The tiny African nation of Djibouti serves as a gateway to the Suez Canal, one of the world's busiest shipping routes. Its port is the lifeblood of its economy in this otherwise barren country. Due to its strategic location and relative stability, Djibouti is a prized spot for foreign military bases. Former colonial ruler France maintains a significant military presence. The country also hosts the USA's largest military base in Africa, China's first overseas military base and Japan's first military base since the Second World War. There is also military presence from several other countries like Sweden, Germany and Spain.
Tourism in Djibouti is relatively scarce.
The capital city is not large and it may take you at most a few hours to walk all the interesting parts, which are the quarters around the big square at Place Mahmoud Harbi and Place Rimbaud. The large square is a combination of a bus station and an open market. Around the market, there's a mix of french colonialism and Moorish architecture. People sit on the streets, chat, enjoy tea, chew khat and simply see the world go by.