Tanzania’s business hub, Dar es Salaam is a relatively modern city, a little more than a century old that has an old world charm.
Translated as ‘Haven of Peace’, it is the largest city and the political and economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre of the entire East African region.
The city displays the many influences of its history. There is an Asian district with tea rooms and restaurants and Hindu temples, while the German colonization left behind a Bavarian style Railway Station, a Roman Catholic Cathedral and a Lutheran Church. Its mixture of Arabic, Asian and European history gives a special atmosphere to surroundings, streets and life. It is, however, a Swahili city. The first quality that the visitor notices is the extreme friendliness of the people – beaming smiles, enthusiastic conversation at the drop of a hat.