Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan,fourth most populous city proper in the world and the 6th most populous metropolitan city in the world. Ranked as a beta world city, the city is Pakistan’s premier industrial and financial centre. Karachi is also Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to two of Pakistan’s two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as the busiest airport in Pakistan. Besides these below are the 10 amazing facts about Karachi that you should know.
1) Largest City
Karachi is the largest city in the Muslim world , fourth largest in the world as a city proper and the 6th largest urban agglomeration in the world . Also Karachi is the largest and most populous city of Pakistan as well.
2) Old Settlement
Karachi is one of the oldest cities of Pakistan, it was developed as a port and trading center by Hindu merchants in the early 18th century. In 1843 it passed to the British, who made it the seat of the Sindh government. Steady improvements in harbor facilities made Karachi a leading Hundustani port by the late 19th century, while agricultural development of the hinterland gave it a large export trade.
3) Capital of Pakistan
Karachi served as Pakistan’s capital from 1947, when the country gained independence, until 1959 when Rawalpindi was made temporary capital, pending completion of Islamabad.
4) Commercial Hub
Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan. With an annual GDP estimated at $113 billion as of 2014, (projected to be $193 billion in 2025 at a growth rate of 5.5%). The city accounts about half of the total collections of the Federal Board of Revenue, out of which, approximately half are customs duty and sales tax on imports. Karachi produces about 30 percent of value added in large scale manufacturing, 20% of the GDP, the World Bank identified Karachi as the most business-friendly city in Pakistan. In 2010, research by the global human resources company Mercer found Karachi to be the most inexpensive city in the world.
5) Largest Christian Cross
Asia’s largest “Christian Cross” is located in Korangi , Karachi. Rising to a height of 140 ft. The cross stands on a 20-feet underground base and according to report it is “bulletproof and made of tons and tons of steel, iron and cement.”
6) Home to Edhi
Karachi is well known for its welfare organizations , It is home to Edhi Organization , which holds record for the largest volunteer ambulance service in the world since 1996 with over 1800 ambulances 28 rescue boats and 2 airplanes . It’s founder Abdul Sattar Edhi was a recipient of Lenin Peace Prize Award and was nominated for Noble Peace Prize several times .
7) Tallest Building of South Asia
Bahria Icon Tower is a skyscraper located on the coast of the Arabian Sea in Karachi. The complex includes a 62-storey and 40-storey mixed-used buildings, its 62 storey tower is the tallest building in Pakistan. The complex is based on a four acre plot in the up-scale Clifton area. The complex is owned by the Bahria Town Group.
The building consists of 10 floors of serviced corporate offices, 40 floors of serviced apartments, Pakistan’s highest located terraced restaurant and South Asia’s first double-decker high speed elevator along with a shopping mall. Also this building has been the tallest building of South Asia from 2016 to 2017 and now the second tallest in the region.
8) Home to Largest Mall
Lucky One is a residential project under construction in Karachi, comprising eight buildings, each having 28 floors and a mall at podium level. This will be Hyperstar’s second hypermarket in Karachi as one is located in Dolmen Mall Clifton. The mall is to be built on 3.2 million square feet,– several times the size of Dolmen Mall. the project also includes an eight-screen multiplex, a fun planet, a bowling alley, a food court as well as dining restaurants, a ramp for holding fashion shows, a space for music concerts as well as parking space for 3,000 cars and a captive power plant. The project will generate employment for 10,000 to 15,000 people. Lucky One is also the largest Mall of South Asia.
9) South Asia’s Largest Choreographed Fountains
South Asia’s largest Choreographed fountains were unveiled in Bahria Town , Karachi (which is Asia’s largest private real estate group ). Designed by renowned designers who have also designed Dubai Fountain , Dubai Canal and Singapore’s Santoza fountains.
10) Asia’s Largest Avenue
Home to Asia’s largest Avenue , Jinnah Avenue with whopping 20 lanes. In this latest mega project , both sides of the avenue would be dotted with various architectural marvels including Grand Jamaih Mosque , full size replicas of the iconic Taj Mahal , Effiel Tower with a large Central Park.