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Djibouti: Djibouti City


Djibouti City is the capital and largest city of Republic of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Two thirds of the country's population live in the town. The city is situated on the coast, on the Gulf of Tadjoura right across from Yemen.
Local features include beaches along its eastern shore and the large Central Market, the national stadium Stade du Ville, the Presidential Palace and Hamoudi Mosque. On account of its numerous exotic buildings and structures, the city has been likened to a European settlement and described as a "French Hong Kong in the Red Sea".
Djibouti has the status of both a city and a state. It is also the seat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as well as several other continental and international organizations.

Djibouti is a multi-ethnic city. It has a population of around 604,013 residents, making it the largest city in the country.
Although all ethnic groups are represented in the capital. The main languages are Somali and Afar. Arabic and French are also widely spoken and understood. In the colonial period, European expatriates, primarily French, would also contribute to the city's population. Most local residents are Muslim adherents, with a minority Christian representation.

The Djibouti Region is one of the six regions of Djibouti. The region borders the Gulf of Tadjoura to the north and east, and the Arta Region to the south and west. The Djibouti Region is the smallest province in the country, but also the region with the highest population. It contains Djibouti's capital, Djibouti City.

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