Harar is an ancient city in eastern Ethiopia. Harar (sometimes spelled Harrar or Harer) is has a population of about 75,000.
For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial center, linked by the trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the entire Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and, through its ports, the outside world. One of the major attractions of Harar is a mansion once housed the French's renowned poet Arthur Rimbaud. The mansion is now converted to a museum.
Harar Jugol has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006 in recognition of its cultural heritage. It is considered the fourth holiest city of Islam with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.
The blue and white minibuses and rental vehicles are available.
There are very few mid range accomedations. However, Dire-Dawa has a better selection of hotels and restaurants.