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Dire Dhawa
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Dire Dawa
Dire Dawa skyline
Dire Dawa skyline
Flag of Dire Dhawa
Official seal of Dire Dhawa
Nickname(s): Dire Dhawa
Country Ethiopia
Region Dire Dawa
Zone Dire Dawa
District Dire Dawa
Founded 24 December 1902
 • City 1,213 km2 (468 sq mi)
Elevation 1,276 m (4,189 ft)
Population (2015)
 • City 440,000
 • Density 4,530/km2 (11,700/sq mi)
 • Urban 277,000
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Area code(s) (+251) 25
Carts of Ashawa
Ashawa market in Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is one of two chartered cities in Ethiopia. The other chartered city is Addis Ababa, the capital. It is divided administratively into two woredas, the city proper and the non-urban woreda of Gurgura.

It is on the Dechatu River. The western outskirts of the city are on the Gorro River.

The Dire Dawa University was created in 2006.

Notable people from Dire Dawa

  • Ali Birra
  • Ato Hussein Ismail
  • Luciano Violante

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