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Hargeisa – A Wonderful City in Somaliland

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Hargeisa – A Wonderful City in Somaliland

Hargeisa is the capital city of Republic of Somaliland, in Horn of African region. Somaliland is a self-declared but internationally unrecognized region. Hargeysa is the largest city of Somaliland.

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A cloudy evening, Hargeisa – Somaliland

Region

Hargeisa (Somali: Hargeysa) is situated in the Woqooyi Galbeed region of Somaliland. One third of the total population in Somaliland is living Hargeysa. Hargeysa International Airport (Egal International Airport), the major Airport of Somaliland is situated in Hargeysa City.

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Safari, a big hotel in Hargeysa city – Somaliland
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War memorial at Freedom square, in the middle of the city, Hargeisa – Somaliland
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War memorial at Freedom square, in the middle of the city, Hargeisa – Somaliland

Climate and Seasons

Climate of Somaliland is generally hot and dry climate. Hargeysa having a fine climate as compared to all other regions of the Somaliland.

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Hargeisa, capital city of Somaliland, East Africa in the Summer

There are four distinct seasons in Somaliland. Season named Gu (April – June) is the rainy season Somaliland, and experiences the much rainfall in various part of the region. Gu is the breeding season for livestock in Somaliland.

Hagaa (July – August), is usually dry season in somaliland. Hagaa tends to be hot and windy in most parts of the Somaliland region.

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Hargeisa city, under the dust storm

Deyr (September – November), is corresponds to autumn, is the second, or minor, wet season, generally less than that of Gu.

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Hargeisa city, in the rainy season

Jilaal, (November – March) is the winter season, falls in the coolest and driest months of the year. It is a season of drought.

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House with garden plants in Hargeisa – Somaliland
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Independence monument in Hargeysa – Somaliland

Transportation

Buses are the most commonly used form of public transportation in Hargeisa. They travel on a number of routes serving nearly all of the city’s districts. Intercity bus services are also available, which connect Hargeisa to other major northern Somali cities and towns, including Burao, Berbera and Borama.

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Hargeysa bus station, a night view

Tuk-Tuk (Auto rickshaw), and call taxies are available for rent in and around the city to travel. Toyota vehicles are seen everywhere in the city.

Khat

The khat plant is known by a variety of names, such as qaat and jaad in Somalia. Khat has been grown for use as a stimulant for centuries in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. There, chewing khat predates the use of coffee and is used in a similar social context.

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Khat (Qat) Leaves – Khat chewing is a social custom in Somaliland, East Africa
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Textile showroom (dress market) in Hargeysa – Somaliland
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Market stalls (Bacadlaha) in downtown area of Hargeysa City – Somaliland
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Currency traders, who exchange US dollar to Somaliland Shilling in Hargeysa City – Somaliland
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Gerenuk deer in a restaurant near Hargeysa city – Somaliland
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Remaining of civil war – An old soviet tank on the road from Hargeysa to Berbera – Somaliland

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