Sights & Landmarks

Visit Ras Mikael’s Palace and the Enda Medhane Alem Church. See the Ayiteyef Addarash Hall whiched housed the Ras’s celebrations. Discover the Regional Museum of Dessie and experience the city’s history and ethnic culture. Visit the nearby Hayk, situated at the shores of a beautiful lake, and enjoy the town’s hospitality and fresh fish. 

Service delivery

A new and efficient institutional arrangement, resulting from the recent Business Process Reengineering, is providing Dessie’s cities with good services. Major projects being implemented as part of the in the Capital Investment Plan include cobblestone streets and walkways, landslide protection, bridge and road construction, street lighting and water supply projects. Most projects are labour-intensive and the establishment of MSEs is strongly supported, with more than 5,000 people now working in the cobblestone sector. Disadvantaged groups in particular are invited to benefit from the projects. New condominium houses have also been completed and are ready for their occupants. With its new Master Plan and three Local Development Plans, the city is improving its infrastructure and modernising with the strong participation of citizens. 

Higher Education

Wollo University, founded in 2005, registered 749 students in 2007 with 29 departments and seven faculties. The university currently has around 8,718 enrolled students. Research programmes are still in progress. The University mainly focuses on Agricultural and Urban Development topics. 

For further information contact:

Ato Moges Logaw

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M: 0914 31 05 59 / T: 0331 19 05 83/-79/-89) 

W/ro Sihin TVET College provides training in more than 35 occupations and has close links to the private sector.

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T: 0331 11 70 08)

Investment Opportunities

Dessie is committed to providing a good environment for investment. It is the main trading city in northeast Ethiopia. Goods come directly via Djibouti or from other parts of Ethiopia and are transported throughout the country. The city provides a network of trading and good facilities. Dessie processes hides and skins and high-quality spring water is also produced. Dessie’s cadastre and land administration office are responsible for land for businesses. Well-trained and a hard-working labour-force are available in Dessie. Finally, the city has constructed more than 3,260 condominium units and an additional 92 shops are will soon be completed.