20 Oct 2017 - Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)
I am in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan looking at the office real estate market. Arriving at a very impressive modern airport I clear immigration and head to my hotel. As I am driven through the tree lined motorway boulevards of the city on the sunniest day possible, I am struck by the sheer scale of the architecture, the numerous roundabouts with their impressive monuments and cascading waterfalls, each one out doing the one before, and most striking of all every building is marble white. It is a statement of arrival at the gates of the ‘White City ‘’which in this sunlight is blinding. Pausing for breath I thought I had seen all the magnificence this city had to offer and then I pass the Presidential palace, larger, grander than anything I have seen so far. The palace with it sheer size, numerous burnished gold roof tops and pristine condition just takes your breath away.