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Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa – History

Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa - History

Haji Abdi Waraabe explained the hotel’s role in Hargeisa: “It has great importance for peace; beside its aesthetic value it has promoted settlement, the peace, solidarity, and the honour of the country. It has also promoted the interaction between the locals and expatriates.”

On 26th June, 2002, The Hotel, was opened. This date coincided with the commemoration of the forty-second anniversary of Somaliland’s independence from the British. Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa was inaugurated by the President of Somaliland Mr. Dahir Rayale Kahin and other foreign dignitaries including the British Ambassador to Ethiopia at that time, which was an indication of the importance of this endeavour for Somaliland’s development. Due to its proximity to the airport, foreign diplomats preferred to stay in the Ambassador Hotel for security reasons and Jendayi Frazer, the US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs in a brief visit to Somaliland opted to meet the President of Somaliland and other officials in the hotel. Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa has played a major role in the tremendous progress made in Somaliland’s state-building and democratisation processes over the past two decades. The Hotel has facilitated a growing engagement of the nation’s major stakeholders, the civil society and the public with neighbouring countries and the broader international community. Major discussions have taken place and decisions made inside of Ambassador Hotel including wide range of fundamental issues, including foreign policy, economic development, and the constitution of Somaliland.