The research has been prepared by experts of the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER in order to determine the optimum development scenario for the town of Derbent, representing the initial stage of comprehensive work aimed at creation of the urban district master plan, including the district development concept, renovation and modernization proposals for its infrastructure and engineering systems through holding an open international professional tender.
Derbent is one of the oldest towns in the world, and the most ancient town of the Russian Federation, situated on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, on the spurs of the Tabasaran mountains of the Greater Caucasus, and standing at the closing point of the narrow beachside terrain known as the “Derbent Passage” or “Caspian Gates”.
The advantageous geographical location of Derbent which stands on the border of Europe and Asia, on the Great Caspian Trade Route, in a strategically important place, predetermined the town’s geostrategic role for many centuries.
Seaside location, favorable natural and climatic resources, important historical and cultural sites, geostrategic role determined the high development potential of the ancient town. At the same time, the town is facing the external and internal challenges it has to respond to, searching for a new development model.