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Nomadic pedestrians in Gabiley.
Nomadic pedestrians in Gabiley.
Gabiley is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 10°10′53″N 45°33′46″E / 10.18139°N 45.56278°E / 10.18139; 45.56278Coordinates: 10°10′53″N 45°33′46″E / 10.18139°N 45.56278°E / 10.18139; 45.56278


Region Woqooyi Galbeed
 • Mayor Khadra Haji Ismail Geid
 • Total 7,800
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Gabiley (Somali: Gabileh, Arabic: غابيلي‎), also known as Gebiley, is a town in the northwestern Woqooyi Galbeed province of Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.


Gabiley is located 54 km west of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. The center of the Gabiley sub-region, it is bounded on the north by the Gulf of Aden, on the west by the Awdal region, on the east by Hargeisa, and on the south by the Somali Region of Ethiopia.


Gabiley is one of the oldest towns in northern Somalia after Zeila, Berbera and Amud. Some stones left behind in the area were believed to have been earmarked for the construction of pyramids.


Gabiley has a population of around 7,800 inhabitants.[1] The broader Gabiley District has a total population of 79,564 residents.[2]

Gabiley is mainly inhabited by people from the Somali ethnic group, with the Saa'd Muuse and Jibril Abokor of the Habar Awal sub clan of the Isaaq well-represented.[3]


Primary education is available throughout the district. The latter includes the smaller communities, which have their own primary schools. For post-secondary education, Timacade University was opened in 2009 to serve the needs of the town's students.


Gabiley has one operating general hospital. Opened in 2010, it provides medical services to the larger region.

Between May 2011 and March 2012, the municipal government was led by Mayor Khadra Haji Ismail Geid.[4] She presently serves as Vice Mayor.


Gabiley is noted for its agricultural and farming industry, and is where most of the region's crops are produced. Crops grown in the area include corn, maize, wheat and barley, beans, peas and groundnuts, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salad and cabbages, oranges, watermelon and papaya.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Somalia City & Town Population. Retrieved on 2011-12-15.
  2. ^ "Regions, districts, and their populations: Somalia 2005 (draft)" (PDF). UNDP. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Somalia: Information on the ethnic composition in Gabiley (Gebiley) in 1987–1988, 1 April 1996, SOM23518.E [accessed 6 October 2009]
  4. ^ "Khadra Gaydh: The first" Madam Mayor" in Somaliland". Hiiraan Online. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 


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