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 Georgia, The Cradle Of An Ancient Civilisation, Welcomes Malaysian Tourists

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) -- Tourism serves as a vital pillar of Georgia’s economy, demonstrating remarkable growth potential for the future.

Tourism also presents significant opportunities for collaboration and investment in Georgia. As a swiftly expanding sector, it offers promising prospects, particularly in the development of seaside, mountain, and alpine ski resorts.

Georgia boasts one of the most open foreign trade policies globally, characterised by low import tariffs and minimal non-tariff regulations. Over the past decade, numerous international institutions have consistently identified Georgia as a top investment destination and a standout performer on the global stage.

Following the European Council's historic decisions over the last two years recognising Georgia’s European perspective and granting its candidate status, Georgia’s future is firmly anchored with the EU. The country filed its EU membership bid on March 3, 2022.

In history, known as Sakartvelo in its native tongue, Georgia boasts a profound cultural and historical legacy. Inhabited by early humans approximately 1.7 million years ago, it stands as one of Eurasia's oldest inhabited regions. Notably, Georgia prides itself on its distinctive alphabet and language, found nowhere else but within its borders.

Despite enduring numerous conquerors and setbacks, Georgia has consistently risen from adversity. Throughout its history, Georgia has gifted the world with a unique writing system, mesmerising polyphonic singing, captivating dances, renowned wine production, skilled yarn spinning, masterful ironwork, gold mining, and various other marvels of human ingenuity and progress.

In 1918, following the collapse of the Russian Empire, Georgia declared its independence and established its first republic. However, this republic's existence was brief, lasting only three years, albeit filled with optimism for the nation's future.

In 1921, the 25th Army of Soviet Russia entered Georgia, thus beginning the 70-year era of Soviet rule. It wasn't until 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, that Georgia successfully regained its independence, breaking free from the forced union.

Beyond its captivating history, Georgia beckons tourists with remarkable geographical diversity, boasting both the majestic Caucasus Mountains and the serene Black Sea coastline. Visitors can indulge in a plethora of activities, from mountain adventures to leisurely swims, amidst the country's stunning natural landscapes.

Located on the eastern shores of the Black Sea and nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Georgia is a captivating blend of medieval architecture, ancient traditions, and breathtaking landscapes.

Georgia stands as the cradle of an ancient civilisation, strategically positioned at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Bordered by the Black Sea to the west, the Russian Federation to the north, Azerbaijan to the southeast, and Armenia and Turkey to the south, it occupies a pivotal geographical position in the region.

Echoes of the renowned Silk Road, which has linked China to the Mediterranean since ancient times, resonate throughout Georgia's heritage. Traders and adventurers have traversed its historic routes for millennia, leaving behind a legacy that continues to enchant modern-day travellers. From the historic charm of Tbilisi's Old Town to the vineyard-dotted landscapes of Kakheti, from the ancient stone towers of Svaneti to the vibrant beaches and nightlife of Batumi, Georgia offers an array of inspiring experiences.

Yet, Georgia's allure extends beyond its scenic splendour. Culinary enthusiasts flock to the country to savour its unique gastronomic traditions, characterised by a rich tapestry of flavours enhanced by an abundance of aromatic herbs and spices.

Tbilisi, one of Europe's oldest capitals, has served as the cultural, political, and economic hub of Georgia for over fifteen centuries. Nestled within the historic Old Tbilisi, constructed during the early Middle Ages, lies a two-square-kilometre area brimming with iconic landmarks that captivate visitors.

A highlight of Old Tbilisi is its vibrant 17th-century domed baths, renowned for their colourful exteriors and naturally heated sulfur water. Legend has it that these legendary waters inspired King Vakhtang Gorgasali to establish the city. As you luxuriate in these ancient baths, gazing up at the ornate tiles adorning the domes, you'll grasp the allure that compelled a monarch to establish an entire city.

Reflecting Tbilisi's cosmopolitan character is its religious diversity, evident in the array of religious institutions scattered throughout the cobblestone streets and alleys of Old Tbilisi. Churches and a mosque stand as testaments to the city's rich tapestry of faiths.

Georgian cuisine is a reflection of the country's rich past. Despite absorbing culinary influences from neighbouring regions due to its geographical and political position, Georgia has retained its distinct culinary identity. This unique blend of influences is the essence of Georgian cuisine's uniqueness.

Over the course of history, Georgia has been a coveted territory for many foreign powers, drawn by its strategic location between the Black Sea, the Caucasus Mountains, and the Caspian Sea, as well as its position along the Silk Road. Each invasion left its mark on Georgian cuisine, resulting in a diverse and captivating culinary tradition.

Food holds a significant place in Georgian culture and identity. In a country where guests are revered as "gifts from God," Georgian cuisine reflects the immense hospitality of its people. Nowhere is this hospitality more evident than at the Supra, a traditional Georgian feast. Serving as both a social gathering and a ritual, the Supra follows a set of special rules of behaviour, embodying the warmth and generosity that define Georgian hospitality.

The Georgian language, known as Kartuli ena, has evolved from the rich cultural heritage of Georgia's people. Serving as the official language of the country, it is spoken by nearly four million individuals.

The creation of the Georgian script is traditionally attributed to King Parnavaz, a ruler of Iberia in the 3rd century BC. However, the earliest surviving inscription of the Georgian alphabet, discovered on a tablet in Palestine, dates back to 430 AD.

The contemporary Georgian alphabet consists of 33 letters, including five vowels and 28 consonants. It is read from left to right and notably lacks capital letters, articles, or grammatical gender distinctions.

Everyone is welcome to visit our beautiful and friendly Georgia.