Energy and economics in modern Pakistan
Karachi is a huge, sprawling metropolis and home to around 14 million people. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, it is Pakistan’s financial and commercial centre, and its largest port. The city has assimilated a mix of influences from Central and South Asia, the Middle East and the West. It is a fast-paced city. Just as New York sets itself apart from other cities in the US, so Karachi does with the rest of Pakistan. But, as well as being the undisputed centre of the nation’s economy, Karachi is also home to some important cultural institutions and historic sights. These days Karachi doesn’t pull in a high number of foreign visitors but those who do go can expect a vibrant, modern slice of Pakistan with nerve-jangling traffic and numerous restaurants and bars.
Karachi is a modern city with a vibrant energy. A visit to Karachi gives the visitor a real insight into a prevailing Pakistan. It also has some interesting sights, a great music festival, and there is a wonderful array of shopping in the bazaars.
When to Go?
Its location on the coast means that Karachi’s climate is relatively mild compared to other parts of Pakistan. Nevertheless, summers are extremely hot with temperatures ranging between 30°C and 44°C from April to October. The winter months from November to February are the best time to visit, when the weather is warm but not uncomfortable. December, January and July are the months when Karachi has most visitors.
How to get there?
There are direct flights to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport (KHI) from London Heathrow. The airport is 15km (9 miles) from Karachi. As there are so few direct flights from the UK, indirect flights via the Middle East. Bahrain and Abu Dhabi tend to be cheaper. Airfares to Karachi are also often cheaper mid-week.
Go to Clifton Beach on a Sunday or late afternoon during the week. It’s Karachi’s busiest beach and although it’s more for walking than for sunbathing or swimming, it’s a great spot to people-watch. Explore the colourful Empress Market in the Saddar with its array of stalls and covered bazaars. Visit the National Museum of Pakistan. It’s the country’s most prestigious museum and has a plethora of important and interesting artefacts.
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