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A hotel in Oskemen is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Oskemen hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Oskemen are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Oskemen hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Oskemen hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Oskemen have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Oskemen
An upscale full service hotel facility in Oskemen that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Oskemen hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
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Full service Oskemen hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Oskemen
Boutique hotels of Oskemen are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Oskemen boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Oskemen may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Oskemen
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Oskemen travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Oskemen focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Oskemen
Small to medium-sized Oskemen hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Oskemen traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Oskemen hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Oskemen
A bed and breakfast in Oskemen is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Oskemen bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Oskemen B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Oskemen
Oskemen hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Oskemen hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Oskemen
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Oskemen hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Oskemen lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Oskemen
Oskemen timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Oskemen often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Oskemen on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Oskemen
A Oskemen motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Oskemen for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Oskemen motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Öskemen / Ust-Kamenogorsk Өскемен (Kazakh) / Усть-Каменогорск (Russian)
Location in Kazakhstan
Coordinates: / 49.983; 82.617
East Kazakhstan Region
• Akim (mayor)
540 km (210 sq mi)
283 m (928 ft)
590/km (1,500/sq mi)
Oskemen (Kazakh: Өскемен/Öskemen, ؤسكەمەن) or Ust-Kamenogorsk (Russian: Усть-Каменогорск) is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region of Kazakhstan. It is served by Oskemen Airport. Population: 303,720 (2009 Census results); 310,950 (1999 Census results).
The city has two official names. In the Kazakh language accepted name Өскемен/Öskemen, in Russian - Усть-Каменогорск. Both names are imaged on the seal of the city. In English used both Oskemen and Ust-Kamenogorsk.
The city was founded in 1720 at the confluence of the Irtysh and Ulba rivers as a fort and trading post named Ust-Kamennaya. It was established according to the order of the Russian Emperor Peter the Great, who sent a military expedition headed by major Ivan Vasilievich Likharev in the search of Yarkenda gold. Likharev’s expedition directed up the Irtysh river to Zaysan Lake. There, at the confluence of the Ulba and the Irtysh rivers the new fortress was laid – the Ust-Kamennaya Fortress. The Ust-Kamennaya Fortress appeared on the map of the Russian Empire, the very southern end of the Irtysh line. In 1868 the city became the capital of the Semipalatinsk Oblast. It was the site of Georgy Malenkov's 30-year internal exile, during which he managed a local hydroelectric plant.
The city developed into a major mining and metallurgical center during the Soviet period. Mining of non-ferrous metals, especially uranium, beryllium, tantalum, copper, lead, silver and zinc remain important. It is a center for the construction industry producing manufactured housing and ferroconcrete articles. The post-war industrial history of the city is very closely intertwined with the Soviet nuclear bomb project, and the city was therefore kept closed to outsiders. One of the main industrial enterprises, the Ulba Metal Works (UMW) which produced and still produces uranium products, was kept entirely secret despite it employing thousands of workers. An explosion at the UMW's beryllium production line in 1990 led to the diffusion of a highly toxic beryllium-containing "cloud" over the city. The health effects of this incident are not entirely known, partly because the incident was kept secret by the Soviet authorities. Kazakhs who have visited the city state it is highly polluted which has led to alarmingly high cancer rates (as of 2014).
Under the name of the Ust-Kamenogorsk Lock, the highest lock in the world lies at Ablaketka where it allows river traffic to pass around a hydroelectric dam on the Irtysh river. It has a drop of more than 40m.
Since the opening of the Three Gorges locks in China, the upper lock of that five-lock cascade is theoretically on a par with this lock, but its full drop will be used only in extreme cases, while the Ust-Kamenogorsk lock is designed for permanent use at this height.
A new car plant owned jointly by AvtoVAZ and Azia Avto, which will produce 120,000 cars a year, will be opened in 2016.
Oskemen: Higher education
Main article: List of universities in Kazakhstan § Oskemen
Kazzinc-Torpedo: an ice hockey team. Alma mater of NHL players: Nik Antropov, Vitali Kolesnik, Konstantin Pushkaryov, Alexander Perezhogin and Evgeni Nabokov. Kazzinc-Torpedo is currently playing in the Supreme Hockey League (VHL).
FC Vostok: football club, currently playing in Kazakhstan First Division
The city sent a bandy team to the Spartakiade 2009 and finished third.
In 2014 the national rink bandy championship was organised in town.
Mosque in Oskemen
Russian Orthodox Church
There are 32 religious unions, presenting 15 religious confessions, including Muslim, Christian and non-traditional religions. There are 21 cultural buildings in the city: among them mosques and Orthodox Christian churches.
The city has an international Oskemen Airport.
The most popular form of public transport is the tram, although its share in total traffic is less than the bus.
Intercity bus service is carried out on two bus stations. The most extensive network (more than 35 lines) is the oldest railway station, which is located at the Sports Palace on the avenue to them. Abay (street Novoshkolnaya). From this station, buses are not only in the field of human settlements and the Republic, but also in the cities of Russia, such as Krasnoyarsk. The route network of the second station, located on the street. Grange, covers only the area (17 lines).
Oskemen has a continental climate with intermittent precipitation. The coldest months are November through March. Record low temperatures range from −49 °C in January to 4 °C in July, and record highs range from 8 °C in January to 43 °C in July.
The number of enterprises in Ust-Kamenogorsk is very high relatively to the number of people living there. There are about 169 firms according to the data from 2002. Most of them are industrial firms, which work on mining and processing raw materials and mostly heavy metals. To name a few there are several giants among those enterprises that all are situated in just one city:
1) Kazzinc is a major fully integrated zinc producer with considerable copper, precious metals and lead credits. The company was established in 1997 through the merger of Eastern Kazakhstan's three main non-ferrous metal companies - "Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead and Zinc Combinate", "Leninogorsk Polymetallic Combinate" and "Zyryanovsk Lead Combinate". The company continues to develop seeking to have its stable position among the world's five lowest cost zinc producers. Apart from zinc it produces on a large-scale lead, silver, copper, and many more.
2) Titanium-Magnesium plant specializes on production and selling nonferrous metals.
3) Ulba metallurgical plant produces hi-tech uranium, beryllium and tantalum products for the needs of atomic engineering, electronics, metallurgical and other spheres of operation. The company is among the leaders in production of their specific goods.
4) Apart from the mining and processing companies there are numerous thermoelectric power stations and about 5 hydro power plants concentrated around the Ust-Kamenogorsk region of Eastern Kazakhstan.
As it should be expected all of the plants have their own contribution to the pollution of atmosphere, water, and the soil. This city’s situation is different from other cities like Almaty where the most part of the ecological problem comes from the car emissions. Here the atmosphere of the city holds the by-products of the heavy metals production as different as Nitrogen dioxide, Sulfur dioxide, Zn, Cd, Cl, As, C, Be, Phenol, Benzol, NaOH, NH3, Radioactivity etc. in general there are about 170 polluting components found in the city.
There are 3 impact points that are influenced in Ust-Kamenogorsk. The atmosphere is hit most. With a poor urban ventilation (the average percentage of calm 48%), with a large number of vehicles and stationary sources relevance of air pollution in Ust-Kamenogorsk is not in doubt. The concentration of harmful substanes in the air is increasing each year because of the nature of the companies which are looking for increases in the production and profits. As usual, the pollution is enhanced by the low quality of car fuels and increase in the number of cars. As a result of all this, Ust-Kamenogorsk is often recognized as one of the most polluted regional centers of Kazakhstan.
The most polluted rivers of the Republic are those flowing through the territory of the East Kazakhstan region, where the highest index of surface water pollution is observed in the mining areas and enrichment of polymetallic ores. Mostly the water is affected through the industrial wastes and the storages of waste. Contamination of the water with lead, selenium, cadmium, nitrates spreads on many kilometers as a consequence of which a few drinking water intakes in the Western part of the city are closed or to be closed.
The soil close to the industry territories holds the solid wastes of the firms and becomes less suitable for planting. An increasing number of industrial waste requires a large area for the storage of waste.
As a result of large production of uranium and presence of other radioactive elements such thorium, radon or radioactive dust the radioactive background of the city is remarkable with the zones of radioactive anomaly which are spread around the city.
Ust-Kamenogorsk is known to be the leader in Kazakhstan by the number of people having respiratory problems and the diseases of immune system. The statistics shows that the most frequent diseases are respiratory diseases and the urogenital system diseases. In the last years, the number of people having cancer is also increasing.
The city has three cinemas (although during the Soviet era, there were a lot more), three museums, a drama theater with Russian and Kazakh (since 2000) troupes, the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
Oskemen: International relations
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Kazakhstan
Oskemen: Twin towns – Sister cities
Oskemen is twinned with:
Gangneung, South Korea (2011)
Bursa, Turkey (2011)
Yokneam, Israel (2012)
Barnaul, Russia (2012)
Oskemen: Notable residents
Max Birbraer, ice hockey player (Right Wing) currently playing for the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League.
Anton Khudobin, ice hockey player (Goalie) currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the NHL.
Nik Antropov, ice hockey player (Centre) currently playing for the Barys Astana of the KHL.
Georgy Malenkov, former Premier of the Soviet Union; exiled by Nikita Khrushchev to Oskemen to manage the hydroelectric plant after an abortive coup plot.
Evgeni Nabokov, former ice hockey player (Goalie) Played for the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. Ranks 18th all time in the NHL for regular season wins and holds every major goaltending record for San Jose.
Oskemen: See also
"Население Республики Казахстан" (in Russian). Департамент социальной и демографической статистики. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
Oskemen's official website
Ust-Kamenogorsk city, Kazakhstan (Oskemen)
Encyclopædia Britannica on-line
"Информация о городе". www.oskemen.kz. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
"RUSSIA: The Quick & the Dead". TIME. July 22, 1957. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
"Latest". Waterways World. Retrieved August 1, 2010.