Djibouti - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

There is very limited interaction/clubs in the expat circle: it tends to be quite insular within each embassy, with the exception of school-based interactions. The major activities in common focus on diving/snorkel trips during the winter. There are a few social events that are widely attended (e.g. wine and cheese night at the major hotel) - May 2022

The embassy provides opportunities to meet locals and other groups. You have to make an effort to go out and meet them too and join in their activities. - Apr 2018

A popular activity among Embassy staff and expats is Dolphin Excursions. They have the Djibouti Divers Club, snorkeling, and beach excursions available year round (except August). Many French families take their boats out to Moucha and Maskali Islands on the weekends. There are also trips to Lac Assal, Lac Abbe, and White Sands beach. The French Institute has great cultural programs and the Embassy sponsors a monthly American film (subtitled in French) -çais-de-Djibouti-483613261744341/ Most people socialize over one another's homes for dinners and parties. Downtown Djibouti-ville has restaurants and nightclubs that are popular among expats and some younger Djiboutians. - Jun 2016

Lots of house parties. - Feb 2013

Unfortunately, not much is going on here. There are a few CLO events here and there, but nothing regular (sadly, no end-of-the-week Happy Hour to look forward to). There are some people within the community who throw parties, but it seems to always be the same few folks. - Apr 2010

If you like bars, yes. If not, then not much. - Apr 2008

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