Why You Should Visit Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is a richly historic place where travelers can spend days exploring the city’s many ancient landmarks, museums and heritage sites. Celebrated as one of the finest museums in Africa, the Ethiopian National Museum is home to the artifacts thousands of years old and also includes many modern Ethiopian works of art. You can also travel around the city and go on a sightseeing tour to see many of its interesting landmarks such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral or the vast Grand Anwar Mosque. Those who love shopping will not want to miss out on a visit to the Merkato district which is home to the biggest open air market on the continent - here you can find practically everything from local handicrafts to exotic animals and everything in between.
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Arriving In Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is situated only 6 km from the city center and is home to two passenger terminals, with Terminal 2 the base of international flights. The easiest way to travel into the city once you have arrived is to hop in a taxi just outside the airport and the trip is only a brief one. Renting a car in Addis Ababa is also an option. Inside the airport itself there are a few essential amenities and facilities available including a restaurant and a café as well as a couple of gift shops.
If you are looking for flights from the UAE to Addis Ababa is it is possible to fly out of Dubai with three different airlines – Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and flydubai. Be advised that all flights to the city are out of Dubai International Airport, not to be confused with the newer Al Maktoum International Airport.
Addis Ababa Travel Information
Although some nationals are able to enter Ethiopia by getting a visa upon arrival, UAE nationals will have to apply for a visa in advance in order to travel. Addis Ababa is warm throughout the year but does not get as hot as it does in the UAE with average highs of between 20 to 25 degrees to be expected. Be advised that there is a rainy season in the region beginning towards the end of June and ending around August. Remember that Addis Ababa is one hour behind the UAE so don’t forget to alter your clocks once you have arrived.
* This information is correct as of September 2017
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