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Somaliland :Trip Report

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I Just got back from a few days in Somaliland. Felt completely safe. On the ground people are saying that the travel warning from the UK was political and the Somaliland govt is negotiating to have it removed some time soon. Regardless, I never felt any threat. Was scheduled to fly from Djibouti to Berbera on Daallo but flight cancelled […]

Somalia

Seafood restaurants thrive in Mogadishu

A cook at Lido Seafood Restaurant prepares fresh fish and lobsters. [Majid Ahmed/Sabahi]

A cook at Lido Seafood Restaurant prepares fresh fish and lobsters. [Majid Ahmed/Sabahi] As security conditions improve in Mogadishu, Somali businessmen and returning expatriates have opened modern restaurants offering lobster and various kinds of fresh fish at the Lido and Jazira beaches. “There are a limitless number of restaurants in Mogadishu, but we came up […]

Africa

At last, Somalia is rising again

Somalis reopen ex-Guled Hotel, now Royal Garden hotel

Somali investors reopen Royal Garden Hotel, the ex-Guled Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. WASHINGTON — Somalia, a country whose name became a synonym for a failed state two decades ago is once again becoming a governed state, thanks go to the continental initiative spearheaded by the African Union (AU), largely financed by the United Nations and […]

Somaliland

Somaliland: No fuss. No Haggling.

Go visit Somaliland if you get the opportunity

BY BRYN KARCHA Somaliland is far from the first nation I’ve traveled to. What struck me most, more than the pyramids of Egypt, the beaches of Cuba, the cathedrals of Europe or the Fjords of Norway was the most important wonder of any nation; it’s people. I crossed the border from Ethiopia suffering from a […]

Africa

Somalia: does tourism stand a chance in Mogadishu?

At the main entrance to the pure white sands of Lido Beach, the city’s most popular stretch of coast, we are met with a beach scene that is no different from many in Europe (ALAMY photo)

“At the main entrance to the pure white sands of Lido Beach, the city’s most popular stretch of coast, we are met with a beach scene that is no different from many in Europe” Photo: ALAMY Mo Farah’s birthplace remains on the Foreign Office’s no-go list, but tourists are starting to visit, finds Jessica Hatcher. […]

World

Anonymous hackers cripple Australian websites over proposed laws

Members of Anonymous wear the traditional facemasks associated with the group. Source: AFP

Members of Anonymous wear the traditional facemasks associated with the group. Source: AFP SYDNEY — A GROUP of hackers has launched a string of politically-motivated cyber attacks targeting Australian government web sites. It’s understood that Defence Signals Directorate is investigating the incidents but the department’s media unit was unable to confirm that just after midday […]

Africa

Luxury dining on Mogadishu beachfront signals continued evolution toward peace

Jama has recently opened two western-style restaurants in two hotels he owns, one on the beachfront, and the other in the downtown of the capital (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

MOGADISHU — Beachfront dining, fresh lobster, and a European clientele: Somalia’s restaurant scene is quickly changing for the better. Somali businessman Ahmed Jama recently returned to Somalia from London to open two Western-style restaurants in two hotels he owns, one on the beachfront and the other downtown Mogadishu. His beachfront property boasts stylish beach beds […]

Somaliland

Turkey plans Somaliland flight to tighten ties

HARGEISA — A Turkish delegation has visited Hargeisa, the self-declared republic of Somaliland in what it said was to strengthen existing relations by providing technical and social aid. An international flight by national carrier Turkish Airlines, which started plying the Mogadishu route earlier this month, is also planned, the delegation said. It is the second […]

Africa

Ethiopia says Eritrea-trained gunmen killed tourists

ADDIS ABABA — Gunmen have killed five foreign tourists in Ethiopia’s remote northern Afar region, after crossing into the Horn of Africa country from neighbouring Eritrea which trained and armed the attackers, an Ethiopian official said on Tuesday. A Western diplomat told Reuters German nationals were among those killed in the shooting which happened late […]

Business

Ethiopian Airlines starts Muscat-Addis Ababa flights

MUSCAT — Muscat International Airport welcomed a new airline, Ethiopian Airlines which started its flights to Muscat from early morning yesterday. This is the third African Airline operating to Oman, According to a statement sent by Wihaad al Harthy, Marketing Manager Aeronautical from Oman Airports Management Company. Ethiopian Airlines is the national Airline of Ethiopia […]

Somaliland

Discovery Of Gorilla Species in Somaliland

SHEIKH, 7 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) — It is always exciting when a new species are discovered in country, but the idea that most animals are long gone from Somaliland either by migration or the due to the civil war in the 1980s. Now, it’s been reported that at least two gorillas has been discovered in […]

Business

Somaliland Business Review: Adams Inn

HARGEISA, 7 September 2009 (Somalilandpress) – As part of the slowly growing business in Somaliland, and part of the country’s development after the devastating civil war in the late 80s, ADAM’S INN is The First INN in Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland. The Inn is situated at a walking distance from the Airport and […]