updated 5:09 PM MDT, May 26, 2017


Djibouti's Doraleh Port officially opens

DJIBOUTI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The opening ceremony for Doraleh Multi-Purpose Port of the Port of Djibouti was held here Wednesday, with Djibouti's President Ismael Omar Guelleh, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Chinese Ambassador Fu Huaqiang present.
Hu Jianhua, executive vice president of China Merchants Group, said in his remarks: "With the completion of Doraleh Multi-Purpose Port, more cargo will be shipped to neighboring countries from the Port of Djibouti."
China will implement other projects in Djibouti, including building a free trade zone, upgrading old docks and constructing an industrial zone, he said.

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Djibouti:SEACOM second cable repair underway

SEACOM’s repair vessel has arrived at the second marine fault on its cable in the Red Sea.

The fault was identified while it was fixing a separate fault on the cable – off the coast of Djibouti – which caused an outage in April. The second fault is north of the first one.

The planned service-affecting repair was scheduled to take place from 19 to 22 May, and started yesterday as planned.

“Given that the nature of the fault issue is not known until the cable has been retrieved and inspected, SEACOM can only estimate repair timelines,” it said.

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Djibouti studying Saudi Arabia’s success in tourism

JEDDAH- Djibouti is looking at the example set by Saudi Arabia as it looks to bolster its own tourism industry, a minister from the African republic said.
Djibouti’s Minister of Trade and Tourism Hassan Ibrahim praised the efforts of the Kingdom in travel and tourism, speaking during a meeting on Saturday with the President of the Arab Tourism Organization Bandar bin Fahad Al-Fehaid.
Ibrahim said the pioneering development of tourism at the local and regional levels in Saudi Arabia deserves to be emulated.
According to an Oxford Business Group report, Djibouti has an ambitious goal to attract 500,000 visitors a year by 2030. The industry is slated to play a key role in the government’s economic development strategy, Vision 2035, the report said.
Al-Fehaid received the minister and accompanying delegation at the headquarters of the Arab Tourism Organization in Jeddah. He pointed out that Djibouti has a strategic location at the entrance to the Red Sea

Source: Arab News

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Where’s Djibouti? Africa for adventurous travelers

White Beach is a more traditional seaside resort, with a waterfront hotel.

WHEN I received an invitation from Djibouti tourism authorities to visit this Horn of Africa nation, my reaction was probably like that of most people. Where’s Djibouti?

Well, it’s a small, Arab- and French-speaking nation sandwiched between Ethiopia and Somalia, home to about 847,000 people and the only US military base in Africa.

My four-day trip there gave me a brand-new perspective of both the country and the continent. It would rank as an adventure holiday.

For starters

There are no direct flights between China and Djibouti. I had three choices: traveling via Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Istanbul in Turkey or Doha in Qatar.

The flight to Addis Abba, with a connecting flight to Djibouti, took 15 hours. The first thing I had to do upon landing was applying for a visa at the airport. The small visa office staffed by two people was crammed with visa seekers. They were mainly businessmen or workers.

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Lewiston-Auburn residents protest Djibouti president in Kennedy Park

Mako Hussein, in pink, of Lewiston, stomps on a photo of Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Friday afternoon in Kennedy Park. Dozens of people gathered in the park with signs and a bullhorn to protest.
Dozens of people gathered in Kennedy Park in Lewiston Friday afternoon with signs and a bullhorn to protest Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, the treatment of his people and Guelleh's allowing the Chinese to build a new military base in Djibouti.

Abdillahi Bouh, who owns the Djibouti Store & Halal on Lisbon Street, said Lewiston has a roughly 800-900 member Djibouti community.

"Today we're just manifesting," said Omar Youssouf, who's been in the U.S. since 1983. "He's got to go, man. That's why we ask America, we need help."

Fahmi Galab, who also lives in Lewiston, said the new Chinese naval base upsets him.

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