Djibouti is part of the African continent bounded to the northeast and east by the Red Sea, the southeast by Somalia and the south, west and north by Ethiopia. The country is a barren strip of land around the Gulf of Tadjoura, varying in width from 20km to 90 km, with a coastline of 800 km, much of it white sandy beaches. The climate is torrid, desert and dry.
702,000 (UN, 2003)
23,201 sq km
Somali:60.0%, Afar:35.0%, French, Arab, Ethiopian and Italian:5.0%
The official languages are French and Arabic. Afar and Somali are spoken locally. English
Ali Sabih, Tajurah
Djibouti Franc (DFr) = 100 centimes , US Dollar (USD) = 170.180 Djibouti Franc (DJF)
The first phase of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Djibouti’s first five-star hotel, opens this month with 177 rooms and suites.
There will be four a la carte restaurants, including a unique pan-African offering at the Lake Assal Restaurant, landscaped gardens and full beach facilities, a spa, and lobby lounge, and wireless internet throughout the hotel.
When complete, the hotel will have up to 300 rooms, fitness and entertainment centres and a nightclub. Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a small country in eastern Africa, located in the Horn of Africa.