WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS HOSTED BY DJIBOUTI. THE NEW WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS HOSTED BY DJIBOUTI. THE NEW WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

In a strikingly rich and impressive paraphernalia, displaying for the benefit of the world the incredibly diverse cultural landscape of the country, Djibouti has welcomed the who`s who of international culture and tourism on the felicitous occasion of the country being named WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

       Djibouti played host for a week (16 to 22 April 2018) to global tourism celebrations marking the inscription of the capital city on the list of WORLD CAPITAL`S OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

Attending the ceremonies was a high ranking delegation of global tourism institutions European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academylead by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

President of The Republic of Djibouti: Academician ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH in the center of global tourism institutions delegates presenting DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

The world tourism delegates where welcomed with a colorful ceremony on the Djibouti Airport tarmac and received lush flowers bouquets in a sign of peaceful arrival.

On April 18, 2018, a working session with representatives of Presidency of Djibouti chaired by Secretary General Mohamed Abdillahi Wais, Ministry of Economy (with tourism as mandate), Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information and with the delegates of European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy chaired by President Dr. Anton Caragea has taken place.

During the day a series of dialogues where held between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation-Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Culture, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Moumin Hassan Barreh, Ministry of Tourism and The President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mr.Mohamed Ali Houmed.

 

                        

The main event of the week of celebrations was the official inscription of DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in a powerful, music and rhythm driven ceremony destined to showcase the cultural endowment of people of Djibouti.

 

On display where ceremonial weaponry, costumes, dances, ceremonies of Issas, Afars, Yemenis constituting the matrix of today`s Djibouti.

Actors, poets, dancers and musicians from far and wide contributed to a glittering performance and crafted a vivid portrait of a young and yet cultured nation.

Congratulatory remarks were addressed for the delegates attending DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM festivities by Ministers of culture and Islamic Foundations, Ministry of Tourism and a presentation of the country new tourism strategy was unveiled for the benefit of those present.

 

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More about President of Djibouti agenda for development can be accessed here:

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The core of the festivity came at the moment of announcing H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh as the new ACADEMICIAN member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY with a powerful presentation speech by Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Academy Director.

 

Hand in hand for African tourism future: President of Djibouti-Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh and President of European Council on Tourism and Trade – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 

President of European Council on Tourism and Trade – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took to the rostrum to announce officially that from April 19, 2018, DJIBOUTI is THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in recognition of a splendid array of natural and historical monuments encapsulated in a rapidly developing country and powered by a dynamic people.

H.E. Ismail Omar Gulleh, The President of Djibouti come to the fore to a rapturous welcome by his people and was surrounded with huge manifestations of love and respect and ululations of admiration for his crowning as a new ACADEMICIAN and for the country assuming the new mantle as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

In a prominent and poignant allocution President Omar Gulleh, now Academician Ismail Omar Gulleh charted the new directions for his country and promised to further endeavor to make Djibouti recognized and to etch the name of his nation on the global stage.

Djibouti as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM has become a center of beaming culture, a beacon of development on the banks of the Red Sea and a tourism center for the Horn of Africa showing to all the region that another destiny free from fear and poverty is possible.

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea and President Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh announcing to the world: DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 

Global tourism delegates lead by President Dr. Anton Caragea had immersed afterwards in a discovery trip among the natural beauties and man-made carved civilizations of Djibouti.

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More information on Djibouti tourism potential and strategy can be extracted from these sources:

DJIBOUTI: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

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The trip encompassed discovery of the Gulf of Tadjoura with the island of Moucha at his heart, old center of slaves and coffee trade and a symbolic place for the birth of Djibouti in the XIX century.

 

The fabled city of Tadjoura, the center of commerce of hides, oysters, coffee and ivory, rich and powerful dominating the south of Red Sea and portrayed as the white city or the city of seven mosques was a main point of interest.

The astonishing collection of natural monuments spanning from The Great African rift to Bab el Mandeb, to the volcano of  Ardoukôba, the impressive Goubet Al Kharab, the island of Devil and the gates of Inferno where all magnificent sights to see.

The opportunities for leisure tourism, balmy sun and sea tourism wherein length explained during the visit to the incredible Sable blanc-White sands.

Finally a visit to the lowest place on the African continent: Lake Assal put the delegates in awe of the country tourism potential.

 Concluding the visit to Djibouti-THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM President Dr. Anton Caragearemarked that: Djibouti is this unique spot:  a place of magic!

 

The magic of the beginning of Earth`s history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.

Djibouti is the magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this place and in turn they give Djibouti a name in the cultural history of the world.

The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.

May Djibouti succeed in tourism on the level of his potential.

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Allocution du Président de la République ACADEMICIEN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH pour Djibouti capitale mondiale du tourisme et de la culture

Allocution du Président de la République ACADEMICIEN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH pour Djibouti capitale mondiale du tourisme et de la culture

A l’occasion de la proclamation de Djibouti comme la nouvelle CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME, S.E. Président Ismail Omar Guelleh a pris la tribune pour annoncer la nouvelle stratégie touristique du pays, proclamer le tourisme comme pilier du développement économique national et exprimer sa gratitude au Président Dr. Anton Caragea pour son soutien dans l’inscription du patrimoine culturel et naturel djiboutien sur la liste des CAPITALES MONDIALES DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.

 

C’est une reconnaissance qui se va préserver pour des siècle au profit de tous les habitants de Djibouti a remarqué le président.

 

DISCOURS POUR

DJIBOUTI: LA CAPITALE DE CULTURE ET TOURISME

S.E. PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH

 

 

 Allocution du Président de la République lors de la cérémonie de remise de distinction, Djibouti capitale mondiale du tourisme et de la culture.

C’est avec beaucoup de joie et beaucoup de fierté que j’accueille cette distinction.

A travers moi, c’est Djibouti tout en entier et sa population que vous venez d’honorer. Je tiens donc tout d’abord Monsieur Le Président, Professuer Dr. Anton Caragea, au nom du peuple Djiboutien, à vous remercier personnellement aussi bien que l’académie que vous dirigez pour cette marque de confiance et d’estime que vous nous témoignez.

Cette distinction Monsieur Le Président, aussi méritoire qu’elle soit, nous la prenons ni comme une consécration, ni comme une récompense. Mais comme un encouragement. Un encouragement à persévérer sur la voie que nous nous sommes tracée dans le développement du tourisme.

C’est toujours gratifiant de se voir soutenu dans ses efforts, surtout par une institution comme la votre qui a toujours défendu une vision du tourisme et de la culture centrée sur l’humain.

 

Mesdames et messieurs

Il y a différentes façons de définir et de percevoir Djibouti et son peuple.

Certains parlent de nous comme d’un caillou au milieu du désert.

D’autres, sans doute nostalgiques d’une époque coloniale pourtant révolue, nous réduisent à une pancarte sur laquelle est écrite « Territoire des Afars et des Issas ».

Les plus innovants nous identifient à une base géostratégique pour les puissances militaires.

Mais heureusement pour nous, Mesdames et messieurs, il se trouve encore beaucoup de personnes de par le monde qui ne nous réduisent pas à ces clichés et à ces étiquettes anachroniques.

Pour nous et pour tous ces citoyens du Monde qui ont eu l’occasion de séjourner dans notre pays, Djibouti, c’est cette terre de rencontres et d’échanges aux confluents de toutes les routes, maritimes, terrestres et aériennes.

Pour nous et pour tous ces citoyens du Monde, Djibouti c’est une histoire et même une préhistoire que la géologie, la géographie et l’archéologie ne cessent de raconter à travers les temps et les âges.

Ceux qui se sont émerveillés devant la beauté primitive du Lac Abbé, ceux qui ont accompagné une caravane sur la banquise du Lac Assal, ceux là ont le ressenti de ce qu’est Djibouti.

Et c’est sans doute parce qu’ils ont ressenti cette magie d’un espace envoutant que Tazief et Rimbaud ont parlé en leur temps « d’un livre de géologie à ciel ouvert » et « d’un paysage lunaire ».

 

 

Monsieur le Président, mesdames et messieurs

Nous nous réjouissons donc aujourd’hui de cette reconnaissance internationale de notre pays comme « Capitale mondiale de la Culture et du Tourisme ».

Notre pays renferme des sites qui valent bien des détours. J’ai cité tout à l’heure le Lac Assal et le Lac Abbé, mais j’aurai pu citer les fresques préhistoriques d’Abourma ou encore la forêt primaire du Day.

Je pourrais citer aussi l’extraordinaire biodiversité de notre flore et de notre faune qui comprend des espèces endémiques comme le Francolin de Djibouti ou la gazelle Beira.

Je pourrais également mentionner l’extraordinaire richesse culturelle de nos communautés. Ces nomades enracinés dans leurs territoires. Mais aussi ces citoyens qui sont les fruits d’un melting-pot historique, et qui fait de Djibouti un havre de tolérance et du vivre-ensemble.

 

 

Monsieur le Président, mesdames et messieurs,

Dans notre stratégie de développement de notre pays, nous sommes très sensibles au bienfait du tourisme, à son impact sur la croissance, à son rôle dans la lutte contre la pauvreté. En une décennie et grâce à tous les efforts engagés pour augmenter son attractivité, notre pays a plus que quadruplé la proportion des touristes.

 

Naturellement, le Gouvernement encourage cette dynamique créatrice d’emplois pour nos jeunes et génératrice de devises pour notre économie. A tel point que nous n’avons pas hésité à ériger l’industrie touristique comme un des piliers économiques de la vision 2035.

Dans la compétition mondiale effrénée qui anime le secteur du tourisme, nous voulons rester lucides pour éviter de tomber dans certains écueils. Nous ne voulons pas sacrifier au tout-tourisme des territoires et des écosystèmes que nous savons fragiles.

Nous ne souhaitons pas bâtir ce secteur encore bourgeonnant sur un modèle économique qui pille et torpille l’équilibre écologique des territoires et des populations.

Face aux promesses court-termistes et consuméristes d’une industrie touristique qui souvent dégrade, pollue et détruit, nous voulons sortir du piège manichéen du tout-tourisme ou son contraire, pour une solution responsable qui intègre l’industrie touristique dans un schéma de développement durable.

Djibouti a fait le choix d’un tourisme de niche, qui met en relation les individus, les cultures et les civilisations.

Le choix d’un tourisme qui a un rôle important à jouer dans le dialogue des cultures et dans le vivre ensemble. Le choix de l’équilibre entre nos objectifs de développement et l’indispensable protection de nos patrimoines sociaux, culturels et environnementaux.

 

C’est un choix difficile dont les dividendes, bien que prometteuses, sont pour l’heure encore maigres. Mais un choix que mon pays assume par devoir d’équité et de justice vis-à-vis des générations futures de notre pays.

Je vous remercie de votre attention!

ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH DISCOURSE FOR DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH DISCOURSE FOR DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

On the occasion of the proclamation of Djibouti as the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh has took the rostrum to announce the country new tourism strategy, to proclaim tourism as a pillar of the national economic development and to express his gratitude to President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for his support in the inscribing Djibouti cultural and natural patrimony on the list of  WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. This is  a recognition that will endure for ages for the benefit of all people of Djibouti remarked the President.

 

 

WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

DJIBOUTI

 

OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF

H.E. ACADEMICIAN ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH 

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI

It is with great joy and pride that I welcome this high distinction.

Through me, it is Djibouti and its population that you justly honor.

Therefore, first of all, Mr. President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, on behalf of the people of Djibouti, I thank you personally as well as the academy that you are leading for this mark of trust and esteem that you show us.

This distinction, Mr. President, as meritorious as it may be, we take it neither as a consecration nor as a reward.

But as an encouragement.

An encouragement to persevere on the path that we have traced in the development of tourism.

It is always rewarding to be supported in its efforts, especially by an institution like yours that has always defended a vision of tourism and culture centered on the human.

Ladies and gentlemen,

There are different ways to define and perceive Djibouti and its people.

 

Some speak of us as a pebble in the middle of the desert.

Others, no doubt nostalgic of a colonial era yet gone, we reduce to a sign on which is written “Territory of the Afars and Issas”.

The most innovative ones identify us with a geostrategic basis for the military powers.

But fortunately for us, ladies and gentlemen, there are still many people around the world who do not reduce us to these anachronistic clichés and labels.

For us and for all those citizens of the world who have had the opportunity to stay in our country, Djibouti, it is this land of meetings and exchanges at the confluence of all roads: maritime, land and air.

For us and for all these citizens of the world, Djibouti is a story and even a prehistory that geology, geography and archeology keep telling through times and ages.

Those who marveled at the pristine beauty of the Lac Abbé, those who accompanied a caravan on the salt shores of Lake Assal, those are having the feeling of what is Djibouti.

It is probably because they felt the magic of a captivating space that Tazief and Rimbaud spoke in their time of “a book of open geology” and “a lunar landscape”.

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

We are therefore looking forward today to this international recognition of our country as “World Capital of Culture and Tourism”.

Our country contains sites that are well worth detours.

I mentioned Lake Assal and Lac Abbé earlier, but I could have mentioned the prehistoric frescoes of Abourma or the primary Foret du Day.

I could also mention the extraordinary biodiversity of our flora and fauna which includes endemic species such as Djibouti Francolin or Beira gazelle.

I could also mention the extraordinary cultural richness of our communities.

These nomads rooted in their territories.

But also these citizens who are the fruits of a historic melting pot, and which makes Djibouti a haven of tolerance and living together.

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

In our development strategy for our country, we are very aware to the benefits of tourism, its impact on growth, and its role in the fight against poverty.

In a decade and thanks to all the efforts made to increase its attractiveness, our country has more than quadrupled the proportion of tourists.

Naturally, the Government is encouraging this job-creating dynamic for our youth and generating foreign currency for our economy.

So much so that we have not hesitated to build the tourism industry as one of the economic pillars of the 2035 vision.

In the frenzied global competition that drives the tourism sector, we want to remain lucid to avoid falling into certain pitfalls.

We do not want to sacrifice to mass-tourism territories and ecosystems that we know as fragile.

We do not want to build this still burgeoning sector on an economic model that plunders and torpedoes the ecological balance of territories and populations.

Faced with the short-term and consumerist promises of a tourism industry that often degrades, pollutes and destroys, we want to get out of the Manichean trap of all-tourism or its opposite, for a responsible solution that integrates the tourism industry into a development plan sustainable.

Djibouti has chosen a niche tourism that connects individuals, cultures and

civilizations.

The choice of a tourism that has an important role to play in the dialogue of cultures and in living together.

The choice of balance between our development objectives and the indispensable protection of our social, cultural and environmental heritage.

It is a difficult choice whose dividends, although promising, are still meager.

But a choice that my country assumes for the sake of fairness and justice for future generations of our country.

Thank you for your attention!

 

ARTHUR RIMBAUD, HENRY DE MONFREID AND HAROUN TAZIEFF MAKE DJIBOUTI A WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

ARTHUR RIMBAUD, HENRY DE MONFREID AND HAROUN TAZIEFF MAKE DJIBOUTI A WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM: DJIBOUTI

 

OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF

H.E. PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA

 

PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

Your Excellency Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Republic of Djibouti

Your Excellency Mr.  Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Republic of Djibouti

Your Excellency, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Djibouti

Esteemed members of Government of Djibouti, members of Parliament of Djibouti, distinguished member’s diplomatic corps

Dear guests,

All protocol observed,

Official ceremony for DJIBOUTI registered as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM(l-r) Mr. Mihai Prundianu (ECTT), President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea(ECTT), President Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Academician Mircea Constantinescu (ECTT), Mr. Pavel Avramoiu (ECTT)  

It is today a historic moment for global tourism and for Africa, as we have come here to mark the recognition of DJIBOUTI as a member of WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM list.

Djibouti becomes the first city in Africa to be recognized by the global tourism institutions as a center for tourism, an example for culture and a model for development in XXI century.

Since his inception WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program was build around the decision taken by global tourism institutions: EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY to offer to the world examples of tourism development that are harmonious and are protecting historical potential and natural patrimony and are offering opportunities for growth for all.

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM it is today a part of the AGENDA FOR HUMANITY and universally recognized as an ambitious effort destined to establish a world list of cities and regions that are encompassing the legacy of humanity, that are harboring traditions and costumes unique or hosting natural treasures considered to be of outstanding and universal value.

 

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-European Council on Tourism and Trade President.

 

Today there is no other global effort with the magnitude and scope of THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program.

To date this is now a part of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, integral part of Parliamentary Assembly for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals actions and part and parcel of the global efforts destined to eradicate inequalities, ensure growth, develop education and cultural opportunities for all and supporting investment and development and integration policies where there are more needed.

On this note I must salute the exertions of the administration lead by Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti and his commitment to fulfilling the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations and for ensuring that DJIBOUTI it is and continues to be a placed for development, creativity, encouragement of free enterprise and initiative and inclusiveness for all who come to this beautiful capital city.

 

H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti hailed as a world leader in development.

I also must express my gratitude to the efficient and wise team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef energetically represented by the Embassy in Paris Ayed Mousseid Yahya they had created the powerful diplomatic and tourism promotion exertions that led to this moment when we crown Djibouti as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

They had proven their dedication to the proud people of Djibouti and their commitment to the policies and vision of H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of The Republic of Djibouti.

 

 

We have now to answer the fundamental question: Why is DJIBOUTI consecrated today as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

What are travelers, visitors and mere passersby going to find here?

What is the legacy pertaining to humanity ascribable to the people of Djibouti?

 First of all Djibouti is the most impressive place on the world to watch the creation of the planet earth.

Since the beginning of humanity people where attracted and interested to find the access point, the door that leads to unleashing the secrets of the creation of Earth.

Djibouti undoubtedly holds this key: here geology and nature had created the open air museum of the creation of the world: from unfinished volcanoes around Abbe Lake and the incredible structures of East African Rift visible around Lake Assal.

If you want to understand how our planet was created, is functioning and is evolving after millions of years you have to come to Djibouti: where the world was created.

The famous French geologist Haroun Tazieff, had here, in Djibouti, the honor of discovering the world newest volcano:  Ardoukôba reactivated after a 3.000 years sleep.

Djibouti: land of exception and country of exceptional, the only place where we can witness the geological history of our planet.

Only for this incredible potential of a country that is standing as witness to our planet birth and destiny and by virtue of this alone Djibouti will well deserve the title of world capital.

Djibouti is on equal footing a place of destiny and a receptacle of culture, a unique place that carves destinies like no other.

I will recollect the adventures and poetic influence that Djibouti held over Arthur Rimbaud who decided that all that is having significance in life is to wander between the Red Sea, Tadjourah, Djibouti, Lake Assal in a mystical journey for which he sacrificed family, poetic glory and all his prospects.

 

All of life glory just for a breath of Djibouti air.

It was not the only one: Henry de Monfreid has made his fortune and his literary name on the marvelous rocks of Obock, on the shores of Djibouti.

The spell and sway cam about personalities like: Albert Londres, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Hugo Pratt and many others.

What does have Djibouti so magic, so powerful, so un-equal that attracts to his sandy shores poets, adventurers, painters, novelists and all mans who have a soul and a passion and soles of wind?

It is the magical door to the creation of the Earth?

It the incredible power of the desert?

It is the clarion call of the caravans that are making everybody to want to come to Djibouti, to share this city fame, glory and all-powerful sun?

Djibouti is not only the portal to world creation as Haroun Tazieff was seeing it, nor the mystery place where life is finding his meaning as Rimbaud claim it or simply the only place on the planet to call home as Henry de Monfreid consider it.

 

Djibouti is foremost a world example of cohabitation, of peaceful harmony of peoples and languages, all creating a perfect home, an abode where everybody is building and uniting costumes, traditions and legacies.

Where if not in Djibouti you can see in the same city the rich cultural landscape the beautiful mosque Hamoudi , the crowded markets of Menelik Square or African quarter, churches, coffee, hides and tobacco?

All united in a perfect melting pot that speaks of faith, history, rich traditions and patrimony.

Djibouti it is also all about water in the same proportions as is all about desert.

No wonder Djibouti was placed to stay guard to the Red Sea and Bab El Mandeb as here everything is valued in water: water of the tears of happiness for travelers who reached Djibouti after perilous journeys, of sweat from the caravans coming from far and wide, even the decision of Leonce Lagarde  to build a city on Ras al Djibouti was taken pondering the wealth of water of the region.

The first President of Djibouti, Hassan Gouled Aptidon explain most clearly this unique role of melting pot of culture and costumes of Djibouti at the crossroads of the world.

Djibouti is that unique place, he said, where we met the creeds of the peoples of herds and milk and those of the peoples of grain and grapes.

Here is the place where the traveler can meet, in the same space of time and place, the creations specific to the nomadic civilization and to the urban and settlers way of life.

If the political figure penned such a clear vision of Djibouti as the place of communion of different cultures and garbs and creeds the poet has also a similar vision: Djibouti is not at the shores of the ocean, it is at the fringes of the desert. This is the secret of his sweet magnet: the city is build by the sea but his people are belonging to the desert.

What other place on this planet can boost being the place where man`s of sand and land are living in a city of water and salt.

 

Djibouti is this unique spot:  a place of magic!

The magic of the beginning of Earth`s history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.

Djibouti is the magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this place and in turn they give Djibouti a name in the cultural history of the world.

The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.

The magic of nature: the all-powerful desert, the lowest place on African continent: Lake Assal, the still creating miracle of earth creation along the shores of Lake Abbe, the place where whales are coming to give the miracle of life and birth.

In a way maybe this is the magic of Djibouti: is the place where always life is finding a way, is recreating and creating for millions of years.

We could highlight the wonders of Tadjoura, the famed city of the seven mosques, the fabled places of Obock, end of the road of coffee and start of the journeys on sea for hundreds of years or the perfect place that Djibouti city is offering for visitors: melting pot, center of cultures, traditions or creeds coming together to build a model, to build a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 

All these are world treasures of cultural and historical value and significance that are part of the miracle that is Djibouti: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

We hope and trust that the inscription of Djibouti on the list of WORLD CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM together with the continuous exertions of the government of President Ismail Omar Gulleh will make the city not only the center of tourism, of culture but a place where the future and past are intertwined together.

Your Excellency Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Republic of Djibouti

It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the highest representative leader of people and tourism of REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI the award and regalia’s for DJIBOUTI – THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

POÉTES, HOMME d’ÉTAT ET NATURE INCROYABLE RAMPORTÉ A DJIBOUTI LA PLACE D`HONORE: LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME

POÉTES, HOMME d’ÉTAT ET NATURE INCROYABLE RAMPORTÉ A DJIBOUTI LA PLACE D`HONORE: LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME

DISCOURS POUR

DJIBOUTI: LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME

 

 

DÉCLARATION OFFICIELLE DE

S.E. PROFESSEUR DR. ANTON CARAGEA

 

PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL EUROPÉEN DU TOURISME ET DU COMMERCE

Votre Excellence Académicien Ismail Omar Guelleh, Président de la République de Djibouti

Son Excellence Monsieur Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Premier Ministre de la République de Djibouti

Son Excellence, M. Mahmoud Ali Youssef, Ministre des affaires étrangères de la République de Djibouti

Membres distingué du Gouvernement de Djibouti, membres du Parlement de Djibouti, distingués membres du corps diplomatique

Estimé invités,

Tout protocole observé,

C’est aujourd’hui un moment historique pour le tourisme mondial et pour l’Afrique, puisque nous sommes réuni ici pour marquer la reconnaissance de DJIBOUTI en tant que membre de la liste mondiale des CAPITALES  DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.

Djibouti devient ainsi la première ville d’Afrique à être reconnue par les institutions touristiques mondiales comme un centre touristique, un exemple de culture et un modèle de développement au XXIe siècle.

 

Depuis sa création, le programme de LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME a été construit autour de la décision des institutions du tourisme mondiales: Le CONSEIL EUROPÉEN DU TOURISME ET DU COMMERCE et l`ACADÉMIE DU TOURISME EUROPÉEN d’offrir au monde des exemples de développement touristique harmonieux, modele  de protection du potentiel historique et du patrimoine  naturel et modèle des pays offrent des opportunités de croissance pour tous.

Le programme du LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME fait aujourd’hui partie de l’AGENDA POUR L’HUMANITÉ et est universellement reconnue comme un effort ambitieux destiné à établir une liste mondiale des villes et régions qui englobent l’héritage de l’humanité, qui abritent des traditions et des costumes uniques ou accueillants trésors naturels considérés comme ayant une valeur exceptionnelle et universelle.

Aujourd’hui, il n’y a pas d’autre effort global avec l’ampleur et la portée du programme pour LE CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.

S.E. Professeur Dr. Anton Caragea – Président du Conseil Europeen du Tourisme et du Commerce.

A ce jour, cela fait partie de l’Agenda des Objectifs de Développement Durable, partie intégrante des actions de l’Assemblée Parlementaire pour la réalisation des Objectifs de Développement Durable et partie intégrante des efforts globaux destinés à éradiquer les inégalités, assurer la croissance, développer l’éducation et les opportunités culturelles et soutenir les politiques d’investissement et de développement et d’intégration aux niveaux global.

Sur cette note, je dois saluer les efforts de l’administration conduit avec sagesse et vision par l’académicien Ismail Omar Guelleh, président de la République de Djibouti et ses engagement à réaliser l’Agenda 2030 pour les Objectifs de Développement Durable des Nations Unies et à faire en sorte que DJIBOUTI soit et continue d’être une place de développement, de créativité, d’encouragement de la libre entreprise et d’initiative pour tous ceux qui viennent dans cette belle pays et rayonnant capitale .

Je dois également exprimer ma gratitude à l’équipe efficace et plain de bonne volonté du ministère des Affaires étrangères de Djibouti M. Mahmoud Ali Youssef énergiquement représenté par l’ambassade à Paris par l`ambassadeur Ayed Mousseid Yahya qu’ils avaient créé les efforts de promotion diplomatiques et touristiques puissants qui ont conduit à ce moment quand nous couronnons Djibouti comme LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.

 

S.E. Académicien Ismail Omar Guelleh, Président de la République de Djibouti.

 

Ils ont prouvé leur dévouement au peuple fier de Djibouti et leur engagement envers les politiques et la vision plain d`énergie et de passion pour cette terre de S.E. Académicien Ismail Omar Guelleh, Président de la République de Djibouti

 

 Nous devons maintenant répondre à la question fondamentale: pourquoi DJIBOUTI est-il consacré aujourd’hui comme UNE DES CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME?

Que vont trouver ici les voyageurs, les visiteurs et les simples passants?

Quel est l’héritage de l’humanité attribuable au peuple de Djibouti?

 Tout d’abord, Djibouti est l’endroit le plus impressionnant au monde pour observer la création de la planète Terre.

Depuis le début de l’humanité, les gens ont été attirés et intéressés à trouver le point d’accès, la porte qui mène à libérer les secrets de la création de la Terre.

Djibouti détient incontestablement cette clé: la géologie et la nature y ont créé le musée en plein air de la création du monde: des volcans inachevés autour du lac Abbe et des incroyables structures du Rift est-africain visibles autour du lac Assal.

Si vous voulez comprendre comment notre planète a été créée, fonctionne et évolue après des millions d’années, vous devez venir à Djibouti: où le monde a été créé.

Le célèbre géologue français Haroun Tazieff, a eu ici, à Djibouti, l’honneur de découvrir le volcan le plus récent du monde: Ardoukôba a été réactivé après un sommeil de 3.000 ans.

Djibouti: terre d’exception et pays d’exception, le seul endroit où l’on peut assister à l’histoire géologique de notre planète.

Seulement pour ce potentiel incroyable d’un pays qui témoigne de la naissance et de la destinée de notre planète et, en vertu de cette seule raison, Djibouti méritera bien le titre de capitale mondiale.

Djibouti est en même temps un lieu de destinée et un réceptacle de la culture, un lieu unique qui sculpte les destins comme nul autre.

 

Je me souviendrai des aventures et de l’influence poétique que Djibouti a exercées sur Arthur Rimbaud qui a décidé que tout cela avait une seul signification : tout ce qui a de l’importance dans la vie, c’est d’errer entre la mer Rouge, Tadjourah, Djibouti, le lac Assal dans un voyage mystique pour lequel il a sacrifié la famille, la gloire poétique et toutes ses perspectives.

Arthur Rimbaud le poète amoureux de Djibouti.

 

Toute la gloire de cette vie s`échange juste pour un souffle d’air djiboutien.

Ce n’est pas le seul: Henry de Monfreid a fait fortune et son nom littéraire sur les merveilleuses roches d’Obock, sur les rives de Djibouti.

Le sortilège on a charme pour une vie des autres personnalités comme: Albert Londres, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Hugo Pratt et bien d’autres.

Qu’est-ce que Djibouti quelle e le secret de son magie, si puissant, qui attire à ses rivages sableux des poètes, des aventuriers, des peintres, des romanciers et tous les hommes qui ont une âme et une passion et des semelles de vent?

C’est la porte magique à la création de la Terre?

C’est l’incroyable puissance du désert?

C’est l’appel claironnant des caravanes qui font que tout le monde veut venir à Djibouti, pour partager cette renommée de la ville, la gloire et son  soleil tout-puissant?

Djibouti n’est pas seulement le portail de la création mondiale comme le voyait Haroun Tazieff, ni le lieu mystérieux où la vie trouve son sens tel que Rimbaud le revendique ou simplement le seul endroit de la planète à l’appeler maison, comme le considère Henry de Monfreid.

 

Djibouti est avant tout un exemple mondial de cohabitation, d’harmonie pacifique des peuples et des langues, le tout créant une maison parfaite, une demeure où tout le monde construit et unit les costumes, les traditions et les héritages.

Où sinon à Djibouti vous pouvez voir dans la même ville le riche paysage culturel de la belle mosquée du Hamoudi, les marchés bondés de la place Menelik ou du quartier africain, des églises, du café, des peaux et du tabac?

Tous unis dans un creuset parfait qui parle de foi, d’histoire, de riches traditions et de patrimoine.

Djibouti c’est aussi une histoire centre tout sur l’eau, sur la mer. dans les mêmes proportions que il e oriente vers le désert.

Cet ne pas étonnant que Djibouti ait été placé come vigie du garde à la Mer Rouge et à Bab El Mandeb car ici tout est valorisé dans l’eau: l’eau des larmes de bonheur pour les voyageurs qui arrivent à Djibouti après des voyages périlleux, l`eau de sueur des caravanes venant de loin.

 

Même la décision prise de Léonce Lagarde de construire une ville sur Ras al Djibouti a été prise en pensant à la richesse de l’eau de la région.

Le premier président de Djibouti, Hassan Gouled Aptidon a explique très clairement ce rôle unique de creuset de la culture et des costumes qui  Djibouti à pris a la croisée des chemins du monde.

Djibouti est cet endroit unique, a-t-il dit, où nous avons rencontré les croyances des peuples du lait  et des mutons et celles des peuples des blé et du vigne.

C’est ici que le voyageur peut rencontrer, dans le même espace de temps et de lieu, les créations propres à la civilisation nomade et au mode de vie urbain et des colons.

Si le personnage politique a écrit une vision si claire de Djibouti comme lieu de communion des différentes cultures et confessions et croyances, le poète a aussi une vision similaire: Djibouti n’est pas au bord de l’océan, il est aux confins du désert. C’est le secret de son doux aimant: la ville est construite par la mer mais son peuple appartient au désert.

Quel autre endroit sur cette planète peut se déclarer l’endroit où les hommes de sable et de terre vivent dans une ville d’eau et de sel.

Djibouti est cet endroit unique: un lieu de magie!

La magie du début de l’histoire de la Terre, le miracle géologique des portes qui garde les secrets de la Terre et un endroit où les volcans sont ressuscités après 3000 ans de sommeil.

Djibouti est la magie des poètes et des rêveurs qui ont été touchés par l’aura de ce lieu et qui à leur tour donnent à Djibouti une porte sans égale dans l’histoire culturelle du monde.

La magie des hommes qui ont créé ici des royaumes, construit des mosquées et sculpté des villes qui ont duré des centaines d’années.

La magie de la nature: le désert tout-puissant, l’endroit le plus bas du continent africain: le lac Assal, le miracle de la création de la terre sur les rives du lac Abbe, lieu où les baleines viennent témoigner de le miracle de la vie et de la naissance.

D’une certaine manière, c’est peut-être la magie de Djibouti: c’est l’endroit où la vie est toujours en train de se frayer un chemin, de recréer et de créer pendant des millions d’années.

Nous pourrions mettre en évidence les merveilles de Tadjoura, la célèbre ville des sept mosquées, les lieux légendaires d’Obock, la fin de la route du café et le début des voyages en mer depuis des centaines d’années ou l’endroit parfait que la ville de Djibouti offre aux visiteurs : centre des cultures, traditions ou croyances qui se réunissant, se mélange pour construire un modèle, construire une CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME

Tous ces trésors mondiaux de valeur culturelle et historique et de signification font partie du miracle qu’est Djibouti: LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.

Nous espérons et croyons que l’inscription de Djibouti sur la liste des CAPITALES MONDIALES DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME ainsi que les efforts continus du gouvernement du Président Ismail Omar Gulleh feront de la ville non seulement le centre du tourisme, de la culture mais aussi un lieu où le futur et le passé sont entrelacés ensemble.

Votre Excellence Académicien Ismail Omar Guelleh, président de la République de Djibouti

C’est mon privilège de remettre à Votre Excellence, en tant que plus haut représentant du peuple et du tourisme de la République de DJIBOUTI, le prix et l`insigne qui reconnaisse pour toujours  DJIBOUTI  COMME  LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DE LA CULTURE ET DU TOURISME.

 

DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has publicly signed the official decision naming DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM on April 10, 2018, in the presence of the diplomatic corps accredited to the global tourism institutions: European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy.

 

 

The induction of Djibouti as World Capital of Culture and Tourism will take place on April 19, 2018, on the occasion of the official handover ceremony to be held at Presidential Palace in Djibouti.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President (center image) announces DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM (on the left Acad. Emil Constantinescu-President of Romania).

The Spring 2018 meeting of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has taken place offering new opportunities for global cooperation and tourism development.

The meeting enjoyed the presence of the president of Romania. Academician Emil Constantinescu.

Among the decisions taken during Spring Council Meeting was the inscription of Djibouti on the list of WORLD CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has stated: among the recently inscribed candidates for the world top cultural award Djibouti is standing out as a luminary example.

 

Academician Mircea Constantinescu (European Tourism Academy) presented to Cuban Ambassador by ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea. 

In the second line(l-r): Mr. Mihai Prundianu-ECTT Chairman, Mr. Gabriel Rasvan-Presidential Adviser.

 

The country encompasses ten tentative world heritage sites on tentative list ranging from natural treasures and natural protected areas such as: Lake Assal and Lake Abbe, National Park Foret du day to the tumulus of Awellos, cave paintings of Abourma.

The capital city, Djibouti is home to a treasure trove of architectural marvels from the historical Haji Hamoudi Mosque, European Quarter (Malik Square) and African Quarter, Djibouti Cathedral and Ethiopian Church Saint Gabriel of the Sun and the cultural blending space of Les Caisses etc.

Taking under consideration the large array of traditions blending in the country from Issa and Afar cultural heritage to the French inspirations, the incredibly rich and fascinating natural landscape offered for tourists to discover and evaluating the government decisions inscribed in DJIBOUTI VISION 2035 to make tourism a pillar of development we have taken the decision to validate DJIBOUTI candidature for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM designation.

 

 

Ambassadors from Cuba, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Armenia on European Council on Tourism and Trade ceremony for DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

In the presence of the diplomatic corps and registered members of the Executive Board of the European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proceeded to the public signing of the decree to that effect.

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More about WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is accessible here:

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM-official website

AFRICAN TOURISM ON THE RISE

ARGUMENTS FOR DJIBOUTI AS A TOURISM CENTER

DJIBOUTI: NO.5 ECONOMY IN THE WORLD(World Bank)

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European Tourism Academy Director, Academician Mircea Constantinescu presented for the diplomatic corps present for the occasion the LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT that will be addressed to H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh marking his selection as the new Academician member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY.

 

 

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President announces the decision: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is DJIBOUTI.

 

President Ismail Omar Guelleh has succeeded in carving out on Djibouti a space for international peace and security and in making Djibouti a key to African continent peace and security.

Today Djibouti is ensuring security along the Red Sea, is opening African continent to trade and riches and commercial exchanges and has succeeded in making Djibouti in a pole of economic growth.

 

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More about WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT can be observed here:

PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH NAMED WORLD LEADER IN DEVELOPMENT

LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT 

PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA NAMED WORLD LEADER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM

GLOBAL TOURISM INSTITUTION APPOINTS WORLD LEADERS FOR DEVELOPMENT

PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA RECEIVES THE LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS

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Djibouti has supported the building of Addis Ababa –Djibouti railroad, has constructed Africa`s bigger deepwater seaport, has garnered top-notch investments and rise up on being number five economy in the world in term of annual growth.

These are the achievements of an adroit, powerful and visionary leader that is creating growth where it was only poverty and opportunities where there was only despair and a miracle where it was only desert, outlined the merits of the new academician Professor Mircea Constantinescu.

 

Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996-2000) mentioned that recognizing Djibouti as a world center of culture and tourism and electing President Ismail Omar Guelleh to the highest academic rank are perfect connection supporting Europe and Africa cooperation and future relations.

 

Signing the official decrees for DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and for H.E. President ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH as ACADEMICIAN member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY concluded the ceremonies and then a vin d’honneur was served for diplomats in attendance.

 

Other decisions taken by European Council on Tourism and Trade where: the selection of a new diplomatic partner, the celebration of European Tourism Day on December 1st, 2018 and the closing of World Best Tourist Destination candidature list on May 15th, 2018.

Photo-Album of European Council on Tourism and Trade Spring 2018 Assembly

PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH SIX ARGUMENT`S FOR PROMOTING HIS COUNTRY TOURISM

PRESIDENT ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH SIX ARGUMENT`S FOR PROMOTING HIS COUNTRY TOURISM

Africa is on the rise is a well-known trope but the rapid climbing on the top of world tourist destinations is a reality powered by booming economies, improving security, better air connectivity and of course incredible natural and historical potential.

 

A new memento of this (we hope) unstoppable march toward tourism status was the decision of global tourism institution – EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE to recognize President of Djibouti as a global leader in tourism development.

To mark this fortunate moment for Africa`s development and to mark down an African vision we present our readers with six accomplishments that are placing President Ismail Omar Guelleh achievements on the top of African and world tourism leadership.

 

President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh was elected as a member of European Tourism Academy and has received the Letter addressed to world leaders in tourism and development in recognition of his visionary leadership in related to tourism.

 

Here are six arguments that can solid present his case:

Air Djibouti

Air Djibouti has succeeded a new re-birth starting with cargo activities in 2015 and started again to fly across the world: “Djibouti is reconfirming his strategic position in the international commerce, global transport and it is centrally positioned at the heart of the second most important maritime trade line in the world” marked Aboubaker Omar Hadi, president of Port and Free Trade Authority of Djibouti in a public ceremony on the tarmac of Djibouti airport.

 

New air travel connections will start in 2017, linking Asia and Europe with Africa welcoming around 200.000 passengers per year on board of his flights.

Djibouti Airport

Djibouti Airport and Djibouti Air are both state-owned companies that are proving that in a highly competitive market they can still impose themselves, bring profit and attract international costumers as long as they are well-managed.

Visa on arrival

Djibouti is one of the world most accommodating to world tourists offering visa on arrival to a large number of citizens from Europe, Asia and Africa.

European Journal of Tourism Visa Openness 2018 evaluation placed Djibouti on the second position among African countries in term of friendliness for tourism entry and visa facilities.

Djibouti City: a well-groomed city

 

In contrast to many other world cities, the capital of Djibouti is a safe, clean and order city ranking year after year on top of best cities to live in.

Security

Security is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most important issues in promoting tourism.

Djibouti is an example of order and with the country hosting military bases of United States, France and China you could be well safe in this nation that is enjoying a perfect security situation and is a proven exporter of stability throughout Africa.

 


You can read more about tourism and development on:

LETTER ADDRESSED TO WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM FOR CAMBODIA

LETTER ADDRESSED TO WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM FOR ETHIOPIA

GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM: ACADEMICIAN HUN SEN

PHNOM PENH-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


 

World class hotels

Djibouti city is renowned for the great numbers of high-quality hotels, well-groomed offices where businessmen’s from around the world are feeling perfectly making the city a base for international trade on the continent.

With sophisticated infrastructure, Djibouti has succeeded in claiming the mantle of a regional capital for the international companies seeking to expand or making business in Eastern Africa.

You can watch DJIBOUTI WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM promotion video here: