“Tourism Capital City of Islamic Countries” firstly announced by OIC (The Organization of Islamic Cooperation) and for 2015 Jerusalem, 2016 Konya / Turkey, 2017 Madinah / Saudi Arabia, 2018 Tabriz / Iran were selected as Islamic tourism capital cities. The concept of capital city of Islamic tourism means that Muslim world wants to take place in the market because of advantages of economic gains and marketing images of tourism.
abriz 2018,an event in which the central city of East Azarbaijan Province is to represent the capital of Islamic tourism for over a year.
Obviously, the selection of Tabriz as “the tourism capital of Islamic countries in 2018” by OIC (organization of Islamic cooperation) is a vivid reason to prove the claim. Tabriz is the largest city in the northwest of modern-day Iran, and the center of the country’s Azeri community. Green, mountainous, and metropolitan the city and its surrounds are a popular tourist destination. Its rich cultural heritage bestows to posterity fabulous mosques, churches, and fortresses, whilst Iranian Azerbaijan boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.
WHY SHOULD VISIT TABRIZ
The origin of the city supposedly dates back to before Sassanian era (224-651 AD). It has played a major role through the history. During the Safavid dynasty, it rose from regional to the national capital for a short period, since the second of the Safavid kings, Shah Tahmasb, changed the capital to Qazvin as a result of Tabriz being vulnerable to attacks from the Ottomans beyond the northwestern borders of Iran. Tabriz hosts a number of renowned historical and religious sites, including Jameh Mosque of Tabriz and Arg of Tabriz, and UNESCO-registered Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex.