Bosaso (Somali: Boosaaso, Arabic: بوصاصو', formerly known as Bandar Qasim) is the third most populous city in Somalia, and the most populous city in the state of Puntland. Bosaso's current population is estimated at about 700,000 residents, and it is the seat of Bosaso District in the Bari Administrative Region. First settled in the 14th century, it is among the oldest cities in Somalia. It currently serves as the nation’s main seaport.
The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, banking, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology, the area's many colleges and universities make Bosaso a regional center of higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be country's leader entrepreneurship.