With the population of more than four million people, Addis Ababa is not only the political capital but also the economic and social nerve center of Ethiopia. And also the seat of the Africa Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Major Regional headquarters, more than 90 embassies and consulates.
Emperor Menelik II founded Addis as a capital city in 1887. This big, sprawling, hospitable city still bears the stamp of his exuberant personality. More than 220 square kilometers in area, Addis Ababa is situated at the foothill of the 3,200 meter. Entoto Mountains, and rambles pleasantly across many wooded hillside and gullies cut with fast flowing steams. Wide tree lined streets, fine architecture, glory weather and the incongruity of donkey trains along the boulevards make Addis a city of surprise and a delightful place to explore. The clear mountain air gives the city bracing atmosphere of a summer highland resort. It enjoys a mild climate, with an altitude ranges from 2200m to 2500m and with average of 61 degree Fahrenheit.
Addis Ababa which literally means ‘‘New Flower’’ stands at the very heart of Ethiopia and there is much to do and to see. The city has a flourishing cultural life, with regular exhibition and lectures. There are many opportunities to experience Ethiopian music, songs and dance, to visit museums and to see the city sights.