Khiva and Avila to become sister cities

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January 23, 2018

Khiva and Avila to become sister cities

Delegation of Uzbekistan visited the historic city of Avila. According to the khokim of the city of Khiva Erkin Yakubov, Khiva and Avila can become sister cities. Negotiations between the administrations of the two historical centers on this issue have already begun. This was reported by the Press Service of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Development of Tourism.

«We have a lot of things in common between the cities of Avila and Khiva, – noted the khokim. – Both cities are fortresses. Avila was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985, and Khiva in 1989. These fortified cities can be entered through the gates – 4 in Khiva and 6 in Avila. We have adobe walls, and they have stone walls. At the same time, the population of Khiva is 1,5 times more than Avila’s, 89 thousand and 53 thousand, respectively. The experience of preserving the historical heritage and attracting tourists to Avila is worthy of attention. Spanish partners are expressing a great interest in cooperation and assistance in development of tourism».


Delegation of Uzbekistan in Spain is taking part in the largest tourism fair FITUR 2018. The delegation includes representatives of the State Committee on Development of Tourism, khokimiyats of Khorezm region, cities of Khiva and Hazarasp, as well as tourism companies specialized in attracting Spanish tourists.