Mangystau is Kazakhstan’s most remote and unusual region. Its Martian-like landscapes, ancient mosques, and unique wildlife draw outdoor enthusiasts from all around the world. The region also features several underground mosques and other religious sites that draw pilgrims and tourists.

The region is located in the southwest of our country. Its western border is bounded by the Caspian Sea. It also borders neighboring countries Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The region’s biggest cities are Aktau and Zhanaozen. Aktau offers lots of opportunities for beach recreation with its numerous hotels and resorts both local and chained-brand. It is also one of the country’s biggest seaports on par with the port of Kuryk. Another town that is worth mentioning is Fort Shevchenko, a military-based town that stands on the shore of the Caspian Sea.

More than 25% of Kazakhstan's oil is produced in Mangystau. The region is also home to world technology leaders and multinational companies.

As of January 1, 2022, the Mangystau Region has a population of 741,023 people. Currently, the region ranks second nationally in population growth.


updated: 04 june 2022

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