Location in Kazakhstan
|Re-Named and Re-Classified as a "City"||1961|
(1 Jan 2009)
|Time zone||UTC+6 (ALMT)|
|Area code(s)||+7 331 31|
Abay (Kazakh: Абай, Abaý) is a town (since 1961) located in central Kazakhstan, and has served as the capital of Abay District in Karaganda Region since 2002. Population: 25,550 (2009 Census results); 33,066 (1999 Census results).
Abay was founded in 1949 as a coal mining settlement with the name Sherubay-Noora (Kazakh: Шерубай-Нұра, Sherýbaı-Nura; Russian: Чурубай-Нура, Churubay-Nura). In 1961, it was renamed Abay, after Abay Qunanbayuli, a Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher.
In 2014 a team from Abay participated in the national championships in bandy for junior players born in 1996 and younger.