“Made in Turkey” - Airports

“Made in Turkey” – Airports

The race is on. Istanbul’s new and third airport, with a planned passenger capacity of 150 million, has the potential to make Istanbul a mega regional aviation hub. This will bring it into direct competition with Dubai which is also building a new airport at Dubai World Central with the same eventual capacity. However, Istanbul has an important advantage because...

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The Birth of the World Citizen

The Birth of the World Citizen

There has recently been much publicity about the increase in the number of Americans giving up their citizenship. The number of expatriates renouncing their US citizenship surged to 1,131 in the second quarter of 2013, compared with 189 in the same period in 2012. This may not be considered a large figüre when you consider that there are some estimated...

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The Bosphorus Strait - Unseen Dangers

The Bosphorus Strait – Unseen Dangers

  When looking out over the blue Bosphorus Strait which links the Black Sea and Marmara Sea, one cannot help but admire its natural beauty. Some 30 kilometres long, the Bosphorus is a natural waterway which twists and turns between two continents. Despite urban development, the waterway is still lined with scenic greenery on the surrounding hills. Palaces, parks, villas...

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The Power of the "Simit"

The Power of the “Simit”

Moving around Istanbul, one often finds oneself in a need for a bite to eat. Whether going on foot, by public  transport or by car, one will invariably find the” simit” within easy reach. This ubiquitous baked street snack, a ring of baked bread covered with sesame seeds, is generally sold by street vendors in glass covered carts or on...

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