03.04.2017: Al-Farabi

Abu Nasr Muhammad ibn Muhammad Al Farabi (872 in Syr Darya/Kazakhstan - 951 in Damascus/Syria) was of Persian descent. Al-Farabi spent almost his entire life in Baghdad/Iraq where he studied logic, medicine and sociology; but he also visited Aleppo/Syria and Egypt. In the Arabic philosophical tradition he is known as "the second master" - after the Greek philosopher Aristotle.

Al-Farabi broke with the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle and moved from metaphysics to methodology: he united theory and practice! Among others he wrote a book about music and discussed the therapeutic effects of music on the soul; in a book about dreams he distinguished between dream interpretations and the nature and causes of dreams. The "ideal society" he claimed is directed towards the realization of "true happiness" - and cities are determined by the moral habits of its people.

02.03.2017: EURASIAN Catalyst

After the Soviet Union had been dissolved the former city of Akmola was named Astana in 1997 to become the new capital of Kazakhstan built by a master plan developed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kusokawa. Meanwhile Astana is a catalyst for all EURASIA due to its Astana Economic Forum, the Astana Club of Nobel Laureates, the international platform G-Global Development Community, the Eurasian Club of Economics Scientists and last but not least the EXPO 2017.

The biggest five shopping centers in Astana are according to Trade Help the famous Khan Shatyr (designed by Norman Foster as a typical regional Jurte) with 127.000 square meters built in 2010, Keruen (64.000/2008), Astana Mall (50.000/2009), Asia Park (46.000/2009) and Sary Arka (41.000/2008). The biggest centers under construction are Mega Silk Way (139.000/2017) and Republika Plaza (98.000/2018). More about general investment planning and partnering see: GUIDE TO INVESTMENT ASTANA.

07.02.2017: Silk Road Hub

The first roots of Almaty go back to 1000 - 900 BC. Later (700 BC-1st AC) Saka- and Wusun-tribes settled north of the Tian Shan mountain range.

City culture in Almaty developed during the early Middle Ages (8th - 10th century AC) creating also an early educational centre. In the 10th - 14th century Almaty became part of the SILK ROAD due to its agriculture (its famous apples), craft and trade - possessing even at that time an official mint. Building now a modern Eurasian PowerCenter in the global economy of the 21st century Almaty is an ideal hub to revitalize the historical Silk Road network.

24.01.2017: Start of AEUC

In December 2016 the President of the European Retail Academy, Prof.Dr.B.Hallier, proposed at the Almaty Investment Forum to create an Almaty Eurasian University Complex as a vocational educational platform for universities along the historical Silk Road.

Now in January 2017 european-retail-academy.org/AEUC has been designed and established by the former ERA-trainees Alina Pukhovskaya/Russia and Valto Vaaraniemi/Finland. The founding partners of AEUC are the European Retail Academy (ERA) based in Germany and Trade Help as a first sponsor from Kazakhstan.

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