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"Sholeh Zard" Won First Place among the 10 Best Rated PUDDINGS in the World (Oct 2023)

In the latest announcement of the TasteAtlas website, the global food atlas, and a reference for local foods, “Sholeh Zard” was ranked first among the best puddings worldwide.
Sholeh Zard is one of the most famous Iranian desserts, which is compared to jelly, but its taste and preparation methods are far different.
Iranians prepare this Persian dessert with rice, sugar, saffron, rose water, and cardamom and decorate it with cinnamon, and almond and pistachio slices.
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Sholeh Zard is very popular among Iranians and it is usually cooked as a charity food (Nazri) in special months such as Ramadan.
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This is not the first time that one of the Iranian dishes has been ranked first in the world; recently, grilled chicken (Joojeh Kabab) was first on the list of “100 best chicken dishes in the world”. Also, in another survey on the TasteAtlas site, Khoresht-e Gheimeh was ranked first among foods made with legumes.
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Kandovan Was Registered on the List of the Best World Tourism Village (Oct 2023)

The rocky village of Kandovan, in East Azarbaijan Province, was registered as the first village in Iran on the list of the world’s best tourism villages during the 25th General Assembly of The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which was held in Uzbekistan in October 2023. Kandovan, known for its rocky volcanic architecture, won this honor over more than 200 villages from various countries.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been following the selection of the best tourist village since 2021, with the goal of turning tourism into a driver of rural development and improving ecotourism.

So far, 190 villages have been part of the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Network.

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Establishing the Direct Flight between Muscat and Kish (Oct 2023)

A direct round-trip flight has been established between “Kish” and “Muscat”. The first flight on this route will be operated on October 18th, 2023, from Muscat to Kish.
These flights will continue on Saturdays and Wednesdays every week by Kish Airlines.
It is noteworthy that Kish is a free-trade zone and entry to this island does not require an Iran visa; Hence the Kish Free Zone Organization is trying to facilitate international tourism and business in Kish by increasing international flights.
Previously, the only international direct flight to Kish Island was from Dubai, but now with the establishment of the Muscat-Kish direct flight, access to Kish Island from global markets has become easier.
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The Persian Caravanserai Has Been Registered on the UNESCO Sites List (Sep 2023)

The collection of Iran caravansaries consisting of 45 historical caravansaries has been inscribed as the 27th of Iran’s world heritage sites on the UNESCO list.
The existing caravanserais range from the Sassanid period to the end of the Qajar period, which are considered an outstanding human genius, and an important innovation, particularly in connecting pilgrimage, caravan, and trade routes.
“Caravanserais provided shelter, food, and water for caravans, pilgrims, and other travelers,” UNESCO said on its website.
It is interesting to know that Iran has so far managed to register 27 historical and natural monuments in UNESCO, which ranks ninth in the world from this point of view.

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Recognition of Dezful and Kashan by World Crafts Council (Aug 20323)

Two of Iran’s cities, i.e., Dezful and Kashan have been officially registered in the World Crafts Council (WCC). This recognition signifies responsibilities in boasting development approaches, workshops, education, employment, and global visibility.
Dezful is recognized for Capoo Baafi, an art involving weaving from palm tree leaves, resulting in exquisite, durable, and practical containers.
Kashan is known for traditional textiles, including weaving silk fabric in the traditional way, which is called “Shaarbafi”.
Generally, handicrafts play a crucial role in Iran’s cultural economy. Now, with Dezful and Kashan joining the list, there are 13 recognized craft cities in Iran, acknowledged by the WCC for their art crafts.

Direct Flights Launched: Yerevan to Tehran Connection Begins (Aug 2023)

“Fly One Armenia Airlines” has launched direct flights between Yerevan and Tehran on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
The airline aims to provide affordable options for travelers and improve economic, tourism, and cultural ties between Iran and Armenia. It aims to expand flights, destinations, and the potential for Tehran and Yerevan to become regional connectors.
Fly One Armenia Airlines began operations in 2021, serving various Russian cities, Paris, Milan, Beirut, Dusseldorf, Dubai, etc. The airline uses Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft with capacities of 180 and 144 passengers.

Rig-e Yalan Desert in Lut Desert Claims Title of Hottest Spot on Earth (Aug 2023)

Following thorough investigations, Rig-e Yalan Desert near Dehsalam Village in Lut Desert in South Khorasan Province has clinched the title of the world’s hottest spot. The temperature soared to a record-breaking 73.5 degrees Celsius (164.3 Fahrenheit) on July 17, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. Iran time.
Interestingly, the Lut Desert in this region, along with being the Earth’s hottest place, features the world’s tallest sand dunes and despite its extreme heat hosts a civilization (Dehsalam Village).
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Just for the record, the Lut Desert, spreading from north to South Khorasan, from south to Sistan and Baluchestan, and from west to Kerman provinces, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2016.
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