Atakum District which lies between the districts ilkadim and 19 Mayis has a population of about 106
thousand. 95% of this population is located in the city center and
the rest is located in villages. A relatively planned urbanization is to be seen in the district which is
placed on a flat summer housings are placed on the district's
beach area which has the longest coastline in the Central and Eastern Black Sea region. Beach
volleyball and beach soccer tournaments and International Folk Dance Festival are the events which
are organised every year.
Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.