Awaza (or Avaza) is a touristic zone in Turkmenistan. It is located at the east side of the Caspian Sea, 12 km west of Turkmenbashi city. The zone was commissioned by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, who sought to imitate Dubai's development boom. Turkmenistan's foreign ministry has touted Awaza as a "Turkmen Las Vegas"[1] but foreign reports on the project have found that the accommodations are underutilized and hold little attraction apart from their sheer excess.[2]

In May 2018, an industry conference was held in the resort, discussing the financing for the completion of the $8 billion natural gas TAPI pipeline.[3]

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  1. ^ "Shrinking exports spell trouble for Turkmenistan". The Economist. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ Richard Orange (11 June 2011). "Awaza, Turkmenistan: the most ill-conceived resort ever built?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  3. ^ Reuters Staff (23 May 2018). "Turkmenistan says close to securing TAPI pipeline financing". Reuters. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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