Dar Es Salaam Tourism, Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam (from Arabic: دار السلام‎‎ Dār as-Salām, literally "the abode of peace"; or simply Dar, formerly Mzizima) is the largest city of Tanzania and the largest city in eastern Africa by population, as well as a regionally important economic centre. It is Tanzania's most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film and television. It is Tanzania's leading financial centre with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) being the country's first and most important stock exchange market. Dar es Salaam is the largest and most populous Swahili speaking city in the world. It is the capital of the Dar es Salaam Region administrative province and consists of five boroughs or administrative districts: northern Kinondoni, central Ilala, Ubungo, southern Temeke, and Kigamboni. The city is the leading arrival and departure point for most tourists who visit tourism areas in Tanzania like the national parks for safaris and the islands of Zanzibar. The region had a population of 4,364,541 as of the official 2012 census. Although Dar es Salaam lost its status as the nation's capital to Dodoma in 1974 (not completed until 1996), it remains the focus of the permanent central government bureaucracy.

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Facts and Stats for Dar Es Salaam*

  • Pollution Statistics in Dar Es Salaam

    Know the pollution level of Dar Es Salaam before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 64.06 (High)
    • Water Pollution 80.88 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 73.33 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 85.71 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 65.63 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 73.08 (High)
  • Dar Es Salaam: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Dar Es Salaam for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Dar Es Salaam.

    • Burglary and Theft 62.84 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 71.79 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 65.13 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 95.14 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 48.68 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 76.97 (High)
    • Attacks 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 55.41 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 56.41 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 20.51 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.72 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 39.47 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.87 (High)
  • Living in Dar Es Salaam - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Dar Es Salaam is 86.28 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 35.63 (Low)
    • Climate Index 71.28 (High)
    • Pollution Index 81.05 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 46.32 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 54.76 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.18 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 29.12 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Dar Es Salaam

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Dar Es Salaam

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 45.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 36.98 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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