Kartal District located on the Asian side of Istanbul, on the coast of Marmara sea with a population of 470.676 people, and a total land area of 38.54 km2 . Founded at the beginning of the 6th cc as a small fishermen’s village, Kartal District was designated as an industrial area in 1947 during the Republican era, and experienced a huge population growth thereafter. Kartal’s demographics has been changing ever since with the building of industrial factories, their closing afterwards.
Bilecik-Gölpazarı, Tunceli-Ovacık , Artvin-Hopa-Kemalpaşa, Ardahan–Damal, Diyarbakır-Çüngüş,Yalova-Altınova-Subaşı, Kırklareli-Pınarhisar, Mardin-Ömerli, Bolu-Mudurnu, Niğde-Bor-Kemerhisar, Nevşehir-Hacıbektaş, Yalova City Çınarcık, Edirne-Havsa, Artvin-Şavşat, Trabzon-Düzköy, Afyon-İhsaniye, Çanakkale-Kavakköy, Erzincan-Altınbaşak, Bosna Hersek-Banoviçi, KKTC-Esentepe, Bulgaristan-Asparuhovo, Romanya-Ilfov, Azerbaycan-Bakü Azizbeyov- Buzovna, Bosna Hersek-Visoko, Bulgaristan Kırcaali-Ardino (Eğridere), Sırbistan-Sjenica, Bulgaristan-Silistre-Sitovo.
It is of great importance to convert this cultural diversity into opportunity and create a cultural mosaic in Kartal. In this regard, appraisal of current cultural centers, and building of new ones as well as creating in its residents a sense of belonging to Kartal and enhancing their consciousness are among the key strategies of the municipality.
Municipality of Kartal participates in national and international socio-cultural activities and brings people of Kartal together during these events. Throughout the year, these cultural, artistic, educational and sportive activities occur periodically and put Kartal on the map as a center of cultural activity.
Every summer “The Art and Culture Festival” is hosted in Kartal. Throughout the festival, seminars, discussions, panels, conferences, symposiums and educational and training activities for children, as well as concerts, movie showings and theaters are held in Kartal’s cultural centers.
Kartal is host to an industrial and commercial zone, unique geological richness, forest and coastal areas. Kartal lies at the northeast end of the Sea of Marmara and southwest of the peninsula of Kocaeli.
To the east of Kartal lies Pendik and Tuzla, to its north lies Sultanbeyli, Maltepe is to the west. It has a land area of ~39 km2 , coastline of 7 km. It has a climate that transitions between that of the Black Sea climate with high precipitation and the warm Mediterranean climate. During the winter the cold weather from the Balkan peninsula affects the climate and on the average Kartal receives 7 days of snow and 25 days of frost.
The coastline is covered with sand and clay with silica deposits to the north of the coastline. These deposits are covered with red and brown soil and are very fertile. Additionally, Yakacık has limestone and quartzite. Kartal has an undulating topography; starting at sea level and reaching Aydos Mountain at 539 m (Istanbul’s tallest peak). Kartal has valuable natural resources; fertile land, underground drinking water supplies, Yakacık, Aydos Mountain.
The municipality is committed to the protection of Kartal’s natural resources.
The parks in Kartal have a total area coverage of 270.000 m2. 45 of these parks are above the inter-city highway. 75 of these parks are below the inter-city highway (between the highway and the coastline).
Besides these sites, Kartal is in great proximity to the Prince Islands, which increases Kartal’s touristic value. Additionally there are other sites under consideration to be added to this list. Among these are: Quarry Site, Industry Avenue and the avenue’s coastal connection (port), Urban Park (Balıklı Göl).