Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is a second largest city in Ethiopia with 420,000 people.

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African Village

Near Tsehay (pronounced say hey) hotel. It offers traditional looking huts and has a communal courtyard for meeting other people. The prices are reasonable and based on the size of the room.

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Palace of Haile Selassie

A small palace built for former Emperor Haile Selassie. There have been talks to turn this into a museum, but no plans has materialized yet.

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Ras Hotel

Close to downtown in Dire-Dawa is quite pricey for the offerings.

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Hotel Blossom

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About Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa (which means “empty plain”) is one of two chartered cities in eastern Ethiopia (the other being the capital, Addis Ababa). Dire Dawa was founded in 1902 after the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway reached the area. The railroad could not reach the city of Harar at its higher elevation, so Dire Dawa was built nearby. It is a major hub for many ethnic groups in Ethiopia, especially the Afar, Oromo, and Somali. The city is an industrial centre on the Dechatu River, and home to several markets. It lies at the foot of a ring of cliffs that has been described as "somewhat like a cluster of tea-leaves in the bottom of a slop-basin". There are two ATMs in the city at Dashen Bank and Ogaden Bank.


Source: wikivoyage