Why Baku 2016
The City of Baku, capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan is set in an attractive location in a bay of the Caspian Sea. For thousands of years mankind used the geographical advantages and the natural resources of the region. The exploitation of these resources, primarily crude oil and gas, has defined the identity of Baku perhaps more than any other city in the world.
Those responsible for the city and the 2016 Baku bid are especially highly motivated to make a clear statement with the conversion
of the Bibi-Heybat oilfield - rich in history and beset by environmental problems - into a lively, flourishing Olympic Park Precinct.
This process of transformation is to become the symbol of an exciting new beginning for the entire country
on a path of development which is future-oriented, life-affirming
and ecologically sound.