Something of a coming out party for the city, Astana is currently hosting Expo 2017.
The event seeks to welcome five million visitors to Kazakhstan as the country builds its international reputation.
Here Maria Korelina visits for Breaking Travel News.
Driving through the empty morning streets of Astana on the way to Expo 2017 the first thing you notice is the brazen architecture, with futuristic buildings popping out from the otherwise empty space.
The pyramid structure of the Palace of Peace & Reconciliation sits on the horizon, while the emblematic Bayterek Tower, rising nearly 100 metres above ground level, overlooks the city.