Strategically located at the crossroads of the Middle East and Europe, Adana is one of the five largest economic, social and cultural centres in Turkey. The Adana Kebap®, which lent the city its fame for centuries, has recently been trademarked.
In this hospitable southern town you can experience warm, bright sunshine on the coast at the flamingo haven of Karatas and refreshing coolness in the snow-covered uplands of the Taurus Mountains all in the same day. Located on both sides of the Seyhan River, and expanding around the Seyhan & Çatalan dam lakes, Adana is painted green and blue, to the surprise of the first-time visitor or business traveller. The Taurus Mountains offer a spectacular backdrop to the city.
Two important factors make Adana attractive for investment: the low cost of living and easy access to the Turkish and international markets with the existing interstate and transportation facilities.
A mild climate and rich soil make Adana the ‘bread basket of Turkey’. The city is the marketing and distribution centre for an agricultural region that produces cotton, wheat, barley, grapes, citrus fruits, olives and tobacco. Its main industries are textile manufacturing, tanning (leather), and the processing of wool and various food items.
With the Isken power plant investment signed between Germany and Turkey, Adana became the country’s fifth largest recipient of foreign investment in 2003, mainly in the chemical and food sectors. The 1210-megawatt coal power plant has been in operation for two years. The current strategy for promoting the city to overseas investors is to operate and maintain the largest industrial zone in the country, only 20km away from central Adana. In the industrial zone, 225 companies are already active, primarily in the textile, heavy industry/metal, food, readywear, plastics and machinery sectors.
One of the most significant economic developments for this region, along with the whole of Europe and many world energy markets, is the soon-to-be-completed Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan oil pipeline, of which 80% passes through Turkey, terminating on the Mediterranean Sea, less than one-hour’s drive from Adana. This pipeline will provide the countries of the Mediterranean and beyond with easy access to the vast oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea. For Adana, the prospects of a new petro-chemical industry in the region are enormous.
Local investors, governors, representatives of the chambers, other NGOs and Cukurova University are making visible efforts to ensure Adana earns a significant position in research and technology, as well as in economic trade. Cukurova University, which offers one of the strongest medical and agricultural programmes in the country, has spearheaded the founding of an 850,000 square-metre technology development region, in partnership with the City of Adana, the chambers of commerce and industry, and 16 private firms, to encourage research and development (R&D). The city officials also put effort in making Adana and its region a new destination for the international tourism industry.
Adana Chamber of Commerce (ATO), one of the oldest NGOs in the city, was founded in 1894 – well before Atatürk founded modern Turkey – to regulate and control the cotton trade. Today, it is an organisation that strives to strengthen the regional economic struct-ure, and to speed up the accumulation of capital in the region together with the Adana Chamber of Industry and the Adana Commodity Exchange. Apart from participating in the EU’s European Chambers Development Programme, ATO plays a lead role in organising international fairs and forums. The Adana International Forum on Economic Cooperation – for which the second annual meeting will be held in the Adana Hilton between February 22-24, 2006, is an initiative driven solely by ATO, to provide new business opportunities between the business partners of Turkey and the participant countries.
In addition to business opportunities, Adana offers a variety of lifestyles. For those who are interested in the liveliness of the city, and the convenience of having quality stores, shops, restaurants and sports facilities within walking distance, many spacious luxury flats are available in the central neighbourhoods. For those seeking peace and quiet, numerous amenity-loaded suburban villas abound.
Since Adana has the largest hospital in south-eastern Turkey, as well as numerous public and private health care facilities, and a strong medical school, it is easy to find high quality health care. And as English is emphasised in almost all schools from elementary to high school, it is not difficult to find many English-speaking managers, professionals, secretaries and qualified labourers.
The riverwalk along the Seyhan River is a haven for walkers and cyclists, who can cross the river on a series of pedestrian suspension bridges to access a vast green park that is well maintained by the city. Many fish restaurants around the lake offer an alternative to the popular kebap restaurants in town. Nightlife can be the highlight of Adana, if you look out for the quality bars, clubs and restaurants tucked away in unexpected corners of the city.
A city of orange blossoms
Outdoor recreation opportunities in the autumn and spring months – and occasionally on bright, warm winter days – are among Adana’s best kept secrets. The historical Hittite settlement Karatepe, famous also for its hand-made kilims, is only one hour away, and is perfect for day trips in spring, when the whole region is perfumed with citrus blossoms. During the heat of the summer, the uplands of the Taurus Mountains provide relief and a chance for some white-water rafting and mountain trekking. You can also sail, canoe and windsurf on the lake. The Mediterranean coast, with the seaside towns of Karatas and Yumurtalik, has sandy beaches that are accessible within an hour by car. Two of the largest lagoons in the country are located near Karatas, and host many varieties of birds as they migrate south, creating a paradise for bird watchers.
Adana’s close proximity to the Taurus Mountains to the north, the Mediterranean to the south, Karatepe and other world-renowned historic sites to the east, along with its pleasant climate and reasonable cost of living, a highly trained work force, and trade-oriented business culture make it a pleasant and an exciting place to settle down.
Adana is a city of 2 million people, where you can run errands around town in the middle of the day, have a delicious kebap meal and still return home within a couple of hours. Where else in the world can you do that?
Interested parties should contact: Secretary General a Adana Chamber of Commerce.
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