In pictures: Azerbaijan prepares for summer games

Azerbaijan, a country at a crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia will be going down in history this summer.The capital city, Baku, has been recognised for its exceptional efforts to make this event a grant triumph.1st European Games will be held in Baku from 12 to 28 June 2015, and will feature over 6,000 athletes from 50 NOCs competing in 20 sports.

They won the nomination to host the first European Games by gaining 38 out of 48 votes at the 41st international Olympic Committee General Assembly in Rome on 8 December 2012. This showcases the potential of this country to conduct any international event.
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While the city prepares itself for the influx of visitors, the city has been listed among “Top 52 Places to Go in 2015” by the New York Times. The Lonely Planet also made Baku part of its “Ultimate party cities” list. Through the honor of hosting the first European Games Azerbaijan is projected to turn around its economy. The event has managed to rapidly raise the tourism profile of the city.
In the last few years, the city has seen a rise in iconic projects such as HOK’s Flame Towers as well as Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre. Currently underway is Baku’s White City project. It has also recently completed a striking new airport designed by Turkish firm Autoban. 

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