Formerly known as Bandar Qasim, Bosaso serves as the main port city of Somalia. This commercial capital of the Bari region is located in the north, and situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden. A major melting pot of Somali culture, Bosaso is currently home to 434,000 residents hailing from all important clans, and sub-clans of the region. Relatively peaceful when compared to the southern parts of the country, Bosaso is presently experiencing a period of rapid growth.
Featuring several white sandy beaches along clear sea waters, Bosaso reef is a very popular tourist attraction. Other popular activities amongst visitors to Bosaso include spending time at internet cafes and coffee shops where khat, although illegal, is allegedly served. With several mountains, lakes, grasslands and wildlife spread along the outskirts of the city, Bosaso exhibits a panoramic city skyline.