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Djibouti

The Republic of Djibouti, is a small country in eastern Africa, bounded by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the east, Somalia to the southeast, Ethiopia to the west and south and Eritrea to the north. The country is a barren strip of land, much of it white sandy beaches. Inland is semi-desert and desert, with thorn bushes, steppes and volcanic mountain ranges.

Djibouti lies within a geological feature known as the Afar Triangle, one of the hottest and most desolate places on Earth, much of it located beneath sea level. Straddling the Ethiopian frontier is Lake Abbe, home to thousands of flamingos and pelicans. A large market can be found at Ali-Sabieh, a major stop for the main-line train between Djibouti and Addis Ababa.

Djibouti city is late 19th-century with a distinctly Arab feel. Attractions include a lively market near the Mosque, and many good local restaurants to suit all tastes, serving French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arab and local specialities. Nearby are beaches at Dorale, 11km (7 miles), and at Kor Ambad, 14km (9 miles) away. The city lies on the Gulf of Tadjoura, which is an excellent place for scuba diving, fishing and underwater photography. On the other side of the Red Sea, on the Arabian Peninsula, 20 kilometres from the coast of Djibouti, is Yemen.

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