The Baku of today is a combination of Southern France and American Orlando. It has a lot of parks, sculptures, beautiful building fronts, smiling people, an endless embarkment with numerous little cafes, and a well-grommed historical center.
In 1994, they signed a contract, according to which 80% of the net profit from oil extraction in Azerbaijan, goes to the country. Moreover, foreign oil companies invested into Azerbaijan over 11.5 billion US dollars.
Since then, the country has been experiencing a construction and economic boom.
Old oil pumps still remain in the city.
Nowadays, Baku is a modern megacity with five-star hotels and London cabs as taxi.