Turkey is best measured in multitudes – of people, natural landscapes and cultures. It is a land of vast open spaces and massive mountain ranges, fertile valleys and rugged coastline, fast-growing cities and sleepy villages, seaside resorts and remote beaches.
At a glance
Full Name: Republic of Turkey
Capital City: Ankara
Area: 780 580 sq. km.
Population: 71 Million
Time Zone: UTC +3Language : Turkish
Currency : Turkish Lira
Dialling code : +90
Money & costs
New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) = 100 New Kurus (Ykr). Notes are in denominations of YTL200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
1 AED =0.99 ₺
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Be dazzled by the Whirling Dervishes, Cruise down the Black Sea, Detour to the capital, Ankara, Discover caves and bazaars in Sanliurfa, Explore the beaches of Bodrum, Explore the Kaçkar mountains, Get some water therapy, Glide over the dreamland of Cappadocia, Go white-water rafting, Hit the southern coastal town of Antalya, Hop on a boat through Lake Van, Search for Noah on Mount Ararat, Sumela Monastery, Take a ferry to Prince’s Islands, Trek the Lycian Way, Walk with historical giants in Istanbul’s Old City, Wind down in a Turkish bath
Did you know
Oil wrestling is the national sport.
St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Patara. There is a church dedicated to him in Demre, on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast, where he was a bishop.
The turkey bird gets its name from the country, though it is a native bird of the Americas.
A stranger who appears at one’s doorstep is considered God’s guest for at least three days.
The Turks answer their phones with ‘My Master?’ instead of Hello.
Best time to go
High Season (Jun–Aug)
Prices and temperatures highest, Expect crowds, book ahead, Turkish school holidays mid-June to mid-September,
Shoulder Season (May & Sep)
Fewer crowds, apart from around Kurban Bayramı holiday (currently in September), Warm, spring and autumn temperatures, especially in the southwest
Low Season (Oct–Apr)
October is autumn; spring starts in April, Accommodations in tourist areas close or offer discounts. High season in ski resorts
International Istanbul Jazz Festival (July
Antalya International Folk Music and Dance Festival Competition (August/January)
Grape Harvest Festival, Urgup (September/ October)
Golden Orange Film festival (October)
Republic Day (October)
All foreigners must obtain their Turkish visas electronically prior to departure from their country of residence.You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey.
Turkish Consulate Dubai :
8th Floor,Dubai World Trade Center Building,Tel : +971 4 331 4788, Website : www.dubai.cg.mfa.gov.tr
Turkish Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Villa No:1,W59-02 /1,Embassy’s Area – Abu Dhabi. Tel : +971 2 410 9999, Website : www.abudhabi.emb.mfa.gov.tr
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