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The Geography of Travel and Tourism - Summative Assignment Djibouti Djibouti is a late 19th century city with a distinctly Arabic feel. It boarders the Gulf of Aden

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The Geography of Travel and Tourism - Summative Assignment Djibouti Djibouti is a late 19th century city with a distinctly Arabic feel. It boarders the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea between Eritrea and Somalia with a total area coverage of 23,000 sq km. Attractions include the lively central market (Le Marche Central) which is located near the Mosque, and many local bars and restaurants, also worth seeing is the tropical aquarium which has exhibits from the red sea and is open daily. Djibouti lies within a geological feature known as the Afar Triangle, which is one of the hottest and most desolate places on Earth. Its part of the Great Rift Valley system and it is a wedge of flat dessert pushing into the Ethiopian Massif. The country has one of the lowest points on the planet, Lake Assal which is 60 miles to the South West of Djibouti City and sits at 570ft below sea level. The country's official languages are Arabic and French although English is spoken by hoteliers, taxi drivers and traders. The governments prime minister is Mohamed Dileita he has been in power since 2001 and was chosen by the people of Djibouti. ...read more.

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Geology and wildlife explorers visit Lake Abbe where you can always see a gathering of flamingos and pelicans and the location of natural steaming chimneys. One of the main events in Djibouti's calendar is it independence day which falls on the 27th of June and was established in 1977, the country was originally governed by France and was named French Somaliland but was then changed to French territory of the Afars and the Issas in 1967, the country has always been at war with its self either religion or Afar rebels being the main cause. The last civil war which was led by the Afar rebels in the early 1990's was stopped by a peace accord in 1994. The East African trade & travel handbook states that the indigenous population of Djibouti is evenly divided between the Issa who are of Somali origin and mainly occupy the south part of the country and the Afar who live in the north of the country, both groups are Muslim Cushitic speaking and are of a Nomadic culture with close cultural affinities despite frequent rivalry. Djibouti's infrastructure isn't as intact as you would find in other surrounding country's, its rail and road systems link up with other boarding country's but has little funding each year to improve its ability and ...read more.

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Once both parties had agreed for peace there has been a steady incline in the number of visitors each year, and as long as peace exists hopefully the number of people will continue to rise brining in more prosperity to the country. Djibouti is a African country but with a French/Arabic twist, it has some beautiful coast lines which link up with the warm Mediterranean waters and its lake and river systems connect with one of the longest rivers in the world and although the country has and is still going through turmoil it is still an exciting place to visit, if for only its links with the red sea or its river system which has some of the most beautiful species of fish in the world. Djibouti has come on along way over the last one hundred years, not only has the people of Djibouti gained independence from France and created their own government but they have also managed to create peace with them selves after years of civil war. Tourism has never been a strong point for the area but in time it will grow stronger with wildlife recovering from years of unsettlement, the return of local traditions with the help of independence this country is definitely one of Africa's secrets. ...read more.

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