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Djibouti is a small, dirt-poor country in the Horn of Africa and as such,
you wouldn't expect the list of Djibouti's casinos to be very long. You
would be right in such a speculation for the list of Djibouti's casinos
is indeed short, totaling precisely one.

It is the Grand Casino de Djibouti and Sheraton Hotel, in the capital of
the country, also called Djibouti. As the city, the county (or
administrative area perhaps), and country are all called Djibouti, this
means that...


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Djibouti is a small, dirt-poor country in the Horn of Africa and as such,
you wouldn't expect the list of Djibouti's casinos to be very long. You
would be right in such a speculation for the list of Djibouti's casinos
is indeed short, totaling precisely one.

It is the Grand Casino de Djibouti and Sheraton Hotel, in the capital of
the country, also called Djibouti. As the city, the county (or
administrative area perhaps), and country are all called Djibouti, this
means that the only one of Djibouti's casinos thus has the unlikely
address of Plateau de Serpent, Djibouti, Djibouti, Djibouti. Not all that
important we know, but then it is interesting, don't you think? As is
right for such a powerhouse in the world's listings of casinos, the Grand
has two roulette tables, two blackjack ,and some 40 slot machines of
various types.

The reality that Djibouti is unlikely to add to this list much in the
near term seems a reasonable bet in and of itself. The country has
recently finished a civil war between the two major tribes, the Afars and
the Issas (originally a French colony, before being named French
Somaliland it was known as the Land of the Afars and the Issas). The
young men of each of the Afars were supposed to mark their entry into
adulthood by killing one of the Issas, much as the Masai were expected to
kill a lion. Given that their close ethnic kin inhabit the rest of
Somalia, this might help to explain the problems the Americans had with
their aid mission there.)

In common with other places ruled by military strongmen, whoever manages
to get the most guns together to take over the State, the place is an
economic mess. An unemployment rate of near 50% and near general
destitution of the entire populace means that any list of Djibouti's
casinos is unlikely to expand any time soon. Two thirds of the population
live in the capital city or just near it; almost everyone else being
nomadic herders. The one casino that does exist is more a place where
those very few who control the country can go to show off, rather than
anything that we would regard as an interesting casino to visit.

In fact, given that the economy has shrunk per capita by 35% in recent
years, both as a result of that civil war and the other wars going on in
surrounding countries (the collapse of Somalia, the war between Ethiopia
and Eritrea, the ongoing civil wars in Sudan), it's actually a little
surprising that the list of Djibouti's casinos is as long as it is.

				
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