Internationally recognized as an autonomous region, Hargeisa is the second largest city of Somalia. Located within the northwestern region of the country, Hargeisa has been one of the safest places in Somalia for foreigners. Situated at an elevation of 4,377 feet above mean sea level, Hargeisa is home to a population of 2 million residents. Peaceful and friendly, Hargeisa City is a major commercial hub for retail services, construction, precious stone-cutting, imports and exports amongst other activities.
Sprawled within a valley in the Galgodon-Ogo highlands, Hargeisa cityscape displays plenty of rock-art from the Neolithic period. Featuring a milder climate than the Gulf of Aden coastal areas due to the heights, Hargeisa temperatures generally range between 13 and 32 degrees Celsius. Served by the Hargeisa International Airport offering scheduled flights to Addis Ababa, Djibouti City, Dubai and other African destinations, Hargeisa also maintains public and private menageries housing regional animals like lions, leopards, antelopes, birds and reptiles.