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Djibouti (جيبوتي) is the capital city of Djibouti and has a population of around 400,000.
The city was founded in 1888 and was designated the capital of French Somaliland three years later. The city has some beaches along its eastern shore.
Ambouli Airport (JIB) serves the city, and there are regular flights by Air France (to Paris-CDG), Ethiopian Airways (Addis Abeba) and Kenya Airways (Nairobi via Addis Abeba) flights.
There is a frequent service connecting the city with Addis Ababa - a journey of more than 700km, taking around 24 hours, with a stopover about halfway, in Dire Dawa. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Get around by Green TaxiCabs. Some people will tell you to avoid the taxi's with the drivers chewing Khat. Khat is not a narcotic, but a stimulant (more mild than Meth, or Coke). It gives the local Djiboutians and Somalis something called Merran (the Somali word for 'energy').
Taxis range from 500fr to any amount, depending on how far you go.
Again, negotiate and you may get a lower price, but there are better things to do than to argue over 500fr (3 American dollars).
French and Somalian influences make up some of the food in Djibouti.
All cab rides are different (none is the same). Make sure you go with someone who knows the city; otherwise, you will pay way more than needed.