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.