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Arabic Word of the Day 62# [Journey in Arabia 4# - Djibouti Facts!]

Hello! Today we're going to continue our journey, flying from the islands of Comoros to a nearby [ish] country in Africa called Djibouti! :D

1# Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa.

2# The official Name of Djibouti is the Republic of Djibouti.

3# Total Population of Djibouti is only 810,179.

4# Residents of the Djibouti are known as Djiboutians.

5# Djibouti is the third smallest country in Africa continental.

6# The official currency of Djibouti is Djiboutian Franc.

7# Lac Assal of Djibouti is the saltiest lake with the exception of Antarctica’s lakes. It is even saltier than the Dead Sea.

8# Guelleh was first President of Djibouti in 1999 .

9# Djibouti gained freedom from France in 1977.

10# Taxi fares at night increase by around 50% after sunset.

11# Moucha Island is the largest island in Djibouti.

12# Has a life expectancy of only 62.46 years [again, quite low]

13# Has an average of 51.5 infant mortality [aka: around 51 babies die in every 1000] accurate at 2017

14# The official languages of Djibouti are Arabic and French.

15# Erta Ale is a volcano that settles in the Danakil Desert

16# Approximately 90% of Djibouti’s land is a desert.

17# The total land area of Djibouti is 23,200 square kilometers.

18# The Gulf of Tadjoura is one of the richest areas in the world for coral and fish species located in eastern Djibouti.

19# The Djibouti Francolin (one of over forty species of francolins, a group of birds) is only found in the horn of Africa.

20# Christmas in Djibouti is celebrated on January 7, not on December 25.

21# The national animal of Djibouti is the Elk.

22# Djibouti is a growing country generating approximately 73,000 visitors per year.

23# The most popular sport amongst Dijiboutians is football

24# Qat, the favourite plant of Djibouti is banned in many European countries.

25# The unemployment rate in Djibouti was 52.33 percent until 2010.

26# Khat is a flowering plant and Khat chewing is common in Djibouti.

27# Djibouti has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in the world.

28# The Djibouti’s population is divided into two tribes, the Issa of Somali and the Afar.

29# Nearly 94% of the population is Muslim while the remaining 6% are Christian.

30# Djibouti has a semiarid climate that is very hot and dry.

31# Djibouti was known as French Somaliland till 1967.

32# Hussein Ahmed Salah from Djibouti was the only person who won a bronze medal at the Olympics in the marathon in 1988.

32 facts on Djibouti! Add that to your long term memory! You never know, you might ever decide to go on a trip to a beautiful yet modest Arabic country! :D

I thought that Christmas getting celebrated in January was quite unusual [I'm going to search it!] Which fact[s] did you find the most interesting? :)

Anyways, thanks for reading! Any thoughts or other facts, feel free to comment below, thanks again! ;D

June 26, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

January 7th instead of December 25th? That is a very interesting fact.

Again another country I knew nothing about and this time I am going to have to look up the pronunciation.

Me personally I found it interesting that they chew flowers. XD LOL

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Lol! In my dialect it Djibouti means "jacket" ...or is that in Amazigh? I don't even know anymore! XD

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

What dialect do you speak? If it is Egyptian Arabic, that is what I would eventually like to learn after I get a decent grip on MSA.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

No, not Egyptian dialect ;p I'll let you guess if you feel like it! Anyways, I think Egyptian dialect would be one of the best options for dialect [only cus Egypt is one of those popular Arabic places and it's got business and media and stuff]

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

I am guessing Moracan Arabic?

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Nope

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

Lybian? (Is that even a dialect?)

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Sigh! It's Libyan and yes it's a dialect and yes it's my dialect! ;p

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FirePolyglot

Yeah, it's pretty interesting that they chew khat (or qat). I've heard that in Yemen people also chew it a lot. I think they use it as a stimulant drug though.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sousoudoudo

have a look for African map XD

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/um6661138

the 25th of december is not really jesus' bday, but it became a normal practice to move dates around to cover up similar pagan holidays with christian holidays- religious strategy by the powers that be. same goes for easter and the resurrection. maybe that has something to do with it?

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThE_oNe_MaStEr

At least I know this country exists[we learnt it in geography pretty interesting]. My friend comes from Djibouti[ I think ;p] She speaks some weird Somali.

Nice lesson. Gonna be a long time until we get to Somalia. XD

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Well I do Geography and it seems that the UK want to add themselves into everything [even when there's now way!] so ya we didn't do interesting places like Djibouti although we did Brazil and we're gonna do Nigeria but other than that, it was pretty much UK weather, UK "hazards" [what like that last year earthquake that I didn't even notice?] , UK "extreme" weather, UK landscapes, UK ponds ecosystems, UK congestion etc...

True, today's will be Egypt [gonna be easy to find facts for!] and I have to revise for tomorrow [English exam 1h 45mins and Maths exam 1h 30mins] Cya guys

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

I stayed at home all day today cos I was ill. Missed both my English and Geography exams[;p]. Tomorrow, I have a trip to Hampton Court Palace[aren't I so lucky XD].

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

How was the trip? [I don't even know where that is but yeah!]

Edit: I'm so dumb! I forgot to ask if you're feeling better! Are you? :o

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

Yeah I'm feeling a little better. I'll keep taking paracetamol until I'm fully fine.

The trip was great. It was a whole hour bus journey but it was worth it. I seriously don't know how you don't know where Hampton Court is. I'm disappointed in you[JK XD].

Hampton Court's somewhere in West London. Like in the London Borough of Richmond. Before you jump to any conclusions, I do not live in Richmond or anywhere like that. They've got loads of Waitroses there and Waitrose is for like super rich people[like super rich people who live in proper mansions]. I'll stick with my Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and Aldi thank you very much. ;p

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Well... Living in London must mean you're rich XD I live opposite you which is quite expensive but London is at another level... I've only been to London once on a school trip and that was only to Paddington Station so don't blame me! I don't even know my own city XD

Yup me too! I'll stick to Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons XDDD

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

Nah it just means I'm well off. Like you see some poor places here in London like[googles London's worst borough doesn't see any results] Tower Hamlets[idk about this one but they get loads of news coverage for all the wrong reasons]. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ .

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sousoudoudo

32/6/16 (thought it won't be worse than Algeria cz we have 80% desert!)/15 (I must go there!)/11 :)

have a nice night! wait you didn't mention the capital.. well it's Djibouti! ^^

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/um6661138

"get'Djibouti on the dance floor and SHAKE it!" -anonymous DJ

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/um6661138

thanks for sharing, sassy!!! i just started the arabic course. i am excited! : )

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Glad you're enjoying it! :D I did a placement test [it is quite annoying the way they don't accept synonyms yet, but I know it's in BETA] and it was ok, though the pronunciation could be better :)

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Arabic Discussion area seems the place for this.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Good point ;p I only realised that they added one after I posted you see :D

June 27, 2019
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