Azerbaijan a Destination Worthwhile. My week travel log in Azerbaijan – Part 4

In Summation

Hospitality is Azerbaijan’s Grand-Prix

While in Azerbaijan, I attended the 2-days ‘Azerbaijan 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue – Baku Process’. It is a new avenue to try achieve human security, peace and sustainable development. In Azerbaijan interculturalism is protected by the state. It is a special place, a model of harmonious coexistence, a place filled with love, a model-state that should transform every nation, for all mankind to learn from.

As part of having population of different religions and diverse ethnic background, all are living in an incredible harmony. To become world’s exemplary to such coexistence, Azerbaijan invests a great deal in this path.

With Prof. Dr. Kamal Abdullayev-the Forum founder

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev opening speech at the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue – Baku Process
4th World Forum 
on Intercultural Dialogue – Baku Process panel on The Holocaust

One of such investments is the ‘World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue’, now in its 4th year.

Azerbaijan thrives for the world to be a safer place and for that purpose it believes in bringing people from all 4 corners of the world for a poignant dialogue. This is the purpose of the Azerbaijan ‘World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue – Baku Process’ that took place during May 5th-6th, 2017.

Incredibly well organized world event that brought into Azerbaijan over 800 participants, from all over the world, to show, teach, taste and sense a country its citizens are so proud of. Azerbaijan’s exceptional hospitality makes such gathering exceptionally exciting.

The Azerbaijanis are polite people; they make a desirable company to be with and around them.

Due to its location, Azerbaijan thrives to be the corridor, the bridge between east and west. The country is a member of the Council of Europe as well as a member of the Islamic Cooperation Organization. In 2015 Azerbaijan hosted the first European Games, kind of regional Olympics, and it is about to host the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, during May 12-22, 2017 and 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to take place on central streets of Baku on June 23-25, 2017.

Formula 1 is about to take place in Baku; they are in preparation mode and one can sense it.

Mr. Ilham Aliyev is Azerbaijan current president who appears to be a statesman. At the opening event of the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, Mr. Aliyev spoke for approximately half an hour, without a teleprompter or notes. He spoke from the heart, presenting to the audience, in precise sequence, his country’s thus far accomplishments, goals and challenges and he did not hold back when he had to critique the world’s community. In his opinion terrorism is the result of illiteracy and poverty, which Mr. Aliyev is diligently working to defeat in his own backyard.

Azerbaijan is called Republic of Azerbaijan. Its governing system is the Judicial Branch, the Supreme Court, consisting of 39 judges who meet every three months, using the country’s law that is based on the French and German law. The Legislative Branch, the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijan’s National Assembly and the Executive Branch, the President’s office. The country also has a Prime Minister.

Supreme Court made of 39 Judges conference room

At the Supreme Court - for one photo-op I am the Chief Justice of Azerbaijan Supreme Court

Azerbaijan offers its citizen the freedom they deserve. As a new country it is seeking security, stability and outside investments.

It was my first time to visit Azerbaijan. In Baku, the country’s capital, there is that Mideast mixed with European architecture characteristic that give the city a special contrast of old and new. Remnants of the many years of USSR Communist rule can still be seen in the city. The city is growing in leaps and bounds and construction projects can be seen everywhere: Baku, White City project

One of Baku's icon building, Fairmount Hotel in background reflects the old and new in one city
In Baku's old city open bazaar I
 am having fun

It was my first time to be visiting a predominately Moslem county. What I saw, tasted and smelled is exceptionally exiting to share with the world.

Azerbaijan, though a rose in a very thorny neighborhood, could serve as a model for world peace. It is a country where the ancient traditions meet, with pride, the modernity of the 21st century. There is a certain naiveté to the people of this interesting country, naivete I hope and pray they never lose in their country’s dynamic growth and from outside influence.

Azerbaijani carpet weaver
Azerbaijani artisan

I was told that the people on Azerbaijan love guests and they showed it, with much respect and hospitality, to everyone who arrived to attend the Forum.

There is a saying, ‘the opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy’, the apathy it appears that our world is sinking into, not in this small republic.

Go visit Azerbaijan and then please whisper in my ear how right I am of my impression of this quite magical country. 
Baku's port - there is a strong smell of oil, the black gold of Azerbaijan