Today, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a working trip to the Balkan velayat, where he took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new International Airport in the Jebel settlement, as well as in the celebrations on the occasion of the opening of the “Türkmeniň ak öýi” building in the velayat center - the city of Balkanabat.
From the Ashgabat International Airport, the leader of the nation proceeded by helicopter to the construction site of the future transport infrastructure.
Since ancient times, the Great Silk Road ran through the territory of Turkmenistan, called "the crossroads of seven roads", connecting Asia and Europe by trade and cultural ties. And today our country, located at the intersection of modern transcontinental routes, revives in new historical conditions this legendary route, which played a huge role in the development of human civilization.
The transport and communication sphere is one of the key segments of the world economy and trade, directly affecting the stability and balance of world economic relations, is of great importance in solving the problems of sustainable development. Therefore, the relevance and relevance of the constructive initiatives of the head of state, which have received broad support from the world community, is obvious, as is clearly evidenced by the relevant Resolutions, unanimously adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Reading the extremely favorable geographical location of Turkmenistan - at the crossroads of the Eurasian routes of communication - and the potential in this area, one of the priorities of the state policy of an independent neutral Motherland is the development of a multimodal transport and transit infrastructure that meets international standards and includes all types of transport, including air.
To this end, under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, large-scale work is being carried out in our country to improve the material and technical base of civil aviation, regularly replenish its aircraft fleet, train highly qualified specialists for the industry, modernize existing and build new air harbors.
Recall that in 2010 and 2018, international airports in the cities of Turkmenbashi and Turkmenabat were commissioned. In 2016, a new complex of Ashgabat International Airport was opened. And last month, the International Airport was commissioned in the city of Kerki, Lebap velayat. And today the start of the construction of another modern air harbor in the Balkan velayat has been launched, which is assigned the role of an important link in regional and interregional transport and transit communications.
As a result of the implementation of the progressive strategy of the leader of the nation, Turkmenistan is confidently strengthening its position as the most important transport hub and logistics center of regional and continental importance. Effective steps are being taken to solve the tasks set by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the consistent integration of the domestic transport network into the world transport system, expanding the national infrastructure in the East-West and North-South directions. In general, this is intended to contribute to the further activation and optimization of freight and passenger traffic, diversification of their routes.
Thus, our country seeks to realize its impressive potential in this area in order to build up a mutually beneficial trade and economic partnership that meets the interests of the well-being and sustainable development of the region and the whole world.
Upon arrival by helicopter in the village of Jebel, to the groundbreaking site for the new airport, the leader of the nation was greeted with great enthusiasm by the ceremony participants.
Inspirational performances of art masters brought a bright color to the palette of the celebration.
Having greeted the participants of the ceremony, the leader of the nation goes to a specially designated place.
Addressing the audience and all compatriots, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that our independent neutral Fatherland is dynamically developing and confidently moving towards new heights of progress. Turkmenistan is prospering all-round, the well-being and social and living standards of the native people are systematically increasing.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of sacred independence, our Motherland is demonstrating great success and reaching new frontiers, which is fully confirmed by the results of the past six months. For six months of this jubilee year, 32 large objects, many modern comfortable residential buildings, schools, kindergartens and other important new buildings have been built and commissioned in the country, the leader of the nation said. Among them are the Kerki International Airport of the Lebap velayat and the “Türkmeniň ak öýi” building in Turkmenabat, and a number of other structures.
Currently, the construction of about two and a half thousand objects with a total value of more than 37 billion US dollars continues in Turkmenistan. These works are carried out in order to ensure the prosperous life of the people, the further prosperity of an independent neutral Motherland, its transformation into one of the advanced states of the world, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized.
The modern buildings and structures of social and state importance put into operation in honor of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence, being symbols of progressive economic development and building the potential of our beloved Motherland, transform the image of our sunny land beyond recognition, the leader of the nation noted. This testifies to the consistent implementation of the policy implemented in Turkmenistan, based on the fundamental principle "The state is for the person!"
And today, in a solemn atmosphere in the village of Jebel in the Balkan velayat, we are laying the foundation for a new international airport complex with a capacity of 100 passengers per hour, the head of state continued. The construction of this complex, the contractor of which will be determined on the basis of a tender, is financed through a Loan Agreement concluded between the Government of our country and the Abu Dhabi Development Fund. This is a vivid confirmation of the success of close mutually beneficial economic relations of neutral Turkmenistan with foreign states, its high international authority as a reliable partner.
The total area of the new airport, where about two hundred employees will work, will be 275 hectares. According to the project, the complex includes a number of facilities, including a passenger and cargo terminals, a control center, a rescue and fire fighting service building. A modern artificial runway with a length of 3,200 meters, two taxiways and a parking lot for six aircraft and four
The structure of the complex will include a specialized airfield and ground handling facilities for air liners; in total, 15 main structures will be erected. For ground handling of aircraft, it is planned to equip the new airport with 45 types of special equipment.
Thus, in three years, a modern airport will be built on this site. Various aircraft will take off and land here. As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, the new complex of the international airport, the foundation of which we are laying today, will be of great importance in strengthening the material and technical base of the domestic civil aviation. It is intended to play an important role in increasing the volume of passenger and cargo traffic in air transport, in the further economic development of the country, in providing the people with services that meet the requirements of the times.
As the head of state noted further, today in the velayat center - the city of Balkanabat - a modern building "Türkmeniň ak öýi" and a room for a sadak for 3 thousand seats will be opened in a solemn atmosphere. Türkmeniň ak öýi, intended for holding significant forums and various public events, will further decorate the western region. This magnificent building will become a center where all the conditions for organizing celebrations on the occasion of significant events, holidays, incendiary song and musical performances and horse games are provided.
"Türkmeniň ak öýi", embodying the noble traditions of the courageous Turkmen people, will play an important role in the successful implementation of the activities deployed in the Balkan velayat, will be of great importance in the development of our culture and art, educating young people in the spirit of patriotism, national mentality, hard work and high morality , President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Continuing the theme, the leader of the nation recalled the poetry lines of Bayram Shahyr, which became famous song, reflecting the love for the fertile land and nature of the Balkan:
«Daglaryna diýrler Balkan,
Müňkürdir oňa at dakan,
Gyşy geçip, ýaza ýakyn,
Nurlar döker bulutlary».
Having cordially congratulated the participants of the ceremony and compatriots on the laying of the foundation of the new airport, the opening of “Türkmeniň ak öýi” on the ancient Turkmen land of the Balkan velayat, which is transforming day by day, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished everyone good health and great success in work.
“Let these beautiful buildings become our eternal gift to future generations,” the leader of the nation said at the end of his speech.
Here, a video was offered to the attention of the head of state and the participants of the ceremony, allowing to get a visual idea of the new International Airport, which will be built in the village of Jebel, and its main characteristics.
Then representatives of the younger generation turned to the leader of the nation with a request to give his blessing to the beginning of work on the construction of the air harbor and to make a commemorative note, which is placed in a special capsule.
According to the established good tradition, under the thunderous applause of the audience, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave a symbolic start to construction, laying the first shovels of concrete in the foundation of the new airport.
Respected representatives of the older generation and other participants in the celebration followed the example of the head of state.
The leader of the nation talked with the children, asking how they spend their summer holidays. In response, the children expressed their heartfelt gratitude to President Arkadag for creating all the conditions for a good rest.
Then the head of state was photographed for memory with young Turkmen citizens and representatives of the older generation.
At the end of the ceremony, the leader of the nation went by car to Balkanabat to the site of the opening ceremony of "Türkmeniň ak öýi".
On the way, the President of Turkmenistan made a stop at the city Emergency Ambulance Center.
At the site in front of the medical facility, the head of state was cordially greeted by healthcare workers.
Noting that all-round care for the health of the people, and especially the younger generation, is an invariable priority of the state policy of Turkmenistan, the leader of the nation announced the decision to allocate 10 new ambulances from the recently created Charitable Foundation to assist children in need of care named after Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for pediatric departments of hospitals in etraps and cities of the region.
Here, the head of state handed over to the Minister of Health and Medical Industry the keys to new special vehicles equipped with modern specialized equipment.
On behalf of the health care workers, the leader of the nation expressed deep gratitude for the tireless concern for the young citizens of the country and the constant support provided in the modernization of the material and technical base of domestic medicine.
Having talked with the doctors, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that the new ambulances will be a good support for them in their work.
Saying goodbye to the doctors and wishing them success in their noble and responsible work, the head of state continued on his way, proceeding to the “Türkmeniň ak öýi” building built in Balkanabat.
This large social and cultural facility, which has become a new architectural landmark of the administrative center of the Balkan velayat, was erected in accordance with the relevant Decree of the leader of the nation, signed in 2018.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov walks to the site in front of the new building, where a colorful musical and theatrical performance of the united creative teams of the country's coastal region took place.
To the friendly applause of the audience, the head of Turkmenistan, together with honorary elders and representatives of the older generation from five velayats and the capital, cuts the symbolic ribbon. A new magnificent facility is open!
The leader of the nation goes inside the building, where he is greeted with joyful, sonorous verses by children, who also cheerfully perform the kushtdepdi dance. An ensemble of folk instruments also performs here.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov got acquainted with the design and arrangement of "Türkmeniň ak öýi", in the image of which advanced achievements in urban planning and architecture and the best traditions of national architecture found a harmonious combination, with the conditions created here for holding events of various levels, festive celebrations.
Within the walls of "Türkmeniň ak öýi" there is a large concert hall equipped with all the necessary equipment, a spacious hall, office and other specialized premises. In fact, this is a whole complex of objects, including a separate room for a garden, also for 3 thousand seats. The adjacent territory is fully landscaped and landscaped. Many coniferous and decorative trees have been planted here, an access road has been laid, and a lighting system is provided.
Ornate yurts “ak öýi” and traditional high swing are installed nearby.
Upon completion of familiarization with the new building, the President of Turkmenistan proceeded to the hall, where a concert of masters of arts took place on the occasion of the significant event.
The festive program was opened by the inspired literary and musical composition “Magtymguly sözlär tili türkmeniň”. Then, popular artists and creative teams of the country demonstrated their talent in vocal, dance and folklore arts.
A bright, incendiary performance was also prepared by the group of national equestrian games "Galkynyş" of the Akhal-Teke equestrian complex of the President of Turkmenistan. The honed skills of horse riding and trick riding, performance of exciting acrobatic stunts have earned this team recognition and fame both in our country and far beyond its borders.
Legendary "heavenly" horses are a constant decoration of festive events in our country. And now the famous Akhan appears on the arena - a silver-colored horse belonging to the Akhal-Teke equestrian complex of the President of Turkmenistan. As you know, he was included in the Guinness Book of Records due to the fact that he covered a distance of 10 meters on hind legs in 4.19 seconds, breaking the previous record and improving it twice.
Having handed Akhan as a gift to the group of national equestrian games "Galkynyş", the President of Turkmenistan opened the way for new successes of this horse. As part of this group, he traveled to many countries, contributing to the achievement of victories at international festivals.
According to the established tradition, the concert program also included the ancient dance of kushtdepdi, symbolically embodying the inextricable spiritual connection of times and generations in a new historical era.
At the end of the concert, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a memorable entry in the Book of Honorary Guests.
In commemoration of today's event, the head of state donated to “Türkmeniň ak öýi”, built in Balkanabat, a new bus designed for creative teams that will work here.
Then the President of Turkmenistan took part in the festive sadaka. Upon its completion, the leader of the nation warmly said goodbye to the audience and left the scene.
On the same day, the head of state returned to Ashgabat.
At the International Airport of the capital, the leader of the nation held a meeting dedicated to the results of a working trip to the Balkan velayat, during which measures were discussed to successfully solve the tasks set, issues of preparation for significant dates.
At the meeting, reports were given on the activities carried out within the framework of the working trip of the President of Turkmenistan to the western region of the country, as well as on the organizational preparation for the upcoming international events and festive celebrations.
The head of state emphasized the need for an integrated approach to the preparation of events, including international forums, scheduled to be held in honor of the significant date, and ensuring their high organizational level, giving appropriate instructions in this regard.
Noting also the importance of timely commissioning of facilities and ensuring their high quality, the leader of the nation, summing up the results of the meeting, wished everyone success in solving the tasks set during the working trip to the seaside region.
Thus, the celebrations held today in the Balkan velayat have added a new chapter to the historical chronicle of the era of power and happiness. The laying and opening of the next significant objects is an eloquent confirmation of the success of the progressive state policy implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, entirely aimed at the prosperity of an independent neutral Motherland and ensuring the prosperous life of the people.