Sights & Landmarks

Visit Jogal, the old walled town of Harar constructed by Nur ibn-Mujahid. The St Mary Catholic Church is a haven of peace. Find the house of the famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud, who travelled along the Nile to Ethiopia. See the Jamia Mosque, Harar’s great mosque built in the 16th century and one of the most famous mosques in Harar. 

Service delivery

Harar is undertaking an ambitious water supply project which will soon be finalised, curbing the city’s water problems. Progress is being made in the construction of sewerage lines in Jugol, asphalt and cobblestone roads, a flood protection wall, drainage, market shade and sanitation. These projects have improved the comfort of residents and created access to service delivery vehicles and improved the hygiene. Moreover, Harar is an historic city which is revitalising its heritage. The city can also claim success in its financial reform, recently switching to double entry and computerised financial management. Within the framework of support for the city’s reform process, GTZ has assisted in the preparation of the city’s three year Capital Investment Plan. The Plan has been discussed, revised and approved by the residents of Harar and is being implemented 

Higher Education

Haramaya University is one of the oldest universities in Ethiopia. Located in Alemaya, 20km from the city of Harar and 40km from Dire Dawa, it was founded in 1954 with its new campus opened by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1958.

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Haramaya TVET institute

Harar Medhanealem TVET College

Investment Opportunities

Harar is a highly attractive location for investment in cattle breeding, tourism and the mineral industry. Additionally, it serves as a transit trade point between the port of Berbera in Somaliland and the economic centres of Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa. Moreover, the international airport of Dire Dawa is easily accessible from Harar.