“Georgia Makes Me Feel Like I’m in a Museum”
19 June, 2014
“Georgia Makes Me Feel Like I’m in a Museum”
Lots of fascinating people live in Tbilisi. Fady Asly, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Georgia and the Founder of Agritechnics Holding is certainly one of them. He has an Arab complexion, Lebanese origins, the genes of an entrepreneur and dual citizenship because he has been living in Georgia for the last 17 years. Meet an unknown side of Fady Asly in our read-and relax column.

– Which place in Tbilisi has impressed you most?

– There are
many beautiful venues in Tbilisi: the Youth Palace, Rustaveli Theater and Opera, the Sameba Cathedral and all those beautiful small churches scattered all over the city; I also believe that the funicular is surely a very impressive landmark of Tbilisi. I love the sulfur baths in Abanotubani and the whole area is just fantastic!

– Do you have a favorite street in Tbilisi?

– Yes. Every morning I walk down Rustaveli Avenue straight to Tabidze Street, down to Leselidze, Chardin, Europe Square, Rike Park and then back home. I love this part of the city and I never get bored of walking it again and again every day!

– Which of the Tbilisi restaurants tops the list for you?

– I am very conservative with my tastes and not very adventurous. For Georgian food I like ”Dzveli Sakhli” and, in summertime, ”Maspindzelo” in Betania. Recently I discovered the ”Dining Room” on Paliashvili Street and have been going there very frequently; the food is great and the service is very professional. Besides that, almost every day I am at the Tbilisi Marriott hotel, which has been my second home and family since it was opened 14 years ago.

– Best shopping place in Tbilisi?

– I don’t shop a lot in Tbilisi but I like to walk down Rustaveli and Chavchavadze Avenues and look into window shops; of course the Rakeen Mall in Dighomi is very beautiful. However, I like open air shopping.

– How do you enjoy your weekends in Georgia?

– Unlike most people, I don’t like weekends very much. I always look forward to Mondays! But over weekends I walk a lot in Tbilisi — I go to Turtle Lake or Lisi Lake when the weather is good but I usually prefer to leave Tbilisi for the regions. I love to drive out of town to Kakheti or to Gudauri, Borjomi, Batumi or any other place that is green and untapped.

– Which galleries or museums did you enjoy visiting?

– Of course, the National Museum on Rustaveli, but honestly I do love the Ethnographic Museum! As a matter of fact, Georgia is so well conserved that anywhere I go I feel like I am in a museum and have travelled back in time. I cannot talk enough of Mestia and the surrounding region in Svaneti which makes people feel as if they were living centuries ago and this is so amazing and so rare and so beautiful. Georgians are blessed with a beautiful country and my special appreciation and respect goes to all those Georgians who over the past 100 years were able to keep the country’s charm unchanged!

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