Moroni ( HAH )
City Guide, Moroni
Moroni (in Arabic موروني Mūrūnī) is the largest city, federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean. In Comorian, Moroni translates as "in the heart of the fire", perhaps alluding to the city's location at the foot of Mount Karthala, an active volcano. Moroni is the capital of the semi-autonomous island Grande Comore, the largest of the three main islands of the republic. The city's estimated population in 2003 was 41,557 residents. Moroni, which lies along the Route Nationale 1, has a port and several mosques such as the Badjanani Mosque.
Comoros islands do not belong to popular tourist destinations - but there is enormous potential. Islands are very poor - but the scenery is beyond gorgeous, local towns and villages may be dirty but people - friendly and welcoming.
Historical towns. The value of ancient Comoran towns is not yet appreciated. These towns today are poor and mostly - very dirty, but they represent a unique blend of Persian and Swahili art and construction traditions. Comoran towns have narrow, crooked streets with centuries old buildings, many buildings here are adorned with traditional woodcarvings.
Biodiversity. Unique place is Mount Karthala near the capital of Comoros. Near the summit of this giant volcano grows the only forest of heath Erica comorensis, here live birds and other animals which are not met anywhere else in the world. But elsewhere in Comoros are found unique ecosystems as well.
Culture and entertainment
Comorian residents call their Country Masiwa , "the islands," or refer to the individual name of each island. Zisiwa za Komor is a translation of the French words for the country. "Comoro" comes from the Arabic qumr , "the moon" or qamar "whiteness".
Although Comorians practice Sunni Islam of the Chafeite rite, their social organization is matrilineal and residency is matrilocal. Social life is characterized by a widespread system of exchange, which, in turn, creates customary ceremonies and rituals ( aida, shungu ), particularly the Great Weddings ( ndoola nkuu, arusi ). Everyone participates as a member of a given lineage or age group, or as a member of a gender-specific association.
One must respect and greet one's elders regardless of their social status. A woman may not go out without a head veil. The wife eats in the kitchen with the children; the husband eats at the dinner table or in the living room, where he may invite a parent or friend. Master in his wife's house, a man must behave with dignity and authority.
Food and drink
Food in Daily Life. Rice is the staple of the daily diet, along with manioc and other root vegetables, plantains, fresh and dried fish, and milk from grated coconuts. Food taboos provide a way to establish connections and acknowledge identity.
Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. Ceremonial dishes include beef and castrated goat served with white rice and curdled milk as well as enormous cakes. Another traditional dish is gruel or porridge made with the dried fruit of sago palms. French cuisine and imported beverages are becoming prevalent.
Vanilla, cloves, copra, and ylang ylang, which gave the Comoros the name "Perfume Islands," account for most exports to France, Germany, and the United States. Comorians import construction materials, food, and petroleum.
Moroni City Map
|Company:.||Matembezi Travel & Tourism|
|Mailing Address:||Itsambouni Moroni|
|Phone:||00 269 773 04 22/33 04 00 00|
|Fax:||269 773 00 75|
|Mailing address:||Po box 514 MORONI ITSAMBOUNI|
|Phone:||+269 773 04 22 Mob: +269 333 04 00|
|Working hours:||08:00-3.30 Mon-Thursday, 08:00-12:00 Friday- Saturday, Sunday/public holidays closed|
|Airport:||Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (HAH)|
|Phone:||Currently no office due no space available at HAH APT ;|