Niamey, Juba or Djibouti?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2012 7:23 AM Last Post By: Euridice
Sep 28, 2012 7:48 PM
I might have the opportunity to work in one of these three cities. Which would you choose if you were a male western expat?
In particular the main issues for me would be personal safety and general quality of life (not too high prices, nice nightlife, etc.). Which one would you choose based on these parameters?
Many thanks for the advice.
Sep 28, 2012 9:49 PM
1I haven't been to Juba or Miamey, but after 20 years on the road and well over 100 countries later, i can easily say that Djibouti is my least favourite country on Earth (personal opinion)
Sep 29, 2012 2:38 AM
2I haven´t been to Niamey - though I think if you like the chance to take desert trips in your leisure time it might be a tempting location. When it comes to the mere offers of nightlife, restaurants etc, Djibouti will probably offer you the most options. The general infrastructure should also be the best among the three countries. As for Juba, things are changing fast, but for quite a while I suppose poor infrastructure and high prices will remain an item. You mentioned a UN job in your other post - you have to be aware that on the Juba UN compund accomodation is in containers (metal - so very hot in summer) which might be shared with a colleague, there are no private bathroom and conditons are on the whole rather basic. Not sure how it´s with the UN, but most NGOs fly their staff into Kenya for R&R time, so depending how often you get that, you can have a rather nice time south of the border, while possibilities in Juba itself are rather limited. I guess much depends on your experience so far - if you have only lived in first world countries so far, a year or so in South Sudan might appear very very long very soon.
Sep 30, 2012 7:23 AM
3I haven't been to Djibouti but know several who have...but have been to the other two...so here's my opinion. Let me also preface this by saying I'm very tired right now and going to write in a rather blunt way my opinions (and hopefully they don't offend anyone).
Juba- Very, very expensive. Not developed at all. Security issues the most significant here of all the places you mention. This is what can be considered a hardship location. It is hot, very, very hot, and compared to the other two the South Sudanese are not really as friendly. I think you can safely compare the nightlife with highschool/university- a group of people moving from party to party drinking away their problems every weekend (though I'm not sure its too much different in the other places but the crowd will probably be younger in Juba). There are organised sports to do if you are interested in that. Few options for weekend trips just outside of town.
Djibouti and Niamey in contrast are more places where people would choose to live in that they are real, functioning cities.
Niamey- some possible security risks I suppose but very minimal. It is not huge but it is a proper city with proper bars, restaurants, an expat scene and friendly locals and easy to get around and do fun things on the weekend. Still, not the most beautiful place or most exciting...but a proper place where you can have a proper house and somehow "normal" life.
Djibouti- military base is what comes to mind ;) so there must be good nightlife. No real security problems there. Haven't heard anyone in love with the place but it is a real city where you could have a real life and people choose to live there.
If I had to pick one of the three at this point I would pick Juba (I cannot believe I just said that) but if you want a nice, pretty much normal life go for Niamey.
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