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067 Istanbul–Ambassadeurs-conferentie 2017–Istanbul

Deze zaterdag vertrek ik naar Nederland: jaarlijkse ambassadeursconferentie en werkbezoeken. Ik kijk er zoals altijd naar uit, juist met de veelheid aan media, de videoconferenties en de overvolle inbakken is het essentieel om de klokken gelijk te zetten en waar nodig de temperatuur van de Nederlandse politiek en samenleving aan den lijve te voelen. We […]

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056 Kapalıçarşı/The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul

Almost 100 mln visitors per year and a rent of 3,500 usd per month per m2: this truly is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, in Turkey known as Kapalıçarşı, the oldest shopping centre in the world and world’s most visited tourist destination. Its construction was ordered by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1455, two years after his conquest […]

2016

055 The Turkish economy: what will happen in 2016?

The future is the most difficult part of forecasting. An old joke, true as ever, especially in Turkey. Herewith an overview of some macro-economic developments in 2015 and my (partly) personal predictions for 2016. And some observations on the structural road ahead. Summary/base scenario: Turkey is set to become one of the five largest economies […]

Sea of Marmara

050. A Turkish Randstad, with a blue heart

I travel a lot in Turkey, just as I did over 30 years ago, when I visited Turkey for the first time. The hospitality of its people, the historic sites and natural wonders remain the same, but the infrastructure has changed dramatically. In the ‘80’s there was just one Bosporus crossing, while by the end […]

Tourism

046. Tourism in Turkey: more than meets the eye

We ourselves are tourist. Discovering the world is in our DNA.  Sometimes we just wish to be away from it all, leaving one’s home country and enjoy the country of one’s (distant) neighbour. Last year, travel and tourism directly and indirectly contributed to almost 10% of the worldwide GDP, employing over 260 million people. These […]

Renewed Istanbul

042. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (3): Urban Development and Real Estate Projects

Without much ado in greater Istanbul a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented putting Istanbul on the first spot when it comes to new infrastructure in Europe. Some projects are controversial (third airport, the canal), others too long delayed (the expansion of the metro network), but one thing is for sure: their […]

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033. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (2): bridges and tunnels

Without much ado a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented in the greater Istanbul area, leading to an unprecedented infrastructure boom that at present goes unrivaled in Europe. Some projects are not without discussion (third airport, the canal), others perhaps too long delayed (the expansion of the metro network for example), but […]