Obock Region

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Obock Region
Skyline of Obock Region
Djibouti - Obock.svg
Coordinates: 11°58′N 43°18′E / 11.967°N 43.300°E / 11.967; 43.300Coordinates: 11°58′N 43°18′E / 11.967°N 43.300°E / 11.967; 43.300
Country  Djibouti
Capital Obock
 • Total 4,700 km2 (1,800 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 37,856
 • Density 8.1/km2 (21/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code DJ-OB

The Obock Region (Somali: Gobolka Obock, Afar: Obock Rakaakay) is a region in northern Djibouti. It has a land area of 4,700 square kilometres (1,800 sq mi), and had a population of 37,856 in 2009.[1]


In the mid-19th century and earlier, Obock was ruled by Somali and Afar Sultans, local authorities with whom France signed various treaties between 1883 and 1887 to first gain a foothold in the region.[2][3][4] The French developed Obock as a colonial port, while the Italians maintained a port to the north of Obock at Assab.[5]

Obock region became a separate administrative entity in 1927, with Michel Azenor appointed as chief.[6]


The region covers an area of 4,700 square kilometres (1,800 sq mi).[1] It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, the Tadjourah Region to the southwest, and the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden to the east.[7] There are several salt-lakes on the road to Tadjoura.[8]

The regional capital is Obock, which is positioned on the Gulf of Tadjourah littoral.[7] The city has a functional airstrip and offers regular ferry services to Djibouti City.[9] Other notable towns include Daddato, Khor Angar, Andali, Bissidiro, Moulhoule, Alaili Dadda`, Waddi, Lahassa, Egahlou and Ribta.[7]


  1. ^ a b Britannica Book of the Year 2012. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. 1 March 2012. p. 586. ISBN 978-1-61535-618-8. 
  2. ^ Raph Uwechue, Africa year book and who's who, (Africa Journal Ltd.: 1977), p.209.
  3. ^ Hugh Chisholm (ed.), The encyclopædia britannica: a dictionary of arts, sciences, literature and general information, Volume 25, (At the University press: 1911), p.383.
  4. ^ A Political Chronology of Africa, (Taylor & Francis), p.132.
  5. ^ Ash, John; Atkins, John (30 June 2010). Birds of Ethiopia and Eritrea: An Atlas of Distribution. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-4081-3308-8. 
  6. ^ Simon, Imbert-Vier (20 April 2011). Tracer des frontières à Djibouti, des territoires et des hommes au XIXe et XXe siècles (in French). KARTHALA Editions. p. 137. ISBN 978-2-8111-3361-0. 
  7. ^ a b c Google (6 November 2016). "Obock Region" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Rimbaud, Arthur (18 December 2007). I Promise to Be Good: The Letters of Arthur Rimbaud. Random House Publishing Group. p. 252. ISBN 978-0-307-43125-7. 
  9. ^ Carillet, Jean-Bernard; Bewer, Tim (1 May 2013). Lonely Planet Ethiopia, Djibouti & Somaliland. Lonely Planet. p. 487. ISBN 978-1-74321-647-7.