Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and the African Union, as well as its predecessor, the OAU. As a chartered city (ras gez astedader), Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. The city has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages, and Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities. Addis Ababa is a grassland biome.

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Marki :

Pls tell me about Ethiopia and their capital Addis Ababa? How is life there generally and what about health issues? How are doctors and hospital facilities? Is living in Addid Ababa safe and are things expensive over there? If you are to live there for long time then what are the imtporntant things we need to keep in mind? PLs let me know lots of details concerning the above....thanx ;)

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soniya z :
"Ethiopia is the ancient countery and Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia at this time life in this city is nice but things are getting expincve .Also the hospitals are buliding more and more any way if u want to live in ethiopia u should keep in your mind the pepole are kind the have natural resours and so many good things you can get and see it."
Jo :
"I was there seven years ago. Ethiopia is interesting country, but there is big difference between Addis and the rest of the country. The city is getting modernized, although it has large slum area. The very heart of the city has the infrastructure of a modern city, but the outskirts are full of shantytown features. A lot of Ethiopians don't have work or proper wages, so there is high level of poverty. Addis has a couple of luxurious hotels (namely Sheraton), nice restaurants, and excellent nightclubs. Also, there are beautiful churches (majority of Ethiopians are Christian Orthodox), a stadium, etc. Out of Addis, places that I know worth visiting are church of Lalibela, lake Langano, and capital of ancient kingdom, Gondar. I don't know where do you come from, but Europeans have to take vaccine shots against yellow fever, hepathitis, and take precautions against malaria. There are hospitals in Addis, especially a big one in the city, where most of the doctors and medics are Russians (experts). Living in Addis is safe, although, it's not recommended to drive out of the city by night. People of Ethiopia are fantastic. Personally, I never had any problem with Ethiopians. They are very friendly, open, and good hearted. They are proud people, big patriots, family oriented, and, basically, they like foreigners to come over to their country. A lot of Ethiopians speak English, some can speak Italian. Also, they are very beautiful people. Compared to western standards, prices are low in Ethiopia, but on the other hand, market is not very excessive. Maybe it has developed in last couple of years, but at the time I was there, it wasn't. You can find domestic food at a reasonable price (banana, mango, papaya), and a lot of low-priced Chinese products. Also, in Addis, there is Armenian enclave who live there for a longer time, open-hearted people that you can enjoy their hospitality. So, that would be couple of facts first-hand, and what can I say, I envy you that you are going there!"
muckman03 :

I am travelling to Addis Ababa soon. I will be bringing UK pounds with me for my trip. Where can i get it changed, also is it sfe to carry large amounts of money on me until i get to the hotel. Is there any other way i can bring my money into the country?

meppie l :
"You can change money at the airport, as for carrying large amounts of money; it's safe, as long as nobody knowns you have it :P"
elf2002 :
"You can change the money at the airport or at a major hotel. There are also money changer shops in the downtown area. I think if you have common sense with your money, you should be okay. Use your hotel safe. There are pickpockets in the Mercado area so use street smarts in the more touristy areas. I've been in Addis several times and carried lots of cash. I also would only cash some at the airport because you will probably still be able to use the pounds on the street or for some purchases...I cash hard currency as I need it since you don't want to get stuck with too much and then have to reconvert."
prettypinktinkerbell93 :

The map on th internet spells it the second way "Addis Abbaba" but on my A.P history homework its spelled the first way"Addis Ababa"

MNM :
"Addis Ababa. "
Richard C :
"the former - Addis Ababa - should be used"
lindakflowers :
"Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia's correct spelling."
StRaNgEr :
"It is Addis Ababa. The capital city of Ethiopia with a wonderful weather where i was born & grow up. "Addis" means New. "Ababa" means Flower (New Flower)"
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The One Who Knows (Swamy) :
"Addis Ababa if I remember correctly. And Yahoo search brought up all links connected with that city as Addis Ababa."
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Professor Monkey :
"Only one B."
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"It's spelled Addis Ababa."

 

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Date: 2008-02-02 23:09:01

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, left, and Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetang'ula, right, attend a session of the African Union summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Africa is facing a genocide in Kenya and must make resolving the crisis a priority, the head of the African Union told the continent's leaders


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Date: 2008-02-02 23:09:01

Ethiopia - African Union Summit in Pictures Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi listens during the official opening of the 10th African Union Heads of State summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa January 31, 2008. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna (ETHIOPIA) Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, left, is seen during a break


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Date: 2008-02-02 23:09:01

File Photo: A sex worker in Europe Ethiopia - Ethiopian police bars prostitutes from streets Source: spcm.org Police in Addis Ababa has prohibited prostitutes from prowling the streets as the Ethiopian capital prepares to host the Africa Union summit starting on Thursday. Police officers told APA the decision t


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Date: 2008-02-02 23:09:01

African Union Chief Warns of Possible Genocide In Kenya By Peter Heinlein Addis Ababa VOA News 27 January 2008 African Union Chairman Alpha Omar Konare is calling for immediate action to calm tensions in Kenya, warning that ethnic clashes between warring tribes could degenerate into another Rwanda-like genoci




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