There aren't any obvious points of interest in Djibouti city except for the Central Market (Marche Central) which buzzes with activity in the mornings. By the afternoon, Djibo…uti city gets very quiet and it's not just the heat that folks are avoiding, but the national pastime - chewing Qat, begins in earnest. Qat (or Khat) is a mild narcotic. The leaves of the Qat plant are chewed, it has to fresh for the narcotic effect to work best. The daily Qat delivery from Ethiopia to Djibouti city arrives at around 1pm in the local markets..
Djibouti's location on the Red Sea means there are some excellent diving and swimming opportunities particularly around the islands of Maskali and Moucha in the Gulf of Tadjoura. It takes 30-40 minutes to get to the islands by boat. (MORE)
Located near the world's busiest shipping lanes, many freightersmay be observed, passing by. Arabian oil fields may be of interest,as well as the rail traffic to and from Ethi…opia. Lake Assal is thesaltiest lake in the world, and the lowest point in Africa. TheGulf of Aden remains subject to maritime piracy, and slave-tradersabound. With a 59% unemployment rate and 42% of the populationliving below the poverty line, there's plenty to be wary of. All ofthis information -and more- is available from the World Factbook onthe CIA's website (link provided). (MORE)
Djibouti's main economic sector is based on the service industry,not exports. It doesn't ship much overseas, but the area around itproduces coffee, salt, hides, beans, cereals…, chalk, and wax forexport. (MORE)