Strategically located at the crossroads of the Middle East and Europe, Adana is
one of the five largest economic, social and cultural centers in Turkey. The Adana
Kebab®, which lent the city its fame for centuries, has recently been trademarked.
In this hospitable southern town you can experience warm, bright sunshine on the
coast at the flamingo haven of Karatas and refreshing coolness in the snow-covered
uplands of the Taurus Mountains all in the same day. Located on both sides of the
Seyhan River, and expanding around the Seyhan & Çatalan dam lakes, Adana is painted
green and blue, to the surprise of the first-time visitor or business traveler.
The Taurus Mountains offer a spectacular backdrop to the city.
Two important factors make Adana attractive for investment: the low cost of living
and easy access to the Turkish and international markets with the existing interstate
and transportation facilities.
A mild climate and rich soil make Adana the ‘bread basket of Turkey’. The city is
the marketing and distribution centre for an agricultural region that produces cotton,
wheat, barley, grapes, citrus fruits, olives and tobacco. Its main industries are
textile manufacturing, tanning (leather), and the processing of wool and various
With the Isken power plant investment signed between Germany and Turkey, Adana became
the country’s fifth largest recipient of foreign investment in 2003, mainly in the
chemical and food sectors. The 1210-megawatt coal power plant has been in operation
for two years. The current strategy for promoting the city to overseas investors
is to operate and maintain the largest industrial zone in the country, only 20 km
away from central Adana. In the industrial zone, 225 companies are already active,
primarily in the textile, heavy industry/metal, food, ready wear, plastics and machinery
One of the most significant economic developments for this region, along with the
whole of Europe and many world energy markets, is the soon-to-be-completed Baku
Tbilisi Ceyhan oil pipeline, of which 80% passes through Turkey, terminating on
the Mediterranean Sea, less than one-hour’s drive from Adana. This pipeline will
provide the countries of the Mediterranean and beyond with easy Access to the vast
oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea. For Adana, the prospects of a new petrochemical
industry in the region are enormous.
ADANA IS THE STRATEGIC LOCATION FOR A FUTURE ENERGY CENTRE OF EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE
Local investors, governors, representatives of the chambers, other NGOs and Cukurova
University are making visible efforts to ensure Adana earns a significant position
in research and technology, as well as in economic trade. Cukurova University, which
offers one of the strongest medical and agricultural programmes in the country,
has spearheaded the founding of an 850,000 square-meter technology development region,
in partnership with the City of Adana, the chambers of commerce and industry, and
16 private firms, to encourage research and development (R&D). The city officials
also put effort in making Adana and its region a new destination for the international
Adana Chamber of Commerce (ATO), one of the oldest NGOs in the city, was founded
in 1894 – well before Atatürk founded modern Turkey – to regulate and control the
cotton trade. Today, it is an organization that strives to strengthen the regional
economic structure, and to speed up the accumulation of capital in the region together
with the Adana Chamber of Industry and the Adana Commodity Exchange. Apart from
participating in the EU’s European Chambers Development Programme, ATO plays a lead
role in organizing international fairs and forums. The Adana International Forum
on Economic Cooperation – for which the second annual meeting will be held in Adana
Hilton between February 22-24, 2006, is an initiative driven solely by ATO, to provide
new business opportunities between the business partners of Turkey and the participant
In addition to business opportunities, Adana offers a variety of lifestyles. For
those who are interested in the liveliness of the city, and the convenience of having
quality stores, shops, restaurants and sports facilities within walking distance,
many spacious luxury flats are available in the central neighborhoods. For those
seeking peace and quiet, numerous amenity-loaded suburban villas abound.
Since Adana has the largest hospital in south-eastern Turkey, as well as numerous
public and private health care facilities, and a strong medical school, it is easy
to find high quality health care. And as English is emphasized in almost all schools
from elementary to high school, it is not difficult to find many English-speaking
managers, professionals, secretaries and qualified labourers.
The river walk along the Seyhan River is a haven for walkers and cyclists, who can
cross the river on a series of pedestrian suspension bridges to access a vast green
park that is well maintained by the city. Many fish restaurants around the lake
offer an alternative to the popular kebap restaurants in town. Nightlife can be
the highlight of Adana, if you look out for the quality bars, clubs and restaurants
tucked away in unexpected corners of the city.
A CITY OF ORANGE BLOSSOMS
Outdoor recreation opportunities in the autumn and spring months – and occasionally
on bright, warm winter days – are among Adana’s best kept secrets. The historical
Hittite settlement Karatepe, famous also for its handmade kilims, is only one hour
away, and is perfect for day trips in spring, when the whole region is perfumed
with citrus blossoms. During the heat of the summer, the uplands of the Taurus Mountains
provide relief and a chance for some white-water rafting and mountain trekking.
You can also sail, canoe and windsurf on the lake. The Mediterranean coast, with
the seaside towns of Karatas and Yumurtalik, has sandy beaches that are accessible
within an hour by car. Two of the largest lagoons in the country are located near
Karatas, and host many varieties of birds as they migrate south, creating a paradise
for bird watchers.
Adana’s close proximity to the Taurus Mountains to the north, the Mediterranean
to the south, Karatepe and other world renowned historic sites to the east, along
with its pleasant climate and reasonable cost of living, a highly trained work force,
and trade oriented business culture make it a pleasant and an exciting place to
Adana is a city of 2 million people, where you can run errands around town in the
middle of the day, have a delicious kebab meal and still return home within a couple
of hours. Where else in the world can you do that?