Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Askar Mamin has rubberstamped an ambitious plan to convert the Caspian Sea oil town of Aktau into a holiday resort for industry personnel operating in its major hydrocarbons region of Mangistau.
Accommodations will also cater to wealthy residents from other parts of the country as foreign travel remains limited because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the end of the last week, Mamin participated in an inauguration ceremony near Aktau, marking the start of the second phase of development of the resort area at a 10-hectare plot of land stretching along the Caspian shore south of the city.
During this phase, private investors have promised to build several four-star and five-star hotels, a golf club, a water park, an amusement park, a shopping mall and residences — all capable of serving up to 750,000 people per year.
Earlier this summer, a group of investors is understood to have opened the 500-room Rixos Water World Aktau, which claims to be the “only true five-star hotel” in Central Asia.
Reports also said that plans are under way to obtain government permission to build a casino within the designated resort area near Aktau.
Known to Kazakhstanis as the Caspian Riviera, the sandy beach area near Aktau has now received a new name from developers, Aqualina Resort, reminiscent of a resort of the same name in Miami, Florida, located next to Trump International Beach Resort.