Azerbaijan is considered one of the most important countries in the world for oil exploration, and its capital city Baku is fast becoming a leading international oil hub. Those travelling to Baku on business can expect a wealthy, forward thinking metropolis complete with modern facilities and international business events. And with a bit of time to spare, you can explore the ancient Old Town and marvel at the beauty of the Caspian coast.

Getting around in Baku

Baku’s airport lends itself well to those on a busy schedule, just a 30-40 minute taxi drive away from the city centre. Once you’re in the city, The Metro often represents the most efficient mode of transport due to heavily congested traffic. Three different lines serve over 20 stations, making travel within Baku a pleasant and hassle free experience.

Getting to know Baku’s business district & events

Baku’s business district lies in the heart of the city, where you’ll also find our Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan Baku Hotel. The business district is just a short walk from city’s seafront, complete with fabulous views of Baku Bay and the Caspian Sea. You’ll soon understand why Baku is such a popular location for leading business events and exhibitions.

The area’s thriving economy has led to a rapid increase in construction projects around the city, with many designed to service businesses and industries. Baku Expo Center is a prime example; a state-of-the-art multipurpose venue which regularly hosts industry exhibitions, conferences and events for businesses. Upcoming events are posted on their website, with previous highlights including the International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Conference.

A key date in this year’s calendar takes place in autumn 2014 when Baku will host the 20th anniversary Azerbaijan International Construction Exhibition. As the largest event of its kind in Eastern Europe, it attracts over 10,000 professionals looking to discover the latest designs, concepts and technology in the construction industry.

Sightseeing on a tight time schedule

Baku is the definition of a booming city, boasting ambitious construction projects, luxury cars and trendy restaurants. A fundamental part of its appeal to visitors, however, is its ancient monuments, striking architecture and intriguing history.

There’s no shortage of things to see in Baku, but even just a couple of hours will enable you to take in some of the city’s top landmarks.

No area is as intriguing as ‘The Walled City’; Baku’s ancient Old Town, which you’ll find by heading west along the scenic Seaside Boulevard. Recognised as one of Azerbaijan’s only remaining medieval towns, it is also an official UNESCO World Heritage site. So bring your camera and step into a labyrinth of narrow streets, courtyards and buildings dating back to the 12th century.

As you reach the highest point of the town you’ll find yourself in the courtyard of The Palace of Shirvanshahs. Wander through its main building, explore its ancient bath house and learn about the history of the burial vault.

If you prefer to remain within the city centre then head along to Nefchilar Avenue and hop on the Funicular Railway to the top of Martyr Hill. Take in the views of the city as the carriage slowly climbs the steep hill, revealing spectacular views of Baku Bay. At the top you’ll find Martyr Lane, a memorial dedicated to the city residents who lost their lives to the Soviet Army in 1990. The eternal flame makes for a poignant tribute with a beautiful, panoramic backdrop of the city and the Caspian Sea.