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A commercial and industrial city in the Harar region of Ethiopia, Dire Dawa was founded in 1902 and rapidly developed into a booming trade center

Even though the city has seen a lot of industrialization, much of its cultural heritage has been preserved. From internationally acclaimed pre-historic cave paintings to colonial buildings and neat squares, Dire Dawa has a lot to offer to its visitors.

The city of Dire Dawa has quite a few Masaajid. The Italian Masjid is one of the biggest Masaajid in the city. The Masjid is called as the Italian Masjid because it was built by the Italians during their short-term occupation of Ethiopia.

Dire Dawa has a wealth of pre-historic paintings. These paintings can be seen about 32Km away from the city. The railway station of Dire Dawa offers a 19th century feel. The railway station was built in 1902 and is considered as one of the reasons behind the establishment of Dire Dawa as a city. The station attracts a number of travelers.

The huge Kefira Market is the right place to see a traditional market and the local trading. The entire place is filled with people dressed in colorful attire, camels and donkeys. There are a number of souvenir shops in the city where you can find wonderful items. Buy some great smelling coffee while in the city.

Finding halal food in Dire Dawa is easy. Ask around with the locals about halal restaurants and they will be more than happy to guide you on where to find delicious food. Whether you are looking for traditional local food or international delicacies you can find it in the city.

Dire Dawa is located on the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railroad. Minibuses run abundantly in the city and are an inexpensive means of traveling around. You can also find a number of small blue taxis that can be hailed down on the streets. These small taxis can be hired for the duration of your stay in the city.

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Ethiopia Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Addis Ababa

GEOGRAPHY

Ethiopia is a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Somalia, Eritrea,Kenya and Sudan. Ethiopia has a total land area of 1,100,000 km2.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 82 Million. Muslims account for about 40% of the population.

CLIMATE

Most of the country have a climate which is generally cool. The daily maximum temperatures ranges between 20 °C and 25 °C throughout the year. From June to September is a rainy season.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Amharic is the official language. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT +3 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 8.:30 AM to 5:30 PM

HOLIDAYS

National Day: May 28th
Victory of Adowa: March 2nd
May Day: May 1st
Ethiopian Christmas Day: January 7th

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Milad-un-Nabi

CURRENCY

Ethiopian Birr

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 91
Medical: 92
Fire: 93

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