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Established in the year 1520 by Sultan Abu Beker Mohammed, the city of Harar is located in Eastern Ethiopia right between the Somalia desert and the flourishing central highlands
For the past several centuries, Harar has been at the cross roads of several cultures. The people of Harar are friendly and quite hospitable.

Harar is considered as a Holy City by the Muslim community in Ethiopia. The city is home to over 99 Masaajid. The main Masjid is the Jamia Masjid, located South of the central square. The Masjid was built in the 16th century but legend says that the Masjid existed in the site since the 12th century. The Islamic architecture in the Masjid is worth appreciating.

The main attraction of Harar is the old walled town. The area spreads around the Feres Magala square, housing 99 Masaajid and several shrines. Hire a local guide who can take you through the narrow alleys of the old town and give you a better view of the city. While walking around the old town area, pay attention to the beautiful architecture and interesting art work especially at the Ras Makonnen's palace. Pay a visit to the beautiful mansion of the renowned French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. The mansion today houses a museum. Harar is also famous for its tradition of feeding hyenas from the surrounding hills. The men gather outside the city to summon the hyenas and feed them once every year after nightfall.

The markets of Harar are excellent for buying colorful souvenirs and handicrafts. Visitors can commonly see women weaving colorful baskets and mementos. Visit the Muslim Market in the city that has attractive white buildings. The shops around the Medhane Alem Church in the town center have a wonderful art collection that visitors can buy.

Harar has a plethora of halal restaurants where you can find delicious food. A number of these restaurants serve authentic Arabic cuisine. Ask the locals about the halal restaurants in the area.

Harar offers good connectivity with white and blue minibuses. Visitors can also find rental vehicles easily in the city.

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Ethiopia Info



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.


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


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.


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


GMT +3 hrs throughout the year


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


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):


Ethiopian Birr


Police/ Emergencies: 91
Medical: 92
Fire: 93

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