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Mogadishu panorama.
Mogadishu panorama.
Location in Somalia.
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 2°2′59″N 45°15′44″E / 2.04972°N 45.26222°E / 2.04972; 45.26222Coordinates: 2°2′59″N 45°15′44″E / 2.04972°N 45.26222°E / 2.04972; 45.26222
Country  Somalia
Capital Mogadishu
 • Governor Hassan Mohamed Hussein Mungab
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Banaadir (or Banādir, Arabic: بنادر‎) is an administrative region (gobol) in southeastern Somalia.[1]


Banaadir is bordered by the Somali regions of Middle Shebelle (Shabeellaha Dhexe) and Lower Shebelle (Shabeellaha Hoose), as well as the Indian Ocean.

"Banaadir" is derived from the Persian bandar, which means "port" in reference to the coastal cities of Mogadishu and Barawa. The place name reflects the region's medieval position as a key trade center with Persia and the Arabian peninsula. Banaadir is also known for its local breed of goats.[2]

Its capital is Mogadishu, although the administrative region itself is coextensive with the city. Banaadir is much smaller than the historical region of Benadir, which covers most of the country's central and southern seaboard opposite the Indian Ocean and up to the Juba River, including Mogadishu.

Banaadir is the smallest of Somalia's eighteen administrative regions (gobols). Hassan Mohamed Hussein Mungab serves as the current Governor of Banaadir, as well as the Mayor of Mogadishu.


The Banaadir region consists of seventeen districts.[3] Warta Nabada District was previously known as Wardhigley District until it was officially renamed in 2012.[4] Kadha District was formed in 2013 and is still absent from most maps.[5]

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  1. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Njoku, Raphael Chijioke (2013). The History of Somalia. ABC-CLIO. p. 69. ISBN 0313378576. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Districts of Somalia
  4. ^ Somali president renames Mogadishu district to foster peace,, 10 April 2012. Accessed on 25 April 2014.
  5. ^ See: “Somali Voices” Radio Program Connects Families, Fosters Dialogue on Tough Issues, Internews, 27 February 2014. Accessed on 7 October 2015.

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