Introduction

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Strategic plan for internationalizing the Applied science and technology institute of “KhaneKargar”- Shiraz-Fars, affiliated to KhaneKargar Organization.
Introducing the province and city:
Facilities, geographical attractions, competitive advantages

Fars province also known as Pars as well as Persis and Persia is one of the thirty-one provinces of Iran. It is located in the southwest of Iran and its administrative center is Shiraz. It neighbors Bushehr Province to the west, Hormozgān Province to the south, Kerman and Yazd provinces to the east, Isfahan province to the north and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province to the northwest.According to the latest divisions, the province contains the following counties: Abadeh, Sarvestan, Jahrom, Eqlid, Rostam, Estahban, Darab, Nayriz, Bavanat, Larestan, Qir and Karzin, Khorrambid, Lamerd, Kazerun, Fasa, Firuzabad, Zarrin Dasht, Mamasani, Shiraz, Marvdasht, Sepidan, Arsanjan, Pasargad, Kavar, Khonj, Farashband, Gerash, Kharameh, Mohr. Fars area has been estimated to be 122,400 km². Agriculture is of great importance in Fars. The major products include cereal (wheat and barley), citrus fruits, dates, sugar beets and cotton. 
Additionally, Fars province enjoys a prominent position in handicrafts. They are different and the artist producing them masters the art. These crafts include: carpet weaving, Klim weaving, Marquetry and woodcarving.
About 31% of the province’s employees are working in industry, 20% in agriculture and 49% in service sectors.
The industrial sector of this province includes food and pharmaceutical industries, metal, electrical and electronics industries, chemical and petrochemical industries, cellulose industries and leather industries and so on. Fars mines also include minerals such as lime, gypsum, ornamental stones, porcelain, granite, chromite, copper and manganese, etc.
Fars is the historical homeland of the Persian people. It was the homeland of the Achaemenid and Sasanian Persian dynasties of Iran, who reigned on the throne by the time of the ancient Persian Empires. The ruins of the Achaemenid capitals Pasargadae and Persepolis, among others, demonstrate the ancient history of the region. Due to the historical importance of this region, the entire country has historically been also referred to as Persia in the West.
Ancient sites such as Persepolis, Pasargad, Naghsh-e Rostam, Naghsh-e Rajab, the city of the Estakhr and reliefs carved into the heart of mountains and rocks, pottery engraved on prehistoric hills, beautiful and amazing architectural works, hundreds Mosques, fortifications and other artifacts obtained in excavations are evidence that Persia is one of the oldest centers of human civilization.
There are over 2800 registered historical monuments in Fars Province. Monuments such as Persepolis, Pasargad and Eram Garden have been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Places of pilgrimage and holy shrines such as the holy shrine of SayyidMirahmad bin Musa Al-Kadhim (Peace be upon him) known as Shahcheragh, the shrine of Sayyid Ala al-Din Hussein (Peace be upon him), Ali bin Hamza, SayyidTajuddinGharib (Peace be upon him) and … have made Shiraz to be considered as the third religious city of Iran.
Shiraz a metropolis in Iran, is the biggest center offering the best medical services in south of Iran. In addition to medical potentials, close distance between Shiraz and Arab states of Persian Gulf makes Shiraz the best target for medical tourists.

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