President Emomali Rahmon is currently in the city of Nurek for participation in Navrouz celebrations.  A number of high-ranking guests, included Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation), and Ms. Mariam Sherman Mariam Sherman, Director of Strategy and Operations in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank, are accompanying President Rahmon on his visit to Nurek.  

Tajik leader, in particular, pointed out a strategic significance of the Nurek hydropower plant for the country and underlined other potential directions of development of the city, particularly tourism, according to the Tajik president’s official website.  

Due to its nearness to Dushanbe and its natural beauties and recreation opportunities Nurek could become an attractive place for tourists, Rahmon noted.  

While in Nurek, Tajik leader inaugurated a number of economic and social facilities and participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of other facilities.   

Rahmon, in particular, inaugurated an enterprise producing rubber tiles with annual capacity of 9,000 square meters of rubber tiles.  Old car ties are used for producing these rubber tiles.    

Nurek is a city in the Khatlon province.  It is situated on the Vakhsh River, 885 m above sea level, and is 70 km southeast of Dushanbe.  As of 2018, It has a population of 30,000.  Besides, about 29,300 people live in villages subordinate to the city. 

The city was founded in 1960 alongside the construction of Nurek Dam, which was completed in 1980.