How Moscow is preparing for FIFA World Cup
In 2018, the city will face an important task – hosting the FIFA World Cup. This event will be watched by people from all over the planet, and at least hundreds of thousands of football fans will come to the Russian capital to cheer for their teams.
National Geographic experts included Moscow in the list of top seven tourist destinations for 2017. And PricewaterhouseCoopers ranked Moscow 4th in their “Digitalisation of Culture and Tourism” ranting, which was published in July 2017.
In 2018, the year the World Cup will be held in Russia, another 27 hotels that can accommodate 3,800 people will be erected, and 12 of them will be constructed in the first half of the year. The capital currently has 1,086 hotels and other places of accommodation, from five-star hotels to mini-hotels. There are a total of 62,900 rooms that can accommodate 163,000 guests.
Volunteers will help introduce the tourists to the city and set up informational platforms. About 5,000 people will be trained for the championship. They will greet guests at airports and train stations, as well as help them at city events and along tourist routes in the city.
A call center will be operating to answer questions about tourist resources and the capital, the city’s transportation infrastructure, and help in emergency situations. Call center staff will speak Russian, English, German, French, and Chinese. 8 (800) 302-31-12 and 8 (800) 350-51-12 will be toll free numbers for all mobile phones tied to Russian operators, as well as for all landline phones in the city. 8 (495) 587-71-12 will take calls from foreign countries, as well as from foreign tourists who are in Moscow and are using in ternational roaming plans. In these cases, the charges will be determined by the caller’s mobile operator.
Tourist information centers will provide visitors with city maps and guides in different languages. They will be open daily from 10:00am to 7:00pm at Triumfalnaya Square, at the Red Square inside the GUM, and at the Church of Christ the Savior.
For safety reasons, pedestrian routes in the center will be patrolled by tourist police. Tourist police will not only ensure public safety, but will also help tourists find their way around the city. The police officers will speak English. There will also be officers who speak German, French, Spanish, and Chinese. Tourists will easily be able to spot officers, who will be wearing Tourist Police badges.
Metro and above-ground transport staff will complete English courses. Moreover, the city will put together phrasebooks for them with helpful English expressions.
Getting to sports arenas will be easy: the Spartak Stadium will have a metro station on the purple line, and Luzhniki metro station (located on the Moscow Central Circle) will be a short walk away from the Big Sports Arena. Fans will be able to ride the metro for free on days when games are held. A unified navigation system and English names for metro stations and MCC stations will help tourists find their way around the capital. Fans will also have access to free railway transportation to and from Moscow when going to matches.
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Luzhniki will host the main sports cluster
Luzhniki will serve as the capital’s main sports park. The Big Sports Arena and swimming pool have been renovated, and a tennis center and ice skating rink are currently under construction. Guests will be welcome in thermal baths, gyms, athletic clubs, and workshops.
After renovations, the stadium will be able to host 81,000 fans, which means the stadium has increased its capacity by 3,000 people. Stands are now located closer to the field and the angles have changed, providing the audience with phenomenal views from anywhere in the stadium. South and north stands have 2 media screens that will also be visible from anywhere in the stadium. And, thanks to a new French audio system, even fans who are far away from the field will have no problem hearing the game. 102 skyboxes, or extra comfort zones, are located along the perimeter of the stands. There is also space for fans with disabilities and journalists. A special cover will protect the audience from rain and snow. The grass on the arena is natural. In order to ensure its quality, new drain age, heating, irrigation, and agrotechnical monitoring systems have been installed in the arena. The goals have been equipped with goal-control systems.
The stadium also has modern security systems. There will be 6 transportation and 5 pedestrian checkpoints, 1,500 outdoor surveillance cameras and 1,000 indoor surveillance cameras, radiation monitors, explosive and hazardous liquid detectors, X-ray introscopes and under vehicle scanners.
The Luzhniki pool will become a modern swimming center after reconstruction. This six-story complex is located on an area of 56,200 square meters. There will be an Olympic-size swimming pool that’s 50 meters in length and has 10 lanes and two practice pools (25 by 6 meters). There will also be an aquapark and thermal baths. Guests will be able to visit spas, hydromassage, salt baths, as well as several pools that will include a wave pool and a pool with a river. Visitors with disabilities will also be able to visit the new center, as there will be special ramps and railings installed for them. The pool will be covered with a transparent sliding roof, but overall the appearance of the building won’t change. Like before, it will be decorated with bas-reliefs and colonnades. The building facade will feature ornamental inserts in the shape of rings reminiscent of the 1980 Olympic games. The rings will decorate the pools and the spa center, the light and furniture. A mosaic based on work by Aleksandr Deyneka will also be used in finishing the building.
There will be a square with a fountain, lawns, stone benches, lanterns, and urns in front of the main entrance into the center. At night, the building will be lit up with architectural lighting, which will vary depending on the weather and time of year. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
The tennis club at Luzhniki, located on 36,000 square meters, will be the largest tennis club in Europe. The club will house 22 courts, 15 of which will be covered, as well as platforms with other kinds of racket sports: badminton, squash, table tennis, and paddle tennis. Club members will be able to combine tennis lessons with other types of physical training, recovery after workouts, and family leisure activities. There will also be a children’s center inside the club, which will have a tennis school for young athletes. The club is scheduled to open in 2019.
The Crystal Ice Palace located on an area of 24,500 square meters will become an all-purpose training center for hockey players and ice skaters. The ice palace will be constructed inside Luzhniki, between the Small Sports Arena and the Palace of Sports. There will be two full ice rinks with stands that will be able to accommodate up to 500 people, a pool with an exit to the summer terrace, a gym, a cafe with a view of the ice rinks, and a spa.
The underground level will have a parking area for 130 cars. The building facade will be decorated with vertical slats. Two entrances will feature stained glass windows with architectural elements in the shape of symbolic crystals. The ice palace will be complete in 2019.
Ski slope at Vorobyovy Gory to be reconstructed
The ski slope at Vorobyovy Gory will be complete after reconstruction in 2018, according to the Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin. Mr. Khusnullin says that the slope is not in good shape right now, but will meet all international athletic requirements after the reconstruction project is complete. High-profile athletic competitions will take place here.
A sports complex will be erected at Vorobyovy Gory. There will be an athletic school for children and young adults built next to the slope. The project will recreate the historical athletic area for professional training and all city residents.
There will also be a cable lift launched from Vorobyovy Gory to Luzhniki in 2018. The lift will stretch for 737 meters, and will have three stations: an upper station at Kosygyna Street, a middle station at Vorobyovskaya Embankment, and a lower station at Luzhnetskaya Embankment. The structure will be harmoniously intertwined with the surrounding landscape, and the cars will be quick and noiseless. The cable lift over the Moscow River will have beautiful panoramic views of the capital, which will attract even more tourists. In the winter, the cable lift will be used by skiers in order to get to the slope at Vorobyovy Gory. In the summer, it will be used by cyclists, parents with strollers, and tourists.
River convertibles to appear on the Moscow River
10 new river trams will start to operate on the Moscow River in the summer of 2018. The launch of these trams is tied to the FIFA World Cup, which will partially take place in the capital. This modern passenger water transport will have climate control and a telescopic glass roof. Depending on the weather, the roof can be opened or rolled all the way back, just like roofs on convertible cars. The river trams will be easy to spot by their bright colors. They will be featured in rainbow colors, as well as in pink, lilac, and burgundy shades. Each vessel will be able to accommodate 44 passengers. All trams will be equipped with audio guides in nine languages. A one-way ticket will cost 500 rubles. The night river trams will run every half hour, and each one will stop at the following quays: Kievsky Vokzal, Luzhniki, Vorobyovy Gory, Gorky Park, Bolshoy Kamenny Most, Zaryadye, and Novospassky Bridge.
Summer routes in the Moscow River usually open in April and run until October or November. The exact opening and closing dates depend on the weather. During warmer months, cruise ships from several carriers run along the Moscow River.
The first Benetton showroom in the world is open
A pilot digital showroom for the Italian brand Benetton has opened at the shopping and entertainment center Vegas, located on Kashirsky Highway. The space combines online and offline areas. the store has an interactive terminal mounted on the wall and tablets with online catalogs that clients can use to check for products in the online store and other store locations, as well as to make an order with delivery to the store or to the home. The store currently features 700 clothing models for adults, with another 150 in the digital showroom.
Fili Grad shopping center is now open
The total area of the shopping center comprises 15,000 square meters, and the leasable area amounts to 11,800 square meters. The center is part of a multipurpose complex with the same name, which is located at Beregovoy Proyezd, not far from Moscow City. Shopping center tenants include the supermarket Perekrestok, Solovei beauty salon, an Italian dry cleaning and laundry service Lavanderia, and an oriental dessert store. In the near future, Fitness One Art fitness club, Neopharma pharmacy, Shokoladnitsa cafe, Koi Nori restaurant, Fleurs Royales florist and design shop, and other tenants will open their doors inside the center. The Fili Grad shopping center will house a total of about 50 stores and infrastructure facilities, including restaurants and cafes, a childrens development center, a bank, and household services. The shopping center is located within walking distance from the Shelepiha station of the Moscow Central Circle. The Fili Grad shopping center has a 3-level parking area with space for 1,200 cars.
First Frette store inside GUM
A monobrand Frette store, which represents the luxury Italian textile brand that has existed for over 150 years, has opened on the 3rd line of the GUM. Here, guests can purchase gorgeous linens, interior and kitchen textiles, leisure wear (including for children), as well as interior items and accessories. Jacquard, which the company’s experts use to create true masterpieces, continues to be the company’s main selling point. The new spacious GUM store is located on an area of over 150 square meters. The interior is finished in a reserved, minimalist style: cool blue and green hues are the dominant colors. The designers decided to keep GUM’s historical, tall arches instead of opting for stucco and lush decor. The main accent of the interior is original folding screens: decorative panels in the shape of stained-glass windows with a geometric pattern, which split up the space and give it a cozy atmosphere. Guests will be able to place special Frette orders inside the boutique. The company’s history began in 1860. Frette textiles were shipped on legendary transatlantic liners like the Titanic and on the fashionable Orient Express. The company also makes items for luxury hotels like the Ritz in Paris, Savoy in London, and the Grand Hotel in Rome.
Construction of the Federation Complex is complete
The construction of the Federation Complex at the Moscow City business center has been completed. Apartment owners will now be able to use the eastern entrances, which have separate elevators. Visitors will see the open area of the atrium, which is 54,5 meters tall. The protective covering over the space between the two towers has already been removed. Currently, construction workers are completing final finishing work inside the building premises and on below-ground floors.
The Federation Complex has two towers – Zapad (West) and Vostok (East). They have been erected on one stylobate. At 374 meters, the Vostok tower is currently the tallest building in Europe. Moscow City and Taganskaya Square will be joined by a new pedestrian route. The route will be 17 kilometers long and will run along the Moscow River.
Ostrov Mechty park – a new tourist attraction
Ostrov Mechty, the first city resort in Russia and a new tourist attraction, is located on the bank of the Moscow River. The park will be located in the southern part of the capital, in the Nagatinskaya floodplain, across an area of about 100 hectares. it will include a natural park and an indoor amusement park. The indoor part will have 27 rides, a hotel with 41o rooms, a children’s yacht school, restaurants, and shops. Under the glass dome, there will be a central square and city promenade, a concert hall for 3,800 people and a movie theatre with 17 screening rooms.
Aside from rides, the Ostrov Mechty park will have 250 shops and over 50 restaurants. Shops, boutiques, and restaurant will be located before the entrance to the amusement park, in the pedestrian area.
There will also be an outdoor summer movie theatre, which will accommodate 800 people. Pedestrian walkways and cycling lanes will stretch throughout the whole park. The total length of these lanes will comprise about 10 kilometers.
The promenade area will have platforms for 12 restaurants, 14 cafes, 6 cafeterias, 11 self-service cafes in the food court area, and 10 restaurants with summer terraces. The visitors will be able to get to the cafes and restaurants directly from the street, The entrance to the indoor amusement park will start from the city promenade area with streets, alleys, sidewalks, and a central square. Four pedestrian galleries will be erected in architectural styles: “Spain” with Barcelona, “America” with Beverly Hills, “Italy” with Rome, and “England” with London. Over 100 unique facades have been developed for the city promenade.
RYUMKA VODKI. This is a revival and rethinking of former Soviet traditions. The establishment on Petrovka 30/7 takes you back to nostalgic times when discussing something important over a shot of vodka with friends or colleagues after work was as simple as riding the tram home. The new restaurant under the patronage of Grigory Leps and the first VP of Crocus Group Emin Agalarov recreates this kind of simplicity and ease. Simple, easy to understand, affordable – these are the three pillars of a real “ryumochnaya.” Affordable prices are key here, and the average check amounts to about 500-1,000 rubles. There are over 30 different kinds of vodka and 27 tinctures and liquors made on the spot. The primary purpose of the menu is to offer snacks that go well with the alcohol. The snack selection includes forshmak, sandwiches with sprats, pork fat with bread, sauerkraut, and assorted platters. The salads are heavy artillery that have stood the test of time: Soviet vinegret, Oliver salad, Mimosa, and herring under fur coat. The soups and entrees won’t leave you hungry. There are classics like chicken and fish soup, as well as Kiev burgers and chicken tabaka. The khinkali, khachapuri, and pelmeni add some variety to the classic Soviet assortment. All the products are of superb quality, and you can take snacks (sprats, herring, pork fat) with you to go.
ZARYADYE GASTRONOMIC CENTER. The city park and cultural and educational Zaryadye, which opened in 2017, is launching a conceptual project: a modern food court with 8 gourmet islands that feature dishes prepared in accordance with recipes from different Russian regions. There is an ice bar with refreshing oysters and champagne; a gorgeous showcase with crabs, lobsters, and shrimp; a meat gourmet station with steaks, ribs, and tenderloin; spit roasted geese, ducks, quails; a soup station with schi, fish soup, lagman, and goulash; dozens of different kinds of pelmeni and vareniki; rasstegais and kulebyaki in the pie area; and a dessert island with crepes, desserts, and baked goods. The unique delicacies are shipped from various parts of Russia, from the Far East to the Black Sea. Guests can also place special orders for eco-canned goods. All of this is available for takeout at reasonable prices in the most amazing park in Moscow.
VOSKHOD. Zaryadye Park has another restaurant from the famous restaurateur Alexander Rappoport. In terms of food culture, former republics of the USSR haven’t caught up to geopolitical changes and doesn’t depend on updated maps in history books. These areas are always united by secret culinary codes. In the new restaurant, the former republics are a gigantic area where modern Russian cuisine continues to develop, and the neighboring borscht, manti, satsivi, pilov, draniki, chebureks, sprats and shish kebabs will never look out of place alongside of it. The interior is modelled after perceptions people from the 60s had about the future, and the restaurant provides an excellent view of Zaryadye Park, the Kremlin, and Vasilievsky Descent. Maksim Tarusin, known to Moscow food lovers from the restaurant Dr. Zhivago, which revived the Soviet kitchen with true pride for the first time in years, heads up the kitchen. Maksim has also worked at the legendary restaurant Yar in the Sovietsky Hotel, as well as abroad in China, the US, and France. He is the winner of several professional cooking competitions.
DRUZHBA CAFE. The name perfectly reflects the essence of this establishment on Rodchelskaya 15, bldg. 30, which is brought to you by the owners of the legendary club Soho Rooms and the suburban Soho Country Club. Druzhba Cafe, which is located on the territory of the former Trehgornaya Manufactory, is all about the atmosphere: heartwarming meetings and happy get-togethers, no dress codes or deposits, and affordable prices.
The menu is heavy on simple and familiar food, which is produced entirely on the spot. Items include sausages, meat delicacies, homemade bread, salads, tartars and food from the grill. There are small performances and mini-plays every friday and Saturday. Entry is free, but you need to reserve a table in advance. The restaurant is open from noon until last guest.
KOLBASNYY TSEKH. In the fall of 2017, a new restaurant called Kolbasnyy Tsekh appeared between Kutuzovsky Prospect and Taras Shevchenko Embankment. The restaurant is a unique joint project of restaurateur Arkady Novikov and the famous sausage maker Andrey Kuspits. The kitchen is headed up by Dmitry Yakovlev (WhiteCafe, GQ Bar, Chipollino). Dmitry learned from the Spanish chef Martin Berasategui, who is currently decorated with 7 Michelin stars.
The focus of the new restaurant, which can accommodate 170 people, is a wide selection of premium and alternative steakes, as well as sausage dishes – original and classic recipes from all over the world. The menu includes the French cassoulet and the Portuguese feijoada alongside a traditional Russian sausage omelette, prepared the same way it was in 1938. You can sample all the sausages by splitting a large platter with your party. The restaurant stand sells sausages, hams, and a variety of homemade smoked products. Everything is made right there in the shop, which can be seen through the glass directly from the restaurant. The products are prepared exclusively from the best meat and spices. For example, three kinds of pepper were brought from the Spanish Extremadura in order to make chorizo sausages, myrtle berries are shipped from Sardinia for the mortadella, and white and green peppers come from Cambodia to make dry-cured sausages. Marble beef and top-quality pork are used to make Vienna and Strasbourg sausages. Andrey Kuspits, a craft sausage expert, is in charge of the sausage shop. He is the co-owner of a small Moscow meat delicacy producer and holder of the Renaissance Française medal for promoting French gastronomic recipes in the sausage business.
The bar has a beer selection that includes classic European beer and solid Russian craft beer. And the excellent wine selection will please any wine connoisseur.
BRIGHT ISRAELI GRILL. Just a two-minute walk from Mayakovskaya metro station, on the second floor of Tverskaya 27, there is a cozy cafe with a flashy name. Israeli Grill is self-explanatory, but the word Bright, in this case, is referring to the unforgettable taste of Middle Eastern dishes prepared by chef Bryan Diab.
The cafe interior is decorated in a modern, urban style: high ceilings, brickwork, arched facades, panoramic windows with views of the city and slightly dimmed chamber lights. The small space seats 35 people. The cafe has an open kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the establishment. According to both the owners and the visitors, the food is prepared exactly the same way it’s done in Israel. The menu includes about 30 Middle Eastern dishes. The portion sizes are big (as expected) and the prices are affordable. Shawarmas are the main highlight. The guests can choose from 4 different types of shawarma with chicken: traditonal (220 rub.), on a plate (320 rub.), Arabic-style (320 rub.), which was born in the arabic parts of Israel, and the most unusual option – the “makeit” (you pick the ingredients yourself). There is an impressive selection of hummus – grated chickpeas with olive oil and sesame paste. The name of the cafe implies that there is a special attitude toward the grill, so meat lovers will definitely have to try the chicken shashlik called “Shish Tauk” (280 rub.) and the kebab made out of juicy beef (300 rub.).
MYATA MARKET. The first floor of the City of Capitals tower in Moscow City now has a grocery store from Funny Family Group. Myata Market immediately became a flagship project of the future chain, which will bring together several elements under one roof: a delicatessen shop, a confectionary shop, an express cafe, a mini-market, a fresh bar, and delivery and catering services.
Myata guests are greeted by an island with natural juices and smoothies, as well as a salad bar where you can build a different salad every day. You can take sandwiches and paninis with you to go, or eat a hearty breakfast at a table in front of the market entrance. The local shop has an assortment of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and various delicacies from Russian farmers.
Myata also has options for lunch and dinner (at home or at the office). Funny Family chefs prepare the menu, which includes just about everything from traditional Russian dishes to exotic Asian cuisine. There are selections for vegetarians and healthy lifestyle enthusiasts.
Farmers and other food producers regularly come to the market. Guests can not only learn about the way different products are made, but also sample products.
FORTEP’YANO KARAOKE (Bolshoi Putinkovsky Pereulok 5) is a cozy club with separate karaoke rooms and the latest sound equipment that makes every guest feel like a star. Cozy, modern-style interiors give the club a contemporary feel, while Gatsby style elements add a touch of glamour and luxury to the establishment. There are separate VIP rooms for 6-10 people, private areas with comfortable couches where guests can celebrate in big groups, and tables in the main room for those who like to be the center of attention. The main attraction is the sound quality and show program.
You can perform just about any song in the club, since the list of available tunes is very extensive. If you can’t find your rare composition on the list, the staff will track it down online. The club’s menu features different salads, cold and hot dishes, sushi, and a wide variety of meat dishes. There is a big selection of French, Italian, and Chilean wine, as well as hard alcohol like cognac and whiskey. The club is open daily from 9.00 pm until the early morning hours.
BRUSNIKA. The cafe chain that serves as an alternative to nondescript office cafeterias continues to expand. The new Brusnika cafe, which is located on Bolshaya Bronnaya 7, is the most festive. The aesthetics resemble a cozy bourgeois establishment: snow-white displays and moldings, light Mediterranean salads, and morning porridges. There is also a confectionary shop, which regularly puts out soft croissants, real macaroons, and hot strudels. Plus, there is a selection of Italian wines, so you can have a glass over lunch. The beautiful building on one of the liveliest streets by the Patriarch Ponds, the 10-meter snow-white display with ready-made salads, entrées, cakes, tartlets, and all sorts of desserts, the imperial ceiling with molding, the decor from the cafe’s founders, the green wall with plants from the Spanish florist Pedro Garcia – all of this creates a cozy and friendly atmosphere for the new fast-casual cafe. The chain’s founder Yulia Artemyeva developed the design herself. She tried to preserve the place’s history while highlighting its strong points: to incorporate wooden furniture, renovate ceiling coverings, find designer mirrors from old ship wood, and hang up new English crystal chandeliers.