Tourism Development Plan Sparks Fears For Ancient Uzbek City; Ron Synovitz; RFERL

Uzbekistan – Historic Centre of Bukhara

If your country boasted one of the most complete examples of a medieval Islamic city in the world, brimming with architectural wonders and rich history owing to its ancient splendor, how would you go about selling it as a tourist attraction to foreigners?

Uzbekistan, if things go according to a draft development plan for the city of Bukhara, would develop a glitzy new tourist zone in an area specifically intended to serve as a buffer to keep modern construction from intruding on the UNESCO-protected city center.

The plans, obtained by RFE/RL, show that “Ancient Bukhara” tourist zone would abut the northwestern side of the city’s earthen citadel, whose origins date to the 5th century AD.

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