Independence Day Date: June 27
Independence Day is celebrated in Djibouti as a public holiday.
June 27 is marked as the Independence Day for Djibouti. On June 1977, the colony finally won its sovereignty from France. The country became the Republic of Djibouti. The year 2007 marked a symbolic turning point in the history of Djibouti as the country celebrated its 30th year as an independent nation.
Independence Day History
Djibouti experienced a civil war from 1991-1994 that had catastrophic consequences for the economy. After 1994, and with the birth of a multi-party system, Djibouti has emerged as an island of stability in the Horn of Africa and it plays an important role as a moderator for the region.
Djibouti is a cash-based economy and credit cards are not widely accepted. Changing money on the street is legal, but be aware of possible scams as well as personal safety considerations if people observe you carrying large amounts of cash.
It is a relatively safe destination, but there is a threat of terrorism against foreigners, as well as some crime because the unemployment rate in Djibouti is very high. Banditry occurs in some areas outside the capital city.
Djibouti is governed under the constitution of 1992, which provides for a president as the head of state and a prime minister as the head of government. The president is popularly elected for a six-year term and is eligible for a second term; the prime minister is appointed by the president.
Djibouti Free Zone (DFZ) is managed by JAFZA, one of the most successful free zones in the world today with over 5000 companies. The area serves at this time 39 national and multinational companies and will accommodate more companies when it will be fully operational.
Independence Day Traditions and Activities
It has few natural resources and little industry. Largely a stony desert, the country is economically underdeveloped.
Djibouti is also a great place for a few days’ strenuous activity, with hiking, diving, snorkelling with whale sharks (whisper it softly) and even windsurfing on wheels (yes!) readily available.
Djibouti provides services as both a transit port for the region and an international transshipment and refueling center. Djibouti has an international airport, which can handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747.