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Jijiga or Jigjiga is a city in Eastern Ethiopia.

Understand[edit]

Jijiga has been the capital of the Somali region since 1995. It is one of the few places where the government of Ethiopia fully controls.

Get in[edit]

  • 1 Jijiga Airport (JIJ IATA). (Q11823459) on Wikidata Jijiga Airport on WikipediaThe airport is east of the town.The Ethiopian Airlines office in Jijiga is a little tricky to find but pretty much as Google maps shows. On the south west corner of the intersection with Mohammed Abdullah Hassan equestrian statue is a multistorey commercial building with distinctive blue windows - head west from there about 200 metres to a small pink and white semi circular shopping centre.
  • Mini buses leave regularly for the 90 minute journey from the minibus station in Harar. They will drop you at your Hotel if you are on the A10.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Jijiga is home to dozens of mosques.

Do[edit]

The locals will assure you that there is nothing to see or do in Jijiga .

  • It is true that the drive to Jijiga from Harar is a highlight. The road traverses dry semi arid valleys adorned with large boulders and stones. On the way you pass what appears to be a refugee camp - a reminder that the Ogaden Desert and the civil wars of Somalia are not far away.
  • Despite what the locals say it is a pleasant excursion to walk through the shops and markets to the historic Fooq Dheere building. With luck you might see a real camel caravan.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Livestock Market.

Eat[edit]

There are numerous modern cafes and restaurants. This is a great place to sample Somali food.

The Maamuus Café in the shopping centre that houses the Ethiopian Airlines office has all manner of coffee and pizzas.

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Sleep[edit]

There are dozens of hotels in Jijiga

  • ZM International Hotel, A 10 Highway (just East of the Mohammed Abdullah Hassan statue), +251 252780703, +251 915741439. Great rooms, good meals. pity price is high. The Hotel does not take much notice of emails better to ring. 2,000Birr per double.

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