Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhastan and a sublime city in the foothills of Ala-Tau mountains. It is a perfect blend of distinctive nomadic traditions, specific characteristic of Soviet culture and modern European glamour. The sparkling and extravagant nightlife of Almaty and Ritzy casinos has made it the heaven for high rollers and bon-vivant.
Almaty remians the largest, most developed, and most ethnically and culturally diverse city in Kazakhastan. Due to development by the Soviet Union and relocation of workers and industries here from European areas of the Soviet Union during World War II, the city has a high proportion of ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. The city is located in the foothills of Trans-Ili Alatau (or Zailiysky Alatau) in the extreme south-east.