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Learn about Dar-es-Salaam, including its rich history, the development of its tolerant society and how it became such a bustling hub of commerce..

Dar-es-Salaam is Tanzania's business, travel and cultural hub, located  on the eastern coast of East Africa, with beautiful sandy beaches and direct connectivity to some of Africa's best natural attractions. 

Dar-es-Salaam is the main arrival and departure point for most tourists who visit Tanzania, including the national parks for safaris and the islands of Zanzibar.

Dar-es-Salaam is Tanzania's leading commercial and finacial centre. All major banks, multinational companies and major local businesses are located in the city. The port of Dar-es Salaam is Tanzania's main port and serves six other neighbouring countries.




Dar-es-Salaam city is the capital of the extensive Dar-es-Salaam Region, which is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. Dar-es-Salaam region consists of five districts: Kinondoni in the north, Ilala in the centre, Ubungo, Temeke in the south and Kigamboni in the east across the Kurasini creek. The region had a population of 4,364,541 as of the official 2012 census.

Dar-es-Salaam's origin have been influenced by the arabs, the Germans and the British. Dar-es-Salaam, the "Haven of Peace", was founded in 1862 by Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar on the site of the fishing village of Mzizima. The city was later the administrative and commercial capital of German East Africa. After the First World War, Dar-es-Salaam became administrative and commercial centre under indirect British rule. Today Dar-es-Salaam has become Tanzania's largest city, and the largest metropolitan city in East Africa with important port that serves Tanzania and six other neighbouring countries.


Dar es Salaam's unique mixture of African, Asian, and European communities, together with major regional harbour, dynamic business ecosystem, beautiful beaches, chaotic markets, and rich history, offers memorable destination in Africa.