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About Djibouti
From National Tourist Authority of Djibouti


Soon as the canal of Suez was opened, the Red Sea became one of the most important maritime ways on the road to India and the Middle East.

France considered necessary to have a supply base for it's navy between Suez and Saigon, on the southwest bank of the Red Sea. In March 1885, the leaders of Djibouti Province signed a treaty of protectorate and Eternal Friendship with France. The choice of Djibouti was commanded by the existence of abundant drinkable springs in Dorale and Ambouli. The works of reconstruction of the railway between Djibouti and Addis Ababa, began in 1898 under the orders of famous architects like Gustave Eiffel. A new town emerged on the other side of the border with Ethiopia, Dire Dawa, and after the complete opening of the line, in 1917, the railroad became a major attraction for the adventurers of the rail. The line as as important and as prestigious as the railways of Asia or Africa.

Hotels were opened, marvelous houses were built, in the centre of the city where some of them can still be found. In fact, in Djibouti, there is still a part of a building dating back to these days, typical hotels, mosques, broad houses market places, a marvelous inheritance!

Djibouti was supposed to become the rival of Aden and be the "Hong Kong' of the Red Sea. Djibouti was given a status of frank port. The Independence of Djibouti was declared on the 27th June 2977 and in January 2000, the Republic of Djibouti adopts a Strategic Plan of Development for tourism with a certain number of objectives and strategies fixed by the President of the Republic His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh

Thanks to is harbor, made of modern installations, the railway and the international airport, and the performing telecommunication, there is a great development of Banks, commerce and insurances, depending on the transport. In addition, the country possesses a liberal commercial and financial regime which helps the exchanges with foreign country and insure a stability for its money.

Where is Djibouti?

At seven hours flight from Europe, right at the junction of the African continent, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Djibouti holds indisputable tourist assets: sea depth of an exceptional richness, impressive landscape providing home for men and women of a savage beauty. The climate is comparable to a Mediterranean summer from October to April, while the hot season, from May to September, knows an average temperature of 35 degrees.

Scuba diving and fishing are one of the main resources of the country, because the abundance of fauna and flora in the Gulf of Tadjourah makes it a paradise for photographers. They can dive among beautiful, delicate and colored tree-like coral reefs, specific and privileged shelters for shells of more than twenty species of magnificent fish. The reefs of the Republic of Djibouti are classified among the most beautiful jewels of the tropical underwater world. Underwater hunting is prohibited.

The Island of Musha and Maskali in the middle of the Gulf offer to the visitors the pleasures of windsurfing and water skiing, in addition to their marvelous beaches of white and fine sand running between the mangrove swamps and coral reefs teeming with fish that you can gaze when snorkeling or scuba diving.

At Bock, scuba diving also turns out to be essential to discover the wonders of the most beautiful undersea "Cliff" of the Gulf. To the North, on the Western bank of Bab-el-Mendeb, a trip to the archipelago of "sept Frere" (seven brothers) is a must to complete this marine tour. At the junction of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, its six islands set in a curved extension of Ras Syan peninsula, are considered by the specialists as one of the "seven wonders" of deep-sea diving and are world famous for being the paradise of game fishing; you can find there rocklings, manta skates, carrangues, barracudas and sharks, the lords of the seas with their powerful and elegant stoke.

The Djiboutian bush holds the traveler spellbound because of its diversity but also because it evokes the chaos of the first geological ages volcanic areas alternate with desert extent, however not devoid of wildlife. The squirrels of the sands run in search of provisions; the gray spots of he dig-dig stand out against the hostile environment; the gazelles stop gazing, attentive to the least gesture, and launch heir legs in the stone fields at the first noise they hear; sometimes packs of cynocephali cross the road. In the wadis inhabited by tamarisks and beautiful aloe, rupestral engravings sometimes appear on the smooth surface of the rocks.

Geological discovery, ornithological observation and archaeological tours represent privileged focus for passionate tourists who want to mix business with pleasure.

To learn more about the Djiboutian bush, several weeks are necessary, during which you go on foot towards the campings moved away. you follow the herds in their search for pastures, in a word, you have live like shepherd.

A nomad family's life occurs essentially moving behind the crowd of goats and dromedaries which constitute their only wealth. The always transitory camps, include several toukouls or huts mad up with dismountable and transportable elements on back of dromedary. The reinforcement of branches is covered with braided plaits or boiled tree-barks which, once stretched in fine thin straps, can be easily braided. Plaits, dromedary skin, wooden domestic utensils, goatskins used as water bottles, and traditional weapons (lances, daggers, axes, shields et...) are the only usual objects of nomads. Their food is very frugal, they eat a little and keep wandering, satisfied with only one meal per day, containing products provided by the herd. In spite of an extremely abundant game in certain areas, nomads do not hunt, because they express a kind of undeniable respect towards inoffensive animals.

The Lake Abbe

There's an absolutely unusual scenery before the traveler's eyes, taken right out o a fantastic world with hundreds of peak framed limestone chimneys, rising towards the sky up to 150 meter. Here and there are permanent hot water sources some of which are boiling and developing pastures elsewhere unseen in the Republic of Djibouti.

The Lake Assal

On matters of tourism as well as geology. Lake Assal cannot be dissociated with Lake Goubet-Al-Kharab. To discover those wonders, just a day long trip that must not be missed under no circumstances when visiting the Republic of Djibouti, not even for the most hurried traveler. Lake Assal is an extremely beautiful natural curiosity, in a setting of volcanoes and black lava 153 meters below the sea level, bordered with dazzling white floes made of salt and gypsum.

The Republic of Djibouti has tried to vary its regional and international service economy: port, airport, railways and modern telecommunications are the lungs of this economy. The Djiboutian nation, thanks t its capacity of openness and adaptation, has succeeded to make itself a particular identity and personality on the grounds of tourism, service economy, culture and human resources.