Uzbek cities like Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara were important stops on the ancient Silk Road, which transported silk and other goods between West China and Europe.

Today Uzbekistan deals in another kind of cloth – cotton. Uzbekistan is the third largest cotton producer in the world, and so cotton exports are a major source of earnings for the Uzbek people. This is yet another country which will be affected by the global recession as cotton demand drops in 2009.

Tourism is a growing contributor to the Uzbek economy, and will become more of a priority in the coming years. If you’re considering it as a destination, try learning a few words in Uzbek before you go with this handy vocabulary list from F30 blog.

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Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.