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The Geography of Travel and Tourism

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The Geography of Travel and Tourism

Djibouti is a late 19th century city with a distinctly Arabic feel. It
boarders the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea between Eritrea and Somalia
with a total area coverage of 23,000 sq km. Attractions include the
lively central market (Le Marche Central) which is located near the
Mosque, and many local bars and restaurants, also worth seeing is the
tropical aquarium which has exhibits from the red sea and is open
daily. Djibouti lies within a geological feature known as the Afar
Triangle, which is one of the hottest and most desolate places on
Earth. Its part of the Great Rift Valley system and it is a wedge of
flat dessert pushing into the Ethiopian Massif. The country has one of
the lowest points on the planet, Lake Assal which is 60 miles to the
South West of Djibouti City and sits at 570ft below sea level. The
country’s official languages are Arabic and French although English is
spoken by hoteliers, taxi drivers and traders. The governments prime
minister is Mohamed Dileita he has been in power since 2001 and was
chosen by the people of Djibouti. Since the country gained
independence in 1977 there are still many French themes for example
clothing and French food delicacies.

Djibouti isn’t known for its mass tourist attractions, its economy is
based on service activities connected with the country’s location and
status as a free trade zone in northeast Africa. Djibouti provides
services as both a transit port, a international transhipment and
refuelling centre, Djibouti has very few natural resources and little
industry which is why it is therefore dependent on foreign assistance
to help ...

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...outi gained independence from France and created their own
government but they have also managed to create peace with them selves
after years of civil war. Tourism has never been a strong point for
the area but in time it will grow stronger with wildlife recovering
from years of unsettlement, the return of local traditions with the
help of independence this country is definitely one of Africa’s


1. World Travel Guide 24th Edition

2. World Travel Atlas 9th Edition

3. World Wide Destinations 4th Edition

4. Statistics from Tourism Stats Ref. 910.2 (library)

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