Dar es Salaam City which is located along the coast of Indian Ocean is the commercial centre of Tanzania. It is linked to the interior of the country and other urban centres along the coast by both road and train network.
Dar es Salaam continued to serve as its capital, even when in 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania. In 1973, however, provisions were made to relocate the capital to Dodoma a more centrally located city in Tanzania’s interior. The relocation process has not yet been completed and Dar es Salaam remains Tanzania’s primary city.
The following are the mayors of Dar es Salaam since 1924 to present;
1924–1964 Amir Abedi
1959 and 1960 Manilal Mathuradas Devani
1952 and 1956 Abdulkarim Karimjee
2000–2005 Kleist Sykes
2006–2010 Adam Kimbisa
2010–present Didas Massaburi
Dar es Salaam is the largest city and had a population of 3 million people in 2011. The metro population is expected to reach 5.12 million by 2020
The Tazara Railway and road network connect Dar es Salaam to the neighbouring country of Zambia and the interior of the country. Dala dalas are used by the majority of the population of Dar es Salaam.