Djibouti Guide

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Djibouti Guide


Djibouti Palace Kempinski is located in Djibouti City, the capital of the Republic of Djibouti, in the heart of the Horn of Africa at the crossroads of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Djibouti, which shares common borders with Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, has a strategic location at the crossroads of one of the most frequented maritime routes in the world, with over 370km of coastline.

The Republic of Djibouti has a warm semi-arid climate, with two distinct seasons: the fresh season from October to March with an average temperature of 25 °C and a warm season from April to September with an average temperature of 35°C. Rainfall is irregular and very rare.

The official languages are Arabic and French, but the practice of English is common.

The local currency is the Djiboutian Franc, the rate of which is modeled on the US dollar.
1 USD = 177 DJF
International credit cards are allowed.

Freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution but Islam is the official religion of the country. This implies respect for local customs in terms of behavior (clothing, alcohol consumption, etc.).

Prefix to call from abroad to Djibouti: +253
Calling code from Djibouti abroad: 00 + country code prefix + correspondent no.
Useful numbers:
Police: 17
Firemen: 18
Central Commissariat: +253 21 353891
Gendarmerie: +253 21 351003

• 1 January: New Year
• May 1: Labor Day
• 27-28 June: Independence Day
Muslim festivals are calculated according to the lunar calendar, so their dates varies from year to year.
• Eid al-Fitr: the end of Ramadan
• Eid al-Adha: Feast of the Sacrifice
• The 1st Muharam: Muslim New Year
• The Mouloud: birth of the prophet
• Al-Isra Wl Miraj: The Prophet's Ascension

Djiboutian cuisine is a clever mixture of Somali, Afar, Yemeni, Ethiopian and French culture. Meat and fish are found in the majority of dishes, accompanied by pasta and rice with spicy sauces.

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