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Why Karachi?

imgLocated in Pakistan's largest metropolis, IBA enjoys a number of advantages. Karachi is the capital of the province of Sindh and the largest city in Pakistan. Located along the coast of the Arabian Sea and north-west of the Indus River Delta, this mega city is not only the largest, but also Pakistan's original capital and cultural, economical, philanthropic, educational and political hub, as well as the largest port of the country.

The metropolitan area along with its suburbs comprises the world's second most populated city, spread over 3,530 square kilometers. The city credits its growth to the mixed populations of economic and political migrants and refugees from different national, provincial, linguistic and religious origins that come to settle here permanently.

Living in Karachi is an exciting as well enriching, and gives one diverse cultural exposure. Karachi is a city of more than 15 million people on the shore of the Arabian Sea, but its population belies its size - it is easier to navigate here and has much to offer, yet it is more reserved and less developed than other major cities in the Middle East or Asia. Five-star hotels and office towers in the city-center soar above small flat-roofed houses giving an impression of the desert. Bazaars and markets bustle with people and sell nearly anything one can imagine. People move in from other provinces of the country to find a better future.

There are a variety of activities available in Karachi for recreation and enjoyment. Occasional theater performances, concerts, musical performances and galas are common. There is a lack of western cinema and nightclubs, although restaurants are abound. Pakistani cuisine is a highlight of living in Karachi. Pakistani cooking is a unique blend of traditional and modern spices of the sub-continent. In addition to many five-star hotels, one can dine in with accordance to international standards of restaurants around the city. Featured cuisines are Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, French and a range of seafood and barbecue specialties.

Water sports are popular because of Karachi's proximity to the Arabian Sea. Beaches are nearby and there are many opportunities for fishing, sailing and golf. There are also a number of opportunities for environmental and conservational activity: giant sea turtles lay their eggs on miles of beaches just outside the city and there is ongoing work in restoring the mangrove swamps.

Why Pakistan?

Besides the hustling and bustling city of Karachi, Pakistan is home to mountain peaks that include the world's 2nd and 9th highest mountains to marshlands that cradle the Arabian Sea. It has the world's largest mountain face (Nanga Parbat) and the greatest nearly vertical drop (Trango Towers). The second largest salt mine in the world (Khewra Salt Mine) sits near ancient temples (Katasraj temple) where the earth's circumference was calculated centuries ago.

The highest international highway in the world (Karakoram Highway) crisscrosses three of the world's greatest ranges that combine to form the larger Himalayas. There are alpine lakes with amazing fables associated with them (Lake Saiful Muluk) and remnants of ancient megacities (Mohenjo-daro).

This region is known for its overly spicy food that is close to Indian cuisine and there is a huge variety of it. However, many areas (such as the north and west) have palates influenced by Middle Eastern and Central Asian cuisine. At least in the cities, there are quite a few international chains and restaurants. These should easily cater to the non-spicy tastes. There is also a growing culture of european-style coffee shops in major cities.

Pakistani hospitality and friendliness are legendary. Come join them in a world of unparalleled beauty and drama, learn and witness for yourself what so few others have experienced.