Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, literally “the residence of peace”, is Tanzania’s largest city with an estimated population of app. 4,4 million people. It`s Tanzania’s most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film, television and the country`s leading financial centre with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). Dar also qualifies as the largest and most populous Swahili speaking city in the world. It`s the capital of the Dar es Salaam Region which consists of three boroughs: northern Kinondoni, central Ilala and southern Temeke. Although Dar lost its status as the nation’s capital to Dodoma in 1974, it remains Tanzania`s most important city for both business and government.

The port of Dar es Salaam is by many considered the hub of the Tanzanian transportation system as the main railways and several highways originate in or near the city. The city has experienced a major construction boom in the past few years and are hence having some infrastructural bottle-necks as public transportation and roads are trying to catch-up to handling increasing volumes of people, cars and cargo. Due to close proximity to the equator and the warm Indian Ocean, the city experiences tropical climatic conditions, typified by hot and humid weather throughout much of the year.