Addis Ababa enjoys an ideal climate with brilliant African sunshine and clean cool air at an altitude of 2200-2600 meters, making it the third highest capital of the world. Addis Ababa, which means ‘New flower’, is often shortened to plain ‘Addis’. Addis is founded in 1886, by the time Menilik II needed to change his capital from a small town called Addis Alem to a more central location.
The initial site selected for the palace was Entoto, the hilly area north of present day Addis. The palace site was later changed to the present location on the recommendation of his wife, Taitu, who was already finding the natural hot springs (Filwoha) at the foot of the mountain a much better place than the chilly heights.
By the beginning of the century the new city was well established with several large buildings and growing population as well as eucalyptus trees imported from Australia.
Addis Ababa is almost exactly at the center and serves as the hub of the country. It is connected by major high ways with the surrounding regions.
A CITY OF CONTRAST
Addis Ababa is a city of modern offices and apartment blocks, broad avenues, fine hotels and restaurants. Modest dwellings of the less well to do can be seen between and around the modern buildings, with cattle, donkeys, sheep and goats finding their ways through the narrow streets.
Addis Ababa is also a sample of the integration of the Ethiopian people. It has various communities, groups or individuals from most of our ethnic cultures. It is a real African city, with real experiences and aspirations. Addis is the starting and ending point for the vast majority of trips to the historical, cultural and natural sites of Ethiopia. A serious traveler reserves a day to visit and explore the various attractions Addis Ababa has in its own rights. There is quite a lot to see and explore in Addis Ababa.
Diplomatic Capital of Africa
The ideal climate together with Ethiopia’s contribution to the liberation of Africa is undoubtedly one of the reasons Addis Ababa is selected as the diplomatic capital and international conference center of Africa. It is the head quarters of African Union (AU) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).More than 100 countries have their embassies here.
An ideal place for conference tourism
The large representations of African states, makes Addis Ababa an ideal location for conducting diplomatic meetings, workshops and seminars. A businessman or a diplomat that comes to Addis Ababa has a huge opportunity of mixing business with rewarding excursion trips before or after a meeting. The traveler has a chance of squeezing in a couple of days to visit some outstanding natural and historical tourism sites.