Sumqayit is a bustling city on the banks of the Caspian Sea, the world's largest inland body of water. Once called "Sumgait", it was originally a suburb of Azerbaijan's capital Baku and became a city in its own right back in 1949. Expats living in Sumqayit can take in a number of sights and enjoy local attractions, not least of all the marvelous surrounding seaside area. During the time of the Soviet Union, the Sumqayit was heavily industrialized, a fact that is still noticeably, if less prominent, in today’s economy. If you are considering living in Sumqayit, the global expat community at InterNations can help you find your feet and get settled quickly. With more than one million members, the network can put you in touch with expats who, like you, have made Azerbaijan their new home.
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Sumqayit has a warm climate with summer temperatures often exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. For this reason, the city is popular for people who like to catch a few rays. Its location at the center of the western side of the Caspian offers spectacular views and the region is known for offering good fishing spots. Expatriates moving to Sumqayit who love sports may soon have a new favorite team, as Sumqayit PFT plays in the top division on Azerbaijani soccer. If you're concerned about cultural barriers when moving to Sumqayit, then you should have a look at InterNations’ content section, including the Expat Magazine. The latter offers general information on what to expect in a new country and gives tips and advice on dealing with culture shock, how to best get settled abroad, and other expatriation relevant topics.
While the city is much less industrialized than it was before the fall of the Soviet Union, Sumqayit still has around six major manufacturing plants, producing steel pipes for the oil sector, as well as rubbers, fertilizers and detergents. Working in Sumqayit isn't the only option for an expatriate living in Sumqayit, though. The city is just 19 miles north west of Baku, so commuting to the country's capital is easy for those that wish to widen their possible opportunities. The user generated content on the InterNations website can give you a first insight into how other expats have adapted to their new lives abroad and the working chances that have been presented to them. You can also use the forums to interact with fellow internationals and gain a first-hand report of what life in Azerbaijan has to offer.