For the western traveller there is nothing really to see in Atyrau. Most westerners are here to work either in or supporting the Oil & Gas business. On arrival at the "new international arrivals lounge" expect to wait at least an hour or more in a queue of westerners being screened by the Immigration officials. Once in the town there are several old monuments and buildings to see, some are new, most are throwbacks from the Soviet era here. There are many restaurants/bars here, most serve basic food but if you don't have a robust digestive system stick to the main hotels such as the Marriott and Renaissance. Night time can be dodgy if you are out alone so stick to the populated bars and always travel in a taxi with a companion. One unique experience is that you can cross over the river Ural main bridge that links Asia to Europe and literally claim that you've walked between two continents !! Don't come here for a holiday - you will be disappointed. Stray dogs roam the streets in most areas. The Asian bank of the Ural river that divides the city has a lovely footpath ideal for a daytime walk but undesirables loiter the footpath at night time. BBC world website has some photos of the place.