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Situated at the point where the Red Sea flows into the Indian Ocean.

Djibouti itself is a dry, mountainous country, shaped by volcanic activity but offers divers an incredibly diverse range of marine life. The rich feeding grounds that make up Djibouti's coastal waters attract a range of different species. Alongside Whale Sharks, divers can encounter Manta Rays, Beaked and Pilot Whales.

Regions in Djibouti : Ali Sabih, Arta, Dikhil, Djibouti, Obock, Tadjoura.

Capital City Djibouti : Djibouti

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Hotels in Djibouti

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.


  Sheraton Hotel in Djibouti City
  La Palmeraie in Dikhil
  La Palmeraie in Ali-Sabieh
  Corto Maltese in Tadjoura
  Hotel du Golfe in Tadjoura

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Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - ISBN 086442292XTravel Guides Djibouti / Related Books

Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
Frances Linzee Gordon (Author)
Includes highlights of each country's rich cultural and artistic heritage; valuable information on safety and health; illustrated sections on bird and marine life; fascinating details of the region's tribes and languages; and everything you need to know about where to stay, what to eat and where to go.
Paperback: 496 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; illustrated edition edition (Nov 2000); ISBN-10: 086442292X; ISBN-13: 978-0864422927.

Transport / How do I travel to Djibouti

Djibouti is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the south east. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula, is only 20 km from the coast of Djibouti.

  Djibouti Airport   -   Ambouli Airport [ JIB, 5km south of the city of Djibouti
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  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights   -   Flights Djibouti / Price comparison possible

Djibouti–Ethiopian Railway  -  train connection between Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa [ border? ]

The only two means of public inter-city travel are by bus and by ferry operating between Djibouti City and the towns of Tadjoureh and Obock.

The two main international routes to Djibouti City via Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, and Yoboki, Djibouti, are in poor condition due to heavy truck traffic on both roads.

  Maps International   -   Maps of Djibouti is one of the largest map shops online.
  Online Map Djibouti [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Former French Territory of the Afars and Issas and before French Somaliland in the 'Horn of Africa'.

  Office National du Tourisme de Djibouti [ national tourist board Djibouti ]

  Government   -   République de Djibouti   -   Republic of Djibouti

  City of Djibouti   -   Port on the Gulf of Tadjoura (an inlet of the Gulf of Aden)
Djibouti was founded by the French c.1888 and became the capital of French Somaliland in 1892.
There is a camel market in the town.

  Al-Sabieh   -   capital city is Ali Sabieh
Ali Sabieh borders Somaliland (Somalia) to the east and Ethiopia to the south. 
  Arta   -   newly created region   -   capital city is Arta.
  Dikhil Region   -   capital city is Dikhil
The region borders Ethiopia to the west/south and the Gulf of Tadjourah to the north. The region contains part of Lake Abhe Bad, which it shares with Ethiopia.
  Obock Region   -   many salt-lakes around the districts coast
The region borders Eritrea to the north and the Red Sea / Bab el Mandeb / Gulf of Aden to the east / south-east. The We'ima Wenz River runs along part of the regions border with Eritrea.
  Tadjoura Region   -   capital city Tadjourah is Tadjourah
The district borders Ethiopia and Eritrea to the north/north-west and the Gulf of Tadjourah to the south-east. Lake Asal is located in the south of the district.

  Ali Sabieh   -   capital city of Ali Sabieh Region
Situated in southern Djibouti.
  Arta   -   capital city Arta Region
  Balha   -   Tadjoura Region
  Dorra   -   Tadjoura Region
  Khor Angar   -   Obock Region
  Obock   -   capital city Obock Region and small port
Situated on the northern shore of the Gulf of Tadjoura [ Gulf of Aden ].
  Randa   -   Tadjoura Region
  Tadjoura   -   capital city Tadjourah Region an port on the Gulf of Tadjoura
In ancient times Tadjoura was the seat of the Afar Ad-Ali Abli Sultanate.

  Ghoubet al Kharab
Large bay that is connected to the Gulf of Tadjourah and the open sea by a narrow channel. Geologically it marks the start of the great rift valley and the junction between the African and Arabian continental plates. The bay attracts large numbers of whale sharks and manta rays from October to February.
  Gulf of Tadjoura   -   gulf or basin of the Indian Ocean in the Horn of Africa
Situated to the south of the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb [ entrance to the Red Sea ].
  Lake Assal   -   Salt Mining   -   the lowest point in Africa at 155m below sea level
Lake Assal sits at the top of the Great Rift Valley in the Danakil Desert.. As there are no rivers flowing out of the lake, it is ten times saltier than the ocean and is the most saline body of water in the world.  The Afar people of Sudan make their living by mining and trading this valuable commodity. Lake Asal is the most saline body of water on earth.
  Lake Abhe Bad   -   Dikhil region
  Maskali Island
  Musha Island
  Reefs of the Seven Brothers

  Dive sites
The Obock's step, The Wreck of Le Boutre, Ghoubet El Kharab's strait, The Wrecks of Musha, Arthur Rimbaud & Salem Wreck, the Dôme, the Shark Teeth, Red Sands and Ras Eiro.

  ADI   -   Agence Djiboutienne d'Information
  Club des Cheminots
  Club Nautique
  Jeune Afrique   -   L'   -  Le devoir d'informer, la liberté d'écrire
News from different African zones: Politique & Economie, Société & Culture, Sports, Science & Santé
  La   -   Bi-hebdomadaire djiboutien d'informations générales

Cuisine  -  Djibouti Cooking Recipes

  Djiboutian Cuisine
Arab people, the British and Indians, influenced this country's cuisine over the years. The Arabs brought along in the Djibouti cuisine ingredients like saffron, cinnamons, pomegranate juice, saffron and several other spices. Somewhere around the 16th century the British and Indian people arrived on this lands and brought with them their cuisine....

History of Djibouti

Independence: 27 June 1977 (from France)

The area of Djibouti has been occupied by several tribes, currently the Afar and the Somali Isa. These tribes had regular trade contacts with the Arabs, and adopted Islam as their religion.
In the 19th century, France established a protectorate in the area, named French Somaliland, governed by Léonce Lagarde.

  Djibouti's History   -   Wikipedia

Historical Dictionary of Djibouti (African Historical Dictionaries S.) 
Daoud A. Alwan, Yohanis Mibrathu
Established as a country a little more than a century ago, born as an independent republic in June 1977, Djibouti is among the youngest as well as the smallest states in Africa. Yet its strategic location at the crossroads of the maritime trade routes between Africa, Asia and Europe turned this tiny spot on the world map into a vital player in twentieth century geopolitics. This historical dictionary has been conceived not as a history book but as a reading grid for the major historical items that are still molding the country's social, political and economic life.
Hardcover 240 pages (December 28, 2000);  Publisher: Scarecrow Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0810838737

Music, Art & Culture, Events

Djibouti is made up of two main ethnic groups: the Afar and the Issas, along with French, Yemeni, Arab and Somali citizens. Issa are culturally related to Somalis. Their oral traditions include an array of poetry and proverbs, much of it devoted to the lives of Sufi saints.

  Music of Djibouti

Horn and Crescent: Cultural Change and Traditional Islam on the East African Coast, 800-1900 (African Studies) 
Randall L. Pouwels
In this first major historical study of Islam among the Swahili, Randall Pouwels shows how Islam and other aspects of coastal civilization have evolved since about AD 1000 as an organic whole. Coastal Africans, he argues, simply adopted Islam as the spiritual vehicle best suited to their expanding intellectual needs and to meeting the opportunities presented by their physical and cultural environment. The culture and religion that developed were strong, rich, supple, self-assured. yet capable of accommodating change where it was unavoidable or preferable. All these characteristics were put to the test in the nineteenth century, when coastal peoples were subjected to intense Arabizing and Westernizing influences. Pouwels demonstrates how local people went on asserting their own traditions while assimilating what they chose from both worlds. East African Muslims, therefore faced the twentieth century divided on issues of local cultural autonomy and the need to conform to external cultural pressures.
Paperback 287 pages (June 6, 2002);  Publisher: Cambridge University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0521523095
  Afar People
The Afar people live primarily in Ethiopia and the areas of Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somaliacan in the Horn of Africa. Their land is mainly rocky and desert terrain. The Afar people also live in the Awash Valley and the forests located in northern Djibouti. There are approximately 3 million people that make up the Afar culture.
Among the Pastoral Afar in Ethiopia: Tradition, Continuity and Socio-economic Change 
Kassa Negussie Getachew
Paperback 208 pages (February 28, 2002);  Publisher: International Books;  Language: English;  ISBN: 9057270390

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