June 02, 2024.
The upcoming Ministerial Conference in Khiva aims to achieve strategic tourism goals, including choosing tourism cities in the Islamic world for the years 2025 and 2026, enhancing cooperation between OIC Member States in the tourism sector, renewing the focus on developing Islamic tourism, and highlighting the tourism potential in Central Asia, especially in Uzbekistan.

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