In Pictures: The Beauty of Our Homeland Will Always Leave Us in Awe

Somalia is one of the best countries in the world. We have a plethora of landmarks, which shine a light on our rich history as a trading hub. Somalia was once, of course, a crucial economic centre for commerce in the ancient world.

During the Middle Ages, much of the trade in that part of the world was controlled by a handful of powerful empires of Somalis.  The port in Mogadishu still stands today, now managed primarily by Turks, and still acts as an essential import-export hub for the country. But the way it operates has undertaken some changes of recent years. The Somali government has awarded a 20-year contract in order to regenerate its best asset, which has become neglected.

The result? Modern container ships have now replaced rickety wooden dhows, cranes can be observed towering over ships loading and unloading cargo destined for locations all over the globe. This activity has been accompanied by a huge surge in revenue, traffic and jobs around the port.

But our cultural heritage is not the only thing that makes Somalia a great place to visit; we also have a flurry of practically untouched natural beauty spots. From the largely deserted coastline to the imposing port to the range of historical buildings to the natural rock pools, here are some reasons that you should consider visiting Somalia in the near future.

Somalia has some of the best natural swimming pools, fashioned by mother nature out of rock, that we’ve ever seen.

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The bustling city of Mogadishu still has a sense of being a cultural and economic hub.

Daallo Mountain, a national park in the northern Sanaag region, forms as part of the Ogo Mountains. And it’s hard to think of a more breathtakingly alluring location.

Kismayo, a port city in the southern Lower Juba province, is the commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region. it’s fairly secluded with some amazing coastline to explore.

Somali architecture consists of a range of different construction types, the land is littered with ancient buildings to discover.

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