Addis Ababa (or Addis Ababa which may be more accurate) is not exactly a typical tourist destination for us in Europe, but both the city and the rest of Ethiopia have plenty of attractions that at least make this a highly interesting destination for those with historical interest. That this is the world’s second oldest Christian country, and that it is the only African country that has never been colonized by Europeans, also puts it in a special position.
- Abbreviation: AAE
- Country: Ethiopia
Tourist in Addis Ababa
Abbis Ababa is located at the foot of Mount Entoto, a total of 2,500 meters above sea level. The city is the capital of Ethiopia and had 3 million inhabitants in 2006. Abbid Ababa is a relatively new city, founded in 1886, and the city name means New Flower. The inhabitants are mainly Orthodox Christians, around 82%, as opposed to the rest of the country where the ratio of Muslims / Christians is almost uniform.
The country’s little legendary emperor Haile Selassie contributed to the formation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, which was replaced by the African Union in 2002, and this union still has its headquarters in Addis Ababa. The UN Economic Commission for Africa also has its headquarters here.
Among the city’s top attractions is the National Museum, where you can see the remains of “Lucy,” a 3.18 million-year-old fossil skeleton of a prehistoric human, found in Ethiopia in 1974.
Addis Ababa is definitely not the place you travel to shop for the latest fashions and electronic innovations. Bole Road has some western shops and centers, but you will find little there that you will not find as affordable at home. Instead, try the town’s local market, Merkato, where you can make a throw at locally-made clothing and shoes, antique silver and Ethiopia’s distinctive eucalyptus figurines. Would you rather buy nuts, chickens, turbans, axes, goats, wool or a camel, you have also come right.
For recommended excursions, try a half-day hike up Mount Entoto. It is a powerful experience to sit at 3500 meters and look down on Addis Ababa 1000 meters below you while sipping freshly roasted Ethiopian coffee and enjoying the fresh scent of the eucalyptus trees. The travel company Travel Ethiopia has many excursions of varying duration to offer tourists.
Do not forget that Ethiopia is a very poor developing country, and also for tourists, it is still far up to the standard of comfort and hygiene you can expect, with the exception of the best hotels in Addis Ababa. Nor is it advisable for white tourists to roam the streets without a reliable guide, and definitely not after dark.
List of Addis Ababa Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Addis Ababa is AAE which stands for Addis Ababa. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Addis Ababa, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.