The port of Djibouti, on the coast of Afars and Issas, is one of the most important harbours along the Gulf coast.
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Background: The port of Djibouti, on the coast of Afars and Issas, is one of the most important harbours along the Gulf coast.
Djibouti, the capital of Afars and Issas, is an important trading centre as it lies on the route to the re-opened Suez Canal. The port itself offers a vast range of facilities, especially for the storage of oil and mechanical equipment such as motor vehicles and agricultural machinery.
The port and city of Djibouti suffered a temporary economic setback when the Middle East war forced the closure of the Suez Canal, putting the port of Djibouti off the world trading routes.
But now the canal has re-opened a new surge of life has burst upon the trading city.
One of the main reasons for the revival of Djibouti has been the growing importance of the port to Ethiopia. Saudi Arabia has also began to use the storage facilities for its vast export trade in crude oil.
Djibouti has great competition from other Gulf ports, especially Assab.
But being in the forefront of one of the fastest developing areas of the world, and providing facilities for the main export of the region -- crude oil -- the port and city of Djibouti appear to have an almost unlimited economic future.
SYNOPSIS: One of the most important oil ports in the world is Djibouti harbour. Djibouti is the capital of Afars and Issas, and lies on the important trade route leading to the re-opened Suez Canal.
Although the part is important for the vast Middle East oil trade, it also acts as an important import and export centre, especially for Ethiopia.
The economic progress of both Ethiopia and Afars and Issas, especially the capital, Djibouti, are entwined to a great extent.
Ethiopia has a rapidly expanding economy and a great amount of its trade goes through the Djibouti port. As the wealth of the entire Middle East increases the people and governments there are importing more western produced goods, especially motor vehicles. The vehicles are destined both for private and government use.
And with the importance of western machinery and technology the traditional agricultural exports of the region have increased. Subsistence farming is giving way to a highly mechanised form of agriculture and increased livestock production. The produce of such progress passes through the port of Djibouti, where it is loaded aboard ships bound for ports throughout the world.
Being in the forefront of one of the fastest developing areas of the world, and providing facilities for the region's main exports -- oil and agricultural produce -- the port and city of Djibouti appear to have an almost unlimited economic future.