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LHJ asks: Hi. I have a new friend from Kazakhstan and I just found out that it's his birthday soon. But I barely know about Kazakhstan culture, and I don't want to be rude. Is there anything I should be careful when I choose a present? and what kind of birthday cake would be proper or recommended? Thank you :)
Expert's answer:

Most of the Kazakhs are Muslims - according to statistics, more than 70% of the population belong to this religion. Therefore, the restrictions on certain gifts here are the same as in other Muslim countries.

For example, don't give alcohol, which is forbidden to many Muslims. With all the love of the Kazakhs to cold arms, gifting knives is not recommended because according to the popular believe, this will soon lead to quarrels between people; the same is true about lighters.

As for the cake, if your friend is a Muslim, then wine (dessert or table), liqueur, rum, or any other alcohol should not be among its ingredients. Well, and probably it should not be big as cakes become spoiled relatively quickly.

Ruby asks: Hi, I would like to ask a list of halal restaurants in Almaty. Thank you
Expert's answer:
Check the following list of halal restaurants in Almaty.
Timothy asks: Is there a street named Zekinckogo in Karaganda?
Expert's answer:
You probably mean Zelinskogo Street in Karaganda.
Sue asks: Can you tell me anything about the clock tower in Kostanay? I'm researching it for a project.
Expert's answer:
Not much information is available. Kostanay Clock Tower is located in the center of the city. It was built in the 1980s, between two residential buildings, as an architectural insert. The author of the tower project was the architect Joseph I. Iskakov. Despite the fact that the clock tower has never been an architectural monument, it is considered one of the main buildings of Kostanay. From the time of construction, the tower clock has been perceived as a kind of symbol of the city. Today, in the building of the clock tower, there is a cafe-pizzeria and a small chess club. Also it is a popular meeting place.
Alex asks: What times do most Kazakhs go to bed and wake up in the morning?
Expert's answer:
I can't provide any official statistics, but from experience most of people with traditional eight-hour work go to bed around 22-23 o'clock and wake up at 6-7 in the morning.
Anatoli Petkov asks: How similar are the Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages?
Expert's answer:
The Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages are very similar to each other, more than 90% of the basic words are common. The difference lies mainly in pronunciation. The pronunciation of the Kazakhs is softer, closer to the Russian, and the Kyrgyz pronounce the words more firmly. In addition, most of the phrases the Kyrgyz pronounce on exhalation.
Victor asks: I lived in Balkhash 40 years ago and went to school number 23. Is this school still there, if yes what street is it located on? I cannot see it on Google Maps.
Expert's answer:
I haven't found the school #23 in the lists of schools located in Balkhash today. Most probably it was closed years ago.
Michael asks: Expected salary for Commissioning Mechanical Engineer in Astana?
Expert's answer:
The average salary for this profession in Astana is about 150,000 Tenge or 500 USD per month.
libin asks: What about the literacy rate?
Expert's answer:
The literacy rate in Kazakhstan is more than 99%.
Kaisa asks: When is there a bus from Almaty to Urumqi On what days and at what time?
Expert's answer:
The bus from Almaty to Urumqi (China) runs every day except for weekends from Sairan bus station at 09:00 am local time, the trip takes about 24 hours, the price of a round-trip ticket is about 10,000 Tenge (31 USD). You can also fly from Almaty to Urumqi (the fastest way) or go by train (the slowest way).

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