Djibouti (/dʒɪˈbuːti/ji-BOO-tee; Arabic:جيبوتيJībūtī, French:Djibouti, Somali:Jabuuti, Afar:Gabuuti), officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somaliland in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. Djibouti occupies a total area of just 23,200km2 (8,958sqmi).
Home to around 620,000 inhabitants, the city contains over 70% of the nation's population. The settlement was founded in 1888 by the French, on land leased from the ruling Somali and Afar Sultans. During the ensuing period, it served as the capital of French Somaliland and its successor the French Territory of the Afars and Issas.
Known as the Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura due to its location, Djibouti city is strategically positioned near the world's busiest shipping lanes and acts as a refueling and transshipment center. The Port of Djibouti is the principal maritime port for imports to and exports from neighboring Ethiopia. Additionally, the city hosts a number of foreign embassies, and is the headquarters of many international organizations, non-profit organizations and companies. Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport is the main domestic airport, connecting the capital to various major global destinations.
Iran announced on Friday the restoration of diplomatic ties with Djibouti more than seven years after it joined other regional nations in severing ties with Tehran in support of Saudi Arabia... Djibouti, a strategic Gulf of Aden port, sits on one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and hosts military bases from China, France and the United States.
While the government is tight-lipped about these two most significant developments, HT learns that the facility in Duqm port in Oman has already been operationalised to maintain, repair and overhaul Indian ships as well as provide berthing, fuel and rest facilities to Indian Navy ships in the vicinity and travelling beyond.
The Djibouti pier has the ability to receive Chinese blue-water ships, and these similarities suggest that Ream could support such vessels too ... “But, less than a year later, the PLA deployed ships from its South Sea Fleet to officially open its base in Djibouti, after which the PLA conducted six weeks of live-fire exercises,” he said.
For 30 years, the ship was a critical piece of infrastructure in Yemen’s booming oil industry, which at one time generated of government revenue. But the civil war broke out in 2014, and most of the Safer’s crew were forced to abandon ship, leaving behind its cargo ... passing ships.
Djibouti and Somalia rely exclusively on imports to meet their domestic wheat demand, it said ... Since July 2022, almost 876,000 metric tons (MT) of food were shipped to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan thanks to the Black Sea Grain Initiative, of which more than 343,000 MT of wheat were shipped by the WFP, it said.
The shipyard’s repair and maintenance capability is expected to attract more ships to Djibouti, further cementing its position as a regional trade and logistics hub ... Djibouti Ports and FreeZonesAuthority said that Djibouti ShipRepairYard ambitious project follows the ‘Vision 2035’goal and aims to create up to 3,000 jobs.
Ten days ago, the crew of a ship called the Nautica lifted anchor in Djibouti and motored north in the Red Sea... It was to be decommissioned in 2000, according to Ian Ralby, a maritime-security consultant with IR Consilium who has done extensive research on the ship ... Such ships also have the integrity of their hulls regularly checked.