Dire Dawa attractions

Market in Dire Dawa

Kafira Market

With its Babel-like ambience, the enormous Kafira Market, sprawling way beyond its Moorish-style arches, is the most striking of Dire Dawa's markets. Delving into the organised chaos of its narrow lanes is an assaul…
Museum in Dire Dawa

Ethiopia-Djibouti Rail Yard

Rail fans can clamber through what remains of the once-great Imperial Railway Company of Ethiopia. Ask for Kadra Ali – she can get by in English and will happily take you around the rail yard (tip expected). You'll …
Market in Dire Dawa

Ashawa Market & Livestock Market

With its numerous sheet-metal shacks in the back, the chaotic Ashawa Market is well worth a gander. In the wadi behind Ashawa you'll find the livestock market, which is usually held in the morning.
Market in Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa Market

Also known as ‘Taiwan’, this is a modern, orderly covered market mostly full of clothing and fabric, though some of the cheap electronic goods that used to dominate this space remain.
Market in Dire Dawa

Chattara Market

Chat is sold all over town, but the trade at the Chattara Market is so frenetic it deserves a look.
Palace in Dire Dawa

Old Palace

This large building is the former imperial residence of Haile Selassie. It's not open to the public and difficult to see from outside.
Mosque in Dire Dawa

Juma'a Mosque

Juma'a Mosque is the city's largest mosque and a prominent landmark in the Megala neighbourhood.
Church in Dire Dawa

Greek Orthodox Church

This modern, well-proportioned church is most notable for its two spires and yellow facade.
Church in Dire Dawa

Bete Mikael Church

This colourful church, which lies near the Old Palace, is noted for its octagonal shape.