September 4, 2017

Iran 2 oldest petrol stations on national heritage list, the first petroleum museum

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Who says practical things can’t be beautiful? Iran has put its two oldest petrol stations on its national heritage list, making the “monuments” part of the country’s first petroleum museum. But these are no ordinary petrol stations—Fourth Fuel Distribution Station in downtown Tehran, which was built by the Anglo Persian Oil Company between 1925-41, is covered in bright glazed tiles and boasts the same classic Islamic architectural features, including geometric patterns and arches, that can be seen on some of the country’s most spectacular buildings. The other petrol station, which dates to 1927, is built from stone and has strong Art Deco influences, showing the popular British aesthetic at the time. “Unfortunately, a number of old fuel distribution places including gas stations with very peculiar architecture have been destroyed during the time or have been changed for other uses,” says a statement on the museum’s website.

The Fourth Fuel Distribution Station is located in Panzdah Khordad Street in Tehran. (Photo: The Iran Petroleum Museum and Documents)

The Fourth Fuel Distribution Station is located in Panzdah Khordad Street in Tehran. (Photo: The Iran Petroleum Museum and Documents)

The Iran Petroleum Museum and Documents, which is located in the southwestern city of Abadan, on the border with Iraq, opened in January this year to document and preserve objects and equipment relating to Iran’s century-old oil industry. The open-air museum includes hundreds of objects from oil tanker trucks, kerosene lamps and oil product containers to historical documents. The museum hopes to add 15 more fuel-related heritage sites to its roster in the future.

The Memorandum of Understanding on Medical Ink Tourism in Iran with 32 countries

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The Memorandum of Understanding on Medical Ink Tourism in Iran with 32 countries

Iran has signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on medical tourism with 32 countries at a recent conference held in Tehran.

Tourism The Iranian Social Security Organization (HEGTA) has signed Memoranda of Understanding on medical tourism with agents and representatives from 32 countries at a specialized conference in the Iranian capital of Tehran on 8 August.

According to a Farsi report from the daily Tejarat, following the signing of the MoU, these agents each obtained a license from the Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Security Ali Rabiei to become HEGTA representatives in their respective countries.

Among the states that received the license of the Iranian Minister were the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia, the Republic of Dagestan, the Czech Republic, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Oman, Afghanistan, Turkey, China, Uganda, France, Germany, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, Romania, Sweden, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Nigeria.

Following the holding of the confab, HEGTA officially began its activities in Iran in the field of medical tourism. The medical tourism sector in Iran is currently ready to provide medical tourists from around the world with services in all medical fields and treatment.

Some 22 hospitals in 15 Iranian cities, Homa Hotels Group and Raja Rail Transport of Iran all play a role in the development of the medical tourism industry in the country by providing services in this area.

The hospital medical tourism packages and the commemorative stamp were also unveiled at the seminar.

Job creation

In response to the conference, Rabiei said that more than 120,000 jobs should be created in the domestic tourism sector in the current Iranian year (end of March 2018).

He added that the sector can play an important role in promoting employment in Iran.

“By 2015, the number of medical tourists around the world amounted to six million.”

High-quality services

Speaking at the same conference, Mohammad-Ali Nourbakhsh, head of the Social Security Organization of Iran, said that the country’s health tourism sector offers foreign visitors a high quality and appropriate services.

He added that few countries in the world have the same level of medical science as Iran.

“Iran’s medical and treatment facilities are also very appropriate. Patients from all over the world can come to the country to benefit from qualified doctors, who are among the best in the world and receive medical and treatment services. Quality “.

Iranian private sector opens hospital for medical tourists

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Iranian private sector opens hospital for medical tourists
The largest private hospital in western Iran is expected to open by March 2018 to provide medical services to Iranian and foreign medical tourists.

The construction of the Milad hospital as the largest private hospital in western Iran is now in its final phase, according to a Farsi report by Khabar online news agency.

The Milad hospital, which is under construction in the town of Orumiyeh in the western province of Azerbaijan, should be equipped with the most advanced medical technology.

Nearly $ 260 million has been invested to date to complete the first phase of the hospital’s main building, which has been built on an area of 26,000 m². Including the hospital complex, it occupies a 45,000 m² plot in Orumiyeh.

It has various neighborhoods, including maternity, surgery, physiotherapy as well as laboratories, administrative sections and specialized clinics.

The CEO and board member of the hospital, Kamran Jamshidi, said the construction project is underway with private investments from the country’s medical company.

“The idea of the project began to appear in 2010, but it officially began a year later after the purchase of a large land in Orumiyeh”.

He went on to say that the construction process has the full support of the Ministry of Health, the office of the governor of Azerbaijan West and the municipality of Orumiyeh.

Jamshidi also noted that the construction process has grown in particular last year and added the first phase of the project, which includes 100 beds, is already completed and will be operational in the near future.

The construction of the hospital with a capacity of 300 patients will be completed at the end of the current calendar year of Iran (March 20, 2018), he added.

On the main objective of the Medical Association to build the hospital, Jamshidi said that since the Western Azerbaijan suffered from a massive lack of medical equipment, the association decided to take a measure at In this regard and to remove at least a major part of the shortage of medicine in the province.

“Given the proximity of some regional countries such as Iraq and Turkey, Western Azerbaijan Province can offer services to foreign tourists and Milad hospital can offer services to patients from other countries, “He noted.

Jamshidi stressed that the provision of luxurious services to attract tourists is one of the main factors motivating investors of the Milad hospital.

He stated that the main shareholders of the project are members of the Medical Association.

“About 200 people are involved in the project and we hope that all the other members of the Association will participate in the struggle and will collaborate with the project,” he added.

Elsewhere in his statements, Jamshidi stated that 90% Of the hospital’s construction operations were carried out by the local chiefs and added about $ 270 million has been invested so far to operationalize the first phase of the project.

The end of the entire project will cost about $ 540 million, he added.

Another member of the board of directors of the Milad hospital, Hassan Entezami, said that the hospital is the first intelligent hospital in Iran that is equipped with optical fibers. “He is also able to have an online connection with other smart hospitals around the world,” he added.

“The board of directors has decided to employ skilled doctors and send them to countries like Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden for specialized training,” he said.

He went on to say that the council decided to set up a number of apartment hotels near the buildings to accommodate patients and offer them more services.

“So far, the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan has expressed interest in sending its patients to the Milad hospital for treatment,” he noted.

“The Milad hospital aims to provide medical services to foreigners in order to attract more tourists to the region,” he said.

The hospital also creates jobs for at least a thousand people, he concluded.