The City of Djibouti is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Djibouti. The Djibouti-Addis Ababa Railway runs from the city to Addis Ababa, while it is also home to the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Northwest of the city centre lies the city's port, used for international trade, for fishing, and by ferries to Obock and Tadjoura. Djibouti is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, between Eritrea and Somalia. The climate is desert with very hot summers. The official languages are French and Arabic. Somali and Afar are also widely spoken. English may be spoken at tourist facilities, but it is not widely used by locals, including taxi drivers. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Djibouti is based on service activities connected with the country's strategic location and status as a free trade zone in northeast Africa. Two-thirds of the inhabitants live in the capital city, the remainder being mostly nomadic herders. Scant rainfall limits crop production to fruits and vegetables, and most food must be imported. In Djibouti conservative Islamic values should be respected. It is advisable to use your right hand for eating, greeting and accepting gifts. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. Expatriate business dress comprises suits for official meetings, otherwise a shirt and tie is appropriate for men. For women modest dress to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities is required. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Businesses are closed on Fridays. The security risk for expatriates in Djibouti is low, but medium for Djibouti city. Risks include petty crime, sporadic social unrest, as well as the threat of terrorism. The currency of Djibouti is the Djibouti Franc (DJF). Credit cards are only accepted at a few places in Djibouti. It is best to have hard currency. Medical care in Djibouti is limited. Medical evacuation is often necessary in severe or emergency situations. The population of Djibouti is 810,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 4.5% (Mar 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Djibouti, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Djibouti as at 1 July 2017 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Djibouti is for example 82% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 42.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 53.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Djibouti for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Djibouti) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Djibouti is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Djibouti? Register subscribe to your home location and Djibouti and run your personalised reports.