MEKELLE

MEKELLE CITY - awaits a bright feature

Mekelle is the capital city of the Tigrai National Regional State. According to local historians was founded in the 13th century. However, its heyday came soon after Emperor Yohannes IV was crowned as king of kings of Ethiopia (1872-1889). It spreads out on a plain and partly encircled by a chain of mountains, according to the 2007 census G.C Mekelle covers 24.29 km square and has population of about 214,806. Set 2200 meters above sea level it enjoys good weather all the year round.  Mekelle has more recently become a town where rapid political and economic developments are taking place. It is also becoming an educational center, with amazing proliferation of institutions of public and private higher learning. It owns international standard Airport. With the tree-lined avenues and parks, Mekelle caters several modest hotels as well as restaurants, which serve both traditional and international cuisine. To date, nine star level hotels have been awarded certificate of merit. More hotels and restaurants are expected to receive their “stars”. The city has ample medical services and good telecommunication system, which links it to the rest of the country and the world. Its banks change US dollars and other strong currencies. It provides a useful base for visit to the nearby rock-hewn churches of Tigrai.  The town is also well known as a transit point for the camel caravans bringing salt up from the arid lands of the Danakil Depression. Intrepid visitors can also make excursions into the Danakil to visit some of the Afar nomads that trek across the region.