Tourism in Djibouti

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The foreign tourist days in Djibouti, 2013

Tourist in Djibouti is one of the growing economic sectors of the country and is an industry that generates 40,000 and 53,000 arrivals per year, with its favorable beaches and climate and also include islands and beaches in the Gulf of Tadjoura and the Bab al-Mandab.[1] The majority of tourists come to Djibouti from Europe. Other visitors come from North America and Asia.[1]


The town of Ali Sabieh, with the Red Mountains in the distance

At Goubbet al Kharab, near the western end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, there are steep cliffs and a bay that was turned dark green by black lava. A number of active volcanoes are located inland from here. Another popular tourist attraction is the Day Forest National Park for conserving rare trees on Mount Goda. Near the town of Ali Sabieh are famously red mountains and a national park full of many gazelles.[1]

The coastal plains, mountain ranges, and volcanic plateaus of the country make a picturesque sight. Some popular local attractions include the Presidential Palace, the Central Market, Maskali Islands, Moucha Island, Lake Abbe and Lake Assal. The coastlines of Djibouti harbor many stretches of beaches that are frequented by sun bathers and other visitors.

The Aquarium Tropical de Djibouti is also worth paying a visit while on a tour to Djibouti. It is supposed to be a haven for the marine treasures of the Red Sea. Djibouti's beaches are another major attraction due to their exotic location. The vast expanse of the sandy beaches along the sea coast is a popular holiday destination for families. The best time to visit Djibouti is any time between November - mid-April, as at this time the weather is quite pleasant and is perfect for a leisure trip.

However, the future of the tourism industry Djibouti considered by experts as very promising. Djibouti government, realizing the great potential of development of national tourism, takes a variety of measures for this - for example, the maximum mode facilitating foreign investment in tourism infrastructure. Priority is given to the construction of hotels and the construction of roads that meet the latest international standards.


The tourist industry in Djibouti is regulated by the Ministry of Commerce and Tourism.[2]

According to the UNWTO, the annual number of tourists visiting the country is uncertain. However, international tourism locally generated $21 million USD in revenue in 2012.[3]


Djibouti has a number of local attractions, consisting of historical sites, beaches, mountain ranges.

Historical sites[edit]

  • Tadjoura – Korijib is one of the oldest mosques in the Horn of Africa.
  • Djibouti City – The Grand Mosque of Hamoudi.
  • Loyada – Beach and palm grove, with the tombs of important historical leaders in the region.


The Khor Ambado beachside.
  • Siesta Beach – Djibouti City
  • Red Sea Beach – Near Obock
  • Khor Ambado – Near Djibouti City
  • Le Sable Blanc – Tadjoura
  • Doraleh Beach – Near Djibouti City
  • Heron Beach – Djibouti City

Mountain ranges[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Djibouti: Tourism, travel, and recreation". Nations Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ "National Directorate of Statistics, Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (Djibouti)". GHDx. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2014 Edition". UNWTO. Retrieved 24 December 2014.