Baku Archipelago

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Map showing the location of the Baku Archipelago.

The Baku Archipelago is a group of coastal islands close to Baku, Azerbaijan. The waters surrounding the islands are shallow. The archipelago is made up of the following islands, besides a few small sandbanks.

Islands[edit]

Islands located in the Bay of Baku:

Islands located SW off the bay detached from the main group:

Ecology[edit]

The vegetation of the islands in the Baku Archipelago has been quite damaged by the pollution caused by the oil wells in the same bay, so that most islands are almost devoid of vegetation. Formerly this archipelago provided an ideal ecosystem for the Caspian seal. Sturgeons are still found where the waters are not too polluted. Certain birds that visit Baku Bay, like teal ducks, Herring Gulls, and grebes find refuge in these islands that are uninhabited except for gas-extraction installations and a lighthouse. There is an automatic monitoring station for water pollution in the area located in Svinoy Island.[1]

Tourism[edit]

Lately, tourism has been intensively developing in the Baku Archipelago.The Boyuk Zira island, of the islands located on the offshore of Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, is on its way to a major expansion. The island will be divided into several areas; a park, a residential area, a military port etc. The park will be fragmented from the other areas, as its areas are subjected to strong winds. Baku is famous for it’s Old City, and to commemorate this, old style house will be built within the town’s fortress. When it comes to religions, Azerbaijan is known as of the most tolerant countries in the world. A mosque, a church, and a synagogue are planned to be build. During the reign of the Soviet Union, Boyuk Zira has been known as a place where the Stalin’s prisoners were sent - to pay tribute to this, a common grave is set to be placed. Moreover, a mall, a school, and a clinic should be functioning on the island. Public events, such as summits, are projected to take place on the island. To ensue these, different venues including clubs and entertainment events are planned to take place on the other side of island, so that the residents will not be disturbed. This project has interested a lot of foreign investors, and a total of two to three billion manat ($255 000 000 - $382 000 000) has been set to implement this.][2]

Construction and Modernization[edit]

For the last decade most of the islands in archipelago have undergone incredible changes. Like other regions of Azerbaijan republic, islands in Baku archipelago are developing, day by day. Neighboring to the Boyuk Zira island, the tower at the artificial Khazar Islands is about to be recognized as the tallest building in the world. Its creator, Ibrahim Ibrahimov, that he had a vision to build these island on his way from Dubai, which is not coincidence, as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is considered the tallest building in the world. According to Avesta management(Ibragimov’s company)a new Azerbaijan Tower will be 200 m higher than current world’s tallest building - Burj Khalifa, and 50 m higher than the Kingdom Tower that is going to be constructed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The specific thing about these islands is that they are created by bring rock back to the sea in order to build artificial islands in Baku archipelago. The islands are supposed to support the incoming population from the capital, Baku, and support their education and lifestyle, as they plan to build schools and entertainment centers. The main hotel at the islands is subjected to compete with Burj Al Arab, a world renown seven star hotel in Dubai. Except business buildings and hotels, the project, also, promises to provide houses in capacity of 800.000 for its residents. According to Avesta, the project is planned to be completed by the period between 2020-2025.[3]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 40°17′N 49°58′E / 40.283°N 49.967°E / 40.283; 49.967