Tripoli Tourism, Libya

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Tripoli (Arabic: طرابلس‎‎, Ṭarābulus; Berber: Ṭrables) is the capital city and the largest city of Libya. Tripoli, with its metropolitan area, has a population of about 1.1 million people. The city is located in the northwestern part of Libya on the edge of the desert, on a point of rocky land projecting into the Mediterranean and forming a bay.Tripoli includes the Port of Tripoli and the country's largest commercial and manufacturing centre. It is also the site of the University of Tripoli. The vast Bab al-Azizia barracks, which includes the former family estate of Muammar Gaddafi, is also located in the city. Colonel Gaddafi largely ruled the country from his residence in this barracks. Tripoli was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, who named it Oea. Due to the city's long history, there are many sites of archaeological significance in Tripoli. "Tripoli" may also refer to the shabiyah (top-level administrative division in the current Libyan system), the Tripoli District. Tripoli is also known as Tripoli-of-the-West (Arabic: طرابلس الغرب‎‎ Ṭarābulus al-Gharb), to distinguish it from its Phoenician sister city Tripoli, Lebanon known in Arabic as Ṭarābulus al-Sham (طرابلس الشام) meaning "Levantine Tripoli". It is affectionately called The Mermaid of the Mediterranean (Arabic: عروسة البحر‎‎ ʼarūsat el-baḥr; lit: "bride of the sea"), describing its turquoise waters and its whitewashed buildings. Tripoli English pronunciation: /ˈtrɪpəli/ is a Greek name that means "Three Cities", introduced in Western European languages through the Italian Tripoli. In Arabic: طرابلس‎‎ it is called Ṭarābulus (, Libyan Arabic: Ṭrābləs , Berber: Ṭrables, from Ancient Greek: Τρίπολις Trípolis). Compare Sanskrit, "tri" meaning the number 3, and "pura" meaning a fortress, castle, city or town. Hence, in Sanskrit "Tripura" also means "Three Cities".

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Facts and Stats for Tripoli*

  • Pollution Statistics in Tripoli

    Know the pollution level of Tripoli before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 26.39 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 40.28 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.94 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 56.94 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 30.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 54.69 (Moderate)
  • Tripoli: Crime and Safety

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

    • Burglary and Theft 52.83 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 65.09 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 65.09 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70.28 (High)
    • Car Stealing 66.83 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.21 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 53.3 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.38 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 55.66 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 32.55 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.56 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 45.19 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.17 (Moderate)
  • Living in Tripoli - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Tripoli is 140.7 (High)

    • Safety Index 39.8 (Low)
    • Climate Index 96.45 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 43.38 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.35 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 51.59 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.21 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 58.45 (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 Tripoli

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Tripoli

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.55 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 95.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 146.42 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 97.43 USD

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

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