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Addis Ababa

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Ethiopia’s capital city is Addis Ababa. It was founded in 1886 and is Ethiopia’s biggest city, with a population of 3,384,569 people according to the 2007 population census and a 3.8 percent annual growth rate.

Addis Ababa is both a city and a state since it is a chartered city (ras gez astedader). It is the headquarters of the African Union, as well as its predecessor, the OAU. It also houses the headquarters of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as well as a number of other continental and international institutions. Due to its historical, diplomatic, and political importance for the continent, Addis Ababa is sometimes referred to as “Africa’s political capital.”

The city is inhabited by Ethiopians from various locations, with up to 80 ethnicities speaking 80 languages and adhering to a diverse range of religious groupings.

Addis Ababa – Info Card

POPULATION :  City: 3,384,569   /  Metro:  4,567,857
FOUNDED :   1886
LANGUAGE :  Amharic (72.6%), Oromiffa (10.0%), Gurage (6.54%), Tigrinya (5.41%), Silt’e 2.29%
RELIGION :  Ethiopian Orthodox74.7%, Muslim 16.2%, Protestant 7.77%, Catholic 0.48
AREA :  527 km2 (203 sq mi)
ELEVATION :  2,355 m (7,726 ft)
COORDINATES :  9°1′48″N 38°44′24″E
SEX RATIO :  Male: 48%
 Female: 52%
ETHNIC :  Amhara (47.04%), Oromo (19.51%), Gurage (16.34%), Tigray (6.18%), Others 10.93%
DIALING CODE :  +251 11

Tourism in Addis Ababa

You’ll probably find the stroll from Meskel Square to Sidest Kilo to be pretty fun and informative. The Africa Hall, the palaces, and the Parliament building, the Hilton Hotel, the magnificent architectural adventure that houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Sheraton Hotel, the first modern school (built by Emperor Menelik II in the 1880s), the Trinity Orthodox cathedral, the National Museum, and the Addis Ababa University are all worth seeing (which hosts a former palace and museum).

Climate of Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa’s climate is subtropical highland.

Depending on height and prevailing wind patterns, the city features a complex mix of highland climatic zones, with temperature changes of up to 10 °C (18 °F).

From mid-November through the beginning of January, there is a chance of rain.

Dry winters are characteristic of highland climatic locations, and this is the dry season in Addis Ababa. Daily maximum temperatures are seldom higher than 23 °C (73 °F) throughout this season, while nighttime minimum temperatures might be below freezing.

From February through May, there is a brief rainy season. The gap between daytime maximum temperatures and nighttime minimum temperatures is not as considerable at this time of year as it is during other seasons of the year, with minimum temperatures in the 10–15 °C (50–59 °F) range.

The lengthy wet season lasts from June to mid-September, and it is the country’s main winter season. Due to the frequent rain and hail, as well as the quantity of cloud cover and fewer hours of sunlight, the temperatures are substantially lower than during other times of the year. The days and nights at this time of year are gloomy, cold, and rainy. The fall season that follows serves as a transition between the rainy and dry seasons.

Geography of Addis Ababa

The city is located at the foot of Mount Entoto and is part of the Awash River’s watershed. The city climbs from its lowest point in the southern perimeter, at Bole International Airport, at 2,326 meters (7,631 feet) above sea level, to almost 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) in the Entoto Mountains to the north.

Economy of Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa’s economic activity are diversified. According to federal government statistics, the city employs 119,197 people in trade and commerce, 113,977 in manufacturing and industry, 80,391 different types of homemakers, 71,186 in civil administration, 50,538 in transportation and communication, 42,514 in education, health and social services, 32,685 in hotel and catering services, and 16,602 in agriculture.

Pickpocketing, frauds, and light burglary are the most typical crimes in this reasonably clean and secure city.

The city has lately seen a development boom, with huge structures sprouting up all over the place. Various high-end services have also become accessible, and shopping mall building has lately surged. Spa specialists in the region have dubbed the place “the spa capital of Africa,” according to Tia Goldenberg of IOL.

Ethiopia’s love of football has brought in a new source of revenue. Arsenal F.C. and the nation’s Dashen Brewery have inked a three-year partnership, with the brewery becoming Arsenal’s beer sponsor in the country beginning in 2015. The English club recognizes their large fan following in the nation and sees the agreement with Dashen as an opportunity to reach out to them and implement some football development initiatives in the country. On September 25, 2015, the agreement was announced.

Internet, Comunication in Addis Ababa

There are several internet cafés in Addis Ababa, particularly in Bole Subcity. Although some people still use dial-up, broadband is becoming increasingly mainstream. The majority of high-end hotels provide internet connections (ethernet or Wi-Fi) that are quite fast and often complimentary for hotel guests.

The insecure international high-speed connection is a common concern with the Internet in Ethiopia. Even broadband cafés can only provide dial-up speeds if your Internet connection is down. 128Kb is the local definition of high-speed broadband! Another issue is the lack of power, which forces daytime blackouts of whole neighborhoods 1–2 days a week, so it’s a good idea to prepare ahead of time where you’ll get your internet fix.

Ethiopia’s international dialing code is 251.

Ethiopia utilizes the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation’s GSM network. Large cities including as Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Bahir Dar, Debre Markos, Dese, Gonder, Harar, Mekele, and Nekemete have good coverage. It is spreading to most small towns.

The cost of roaming is exorbitant. For a brief stay, renting a SIM card with a phone is the best choice for mobile connection. Only a few places rent SIM cards: you may hire a SIM card and phone at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, although it’s rather pricey. Renting a SIM card and a phone from a local business is another alternative.

How To Travel To Addis Ababa

BY PLAIN Bole International Airport, the busiest in East Africa and the hub of Ethiopian Airlines, is served by several international airlines with daily flights to Europe, the United States, Asia, and many African cities such as Accra, Bamako, Brazzaville, Cairo, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Khartoum, Harare, Johannesburg, and...

How To Get Around In Addis Ababa

Few streets have names, and even when they do, they may not be labeled accurately on a map; instead, utilize landmarks to help you navigate the city. Blue and white minibuses The blue and white minibuses/taxis are quite efficient in getting about town. Because they are frequently packed, it is also...

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Addis Ababa

The city is split into ten boroughs, which are known as subcities: 1 Addis Ketema2 Akaky Kaliti3 Arada4 Bole5 Gullele6 Kirkos7 Kolfe Keranio8 Lideta9 Nifas Silk-Lafto10 Yeka

Prices In Addis Ababa

Tourist (Backpacker) - 41 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:meals in cheap restaurant, public transport, cheap hotel. Tourist (regular) - 131 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:mid-range meals and drinks,transportation, hotel. MARKET / SUPERMARKET Milk1 liter$ 1.50Tomatoes1 kg$ 0.80 Cheese0.5 kg$ 7.00Apples1 kg$ 4.15Oranges1...

Sights & Landmarks In Addis Ababa

If you stroll from Meskel Square to Sidest Kilo, you will most likely find it fun and engaging. You'll see the Africa Hall, the palaces and the Parliament building, the Hilton Hotel, the marvelous architectural adventure of a building housing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Sheraton Hotel, the...

Museums & Galleries In Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa Museum, Bole Rd / Airport Rd / Africa Ave (near Meskel Square). Tu-F 08:30-12:30, 13:30-17:30; Sa 08:30-11:30.Contains artifacts and displays from Addis Ababa. Ras Biru Habte-Gabriel, a former Minister of War, used to live at the palace.Ethiopian Railway Museum.Ethnological Museum, Algeria St. M-F 08:00-17:00; Sa-Su 09:00-17:00. This intriguing museum, also known as the...

Shopping In Addis Ababa

Mercato. The mercato (Italian meaning market, since the main covered market still in use originates from the colonial government of the late 1930s) is the world's biggest outdoor market, and it sells everything from tourist items (t-shirts, wood crafts, etc.) to cloth to metal goods. Haggling and negotiating are...

Food & Restaurants In Addis Ababa

Food is relatively inexpensive. Make sure you try the national dish injera at least once, since there is nothing else like it. It's a yeast-risen flatbread with a distinctive, somewhat spongy feel. Teff flour is usually used to make it. Injera is made by combining teff flour with water...

Nightlife In Addis Ababa

Affoy. The upstairs, which houses the bar and hookah, is a bit run-down, but the pizzas are delicious.Black Rose, Boston Bldg, Bole Rd (above the Boston Day Spa). The lively ambiance is dark yet cozy and trendy, and the bar provides a wide range of beverages. Every Thursday night, there is a...

Stay Safe & Healthy In Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is safer than other African cities. Gang violence and other dangerous actions are uncommon. Pick-pockets and con-artists may be encountered at and near Bole Airport, Mercato, Piazza, and other localities. Keep your things near by and be aware of your surroundings. In contrast to other African towns, police...



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