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Dusty dirt roads have given way to smooth asphalt highways and marble sidewalks. Natural beach surroundings have been sculpted into carefully manicured parks. Behold the transformed Awaza, a luxurious resort town that looms as the centerpiece of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s dreams of building world-class tourism infrastructure in Turkmenistan.
Despite these excellent facilities, it appears that foreign visitors are not yet thronging to Turkmenistan.