The History of Our City
Galdogob has a population of around 300,000. Galdogob is strategically located on one of the oldest roads going into Ethiopia's portion of the Somali-majority Ogaden. It is a spot to rest for Somali travelers heading to and from Addis Ababa, Werder, Djibouti, Jijiga, Dire Dawa, and Geladi. Over 100 buses and heavy trucks pass through the city daily.
Galdogob is a rapidly growing city. It has the largest hospital in Somalia. It has a very reliable electricity and telecommunications sector. The city's fresh water is provided by the Galdogob Water System (GWS), which was founded by a group of local businessmen. All this has helped Galdogob develop into a large, urban town. It was, and still is, one of the most peaceful districts of Somalia during and after the fifteen-year absence of a central Somali national government. Visitors to Galdogob will find high-speed internet cafés, hotels, taxis, and all kinds of creature comforts. Education plays a vital role in the lives of the people, and private schools teach computer skills, English, mathematics, science, and Islamic studies. Galdogob International Airport is undergoing the final stages of the AFIN project, and is expected to be finished in early 2012.
Galdogob also has a thriving livestock industry: hundreds of thousands of camels, sheep, goats and cattle are purchased here and shipped through the busy port of Bosaso every year. The city's livestock trade is at its most brisk during the hajj period, when over a hundred thousand heads of livestock are sold and shipped to the Gulf states again through Bosaso. Galdogob has recently also seen the arrival of migrants from the more southernly areas of Somalia seeking work and a safer place to live.
With the Horn of Africa Free Zone Authority (HAFZA) undertaking a rail transport project in the city, Galdogob is soon to serve as a point of transfer for the movement of goods between Somalia and Ethiopia.