Top Ten Djibouti Attractions

Top Ten Djibouti Attractions

       Djibouti is a country in the Horn of Africa bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Djibouti, which had a population of 818,159 (2009), is one of the least populous countries in Africa. The predominant religion in Djibouti is Islam, with a 94% majority, with the remaining 6% practicing Christianity. The land was known as Obock in the 19th century and in 1967 changed its name to the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas after treaties with France. The territory was declared an independent nation in 1977, and changed its name to the Republic of Djibouti. Djibouti joined the United Nations on September 20, 1977. While Djibouti is an independent sovereign state, it maintains deep French relations, and through various military and economic agreements with France, it receives continued security and economic assistance.

  1. Djibouti City

    The City of Djibouti is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Djibouti, a nation in the Horn of Africa. It lies on a peninsula that divides the Gulf of Aden from the Gulf of Tadjoura.
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  2. Lake Assal

    Lake Assal is a crater lake in central-eastern Djibouti. It is located at the western end of Gulf of Tadjoura in the Tadjoura Region, touching Dikhil Region, at the top of the Great Rift Valley, some 120 km (75 mi) west of Djibouti city. Lake Assal is a saline lake which lies 155 m (509 ft) below sea level in the Afar Triangle, making it the lowest point on land in Africa and the 3rd lowest land depression on Earth after the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. There is no outflow from the lake and, due to high evaporation, the salinity level of its waters is ten times that of the sea, making it one of the most saline in the world. Lake Assal is the world’s largest salt reserve, which is presently exploited under four concessions awarded in 2002 at the southeast end of the lake; the major share of production (nearly 80%) is held by Société d’Exploitation du Lac and Société d’Exploitation du Salt Investment S.A de Djibouti. The lake, considered a “national treasure,” is a protected by the National Environmental Action Plan, however, the law does not define the boundary limits of the lake. Since the exploitation of the salt from the lake was uncontrolled, the Plan has emphasized the need for managing the exploitation to avoid negative impact on the lake environment.
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