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Dar es Salam whose name translates as ‘House of Peace’ in Arabic is the capital of the Eastern African country of Tanzania. The city was founded on the site of a fishing village was called Mzizima by Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar in 1866.
After the death of the Sultan, Dar es Salam’s growth was halted somewhat and the town stagnated but it was revived when the German East India Africa Company established a station in the town. The Germans also made Dar es Salam an important administrative and commercial center and they chalked out its Central Railway Line in the early 20th century.
The British gained control of Dar es Salam and rest of German East Africa after the First World War and went on to rename the region Tanganika though they continued to maintain Dar es Salam as a center of administration and commerce. During this time, Dar es Salam developed as a city which had two distinct sections, one which was the abode of the Europeans and the other which was the abode of the native people. Dar es Salam, was also at this time inhabited by a substantial population of South Asians .
After the Second World War ended, Dar es Salam and the rest of Tanganyika experienced many political developments as the Tanganyika African National Union was formed. This organization helped Tanganyika attain independence from colonial rule in December 1961. Dar es Salam continued to hold its eminent position as the capital of Tanganyika even after Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged in 1964 to form the country of Tanzania. In 1973, a proposal was floated to shift the capital to Dodoma but until today Dar es Salam continues to function as the primary city of Tanzania.
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The Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair
The Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair is held annually on the 7th of July. This date is known as Saba Saba which translates as Seven Seven or the seventh day of the seventh month. Saba Saba is also known as Workers Day and is a National Holiday in Tanzania. The International Trade Fait is held at the Mwalimu JK Nyerere Fair Grounds every year. The event originated over thirty years ago as an event to showcase Tanzanian exports. Today the event features more than 1500 exhibitors who hail not only from Tanzania but also from other African countries. The International Trade Fair is open to the public as well as business visitors from Tanzania and abroad
The Hindu festival of Diwali is also celebrated with much pomp and ceremony in Dar es Salaam which continues to have a large South Asian population. This festival of light features fireworks, new clothes, sweet meats and much feasting as people enjoy the festival in the company of friends and family.
Visa 2 Dance
This contemporary dance festival is held in Dar es Salaam annually in the month of October. The festival is a joint project which is organized by the FLUSSO dance project, the Mionzi dance theatre and the Mawazo Gallery. The festival features workshops, forum and seminars, and dance video sessions. The festival attracts participants from not only Tanzania but various other countries like Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Germany, Italy, USA, and Zimbabwe.
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Airlines like Ethiopian, Emirates, South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad and Kenya Airways connect the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne to Dar es salam The flight times of these journeys depend on the route that you choose to take and the stops that you are compelled to make but typically these journeys usually extend over 20 hours.
Australia does not presently have a diplomatic mission in Tanzania and the country is covered by the Australian High Commission of Kenya in Nairobi.