Djibouti City

Djibouti City

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Djibouti is the capital city and largest city of the Republic of Djibouti. It is located in the coastal Djibouti Region on the Gulf of Tadjoura.

History of the City

Djibouti city is strategically positioned near the world’s busiest shipping lanes and acts as a refueling and transshipment center. The Port of Djibouti is the principal maritime port for imports to and exports from neighboring Ethiopia.

From 1862 until 1894, the land to the north of the Gulf of Tadjoura was called “Obock”. It was ruled by Somali and Afar Sultans local authorities with whom France signed various treaties between 1883 and 1887 to first gain a foothold in the region.

Djibouti city had about 22,046 residents. By 1940 there were 26,987 residents and by 1950 the population has grown to 34,564. It then became the headquarters of the succeeding French Territory of the Afars and Issas.

Since independence in 1977, the city has served as the administrative and commercial capital of the Republic of Djibouti.


Djibouti City covers an area of 630 km2 with an estimated population of over 623,891 people.

Transport system

Djibouti City is a major transportation hub served by a comprehensive public transport network. Roads leading out of the city connect it to other national localities and to Somalia and Ethiopia, air transport withDjibouti-Ambouli International Airport, sea with Port of DjiboutiandEthio-Djibouti Railways.

Attractions in Djibouti City

The following are major tourist attractions of Djibouti City

  • Dolphin Excursions Djibouti
  • Place Menelik
  • Hamoudi Mosque
  • Grande Pecherie
  • Djibouti Kitesurf

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