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Cruising Through the Golden Coasts of the Dahlak Archipelago

By Yosief Abraham Z.,

Scattered like a string of pearls upon the azure, the Dahlak Archipelago and its coast were once described by Eritrean Horizon as one of “the last, great and unspoilt destinations in the world.” With more than 200 of Eritrea’s islands which belong to the Dahlak archipelago, this island chain forms the natural gateway to Eritrea, guarding the approaches to the modern port of Massawa and the ancient one of Adulis.

Topographically, the Dahlaks rise above a shallow continental shelf lying off the coast. Unless one is blessed with an unlimited amount of time, it is hardly feasible to explore the over 200 islands within a short time period. Nevertheless, even a few hours can provide a rewarding and rich snippet. Continue reading Cruising Through the Golden Coasts of the Dahlak Archipelago

Turkish Ambassador is the Guide for the Horn of Africa

In his continued effort to promote Eritrea and its underwater riches, Ambassador Firat Sunel personally guides divers from Turkey to explore the underwater life of the Dahlak Archipelago. (Photo: Turkish Embassy in Asmara)

By Gokhan Karakas | for Milliyet Newspaper,

The Embassy opened by Turkey in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea in 2013 is one of our newest diplomatic missions.

The first ever Turkish Ambassador in Eritrea, Fırat Sunel has been trying to promote this little, exotic and mysterious country which proclaimed its independence in 1993 after the 30 year long war of liberation with Ethiopia.

Ambassador Sunel believes that Eritrea, with its 2300 km coastline, 350 coral islands and with only 5.5 million population, is one of the hidden paradises on earth. He says: “I have been here for two years. Hosting 9 ethnic groups and two significant monotheistic religion such as Islam and Christianity, Eritrea is a gift of nature.”

Massawa: The Old Ottoman City

Ambassador Sunel explains that after 1555 during the era of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Eritrea became part of the Ottoman Empire. Afterwards it became an Italian colony until the World War II and was later ruled by the UK. The country proclaimed its independence in 1993. The Ambassador tells that the Sheikh Hamal and Al-Shafi Mosques from 16th century in the old Ottoman city Massawa near the Red sea are still open for prayers. Hundreds of draw wells made by the Ottomans are still in use in Dahlak Archipelago as well.

The Ambassador also says “While you are walking around old Massawa houses which were built of coral blocks, you feel like you are in a journey throughout history in Ottoman era. The country is also significant for the history of Islam. The Sahaba Mosque, built in 615 AD in Eritrea is known as the first ever mosque in which the qibla was oriented towards Jerusalem”.

Ambassador Sunel who is actively involved in many outdoor activities also guided personally to the first diver group from Turkey and showed them the beauty of the underwater life of Eritrean Red Sea. Sunel dived with one of the most prominent Turkish underwater photographer Bedri Sincar and his crew to show the coral reefs with an organization made by the diving center owned by the Eritrean Government.

7 Hour Direct Flight

The premises of the Turkish Embassy is located centrally very popular neighborhood of the city and reflects the characteristics of the early republican period architecture in Anatolia. Asmara which is also known as “Little Rome” is quite colorful with its cathedrals, mosques, bazaars, cafes and the buildings which makes you feel like you are in Italy.

The silent and safe country gets one’s attention with the smiling faces of people. The coffee culture is also as common as it is in Turkey. The coffee beans, grinded in a stone mortar by hand and roasted with the wood fire, remind us the smell and the taste that we know in Anatolia. Turkish Airlines has 7 hour direct flights from İstanbul to Asmara.


“Milliyet”, is one of the most prominent newspapers in Turkey with a daily nationwide circulation . It recently published an article about Eritrea, the Eritrean Red Sea and Ambassador Firat Sunel, the first ever Ambassador of Turkey to Eritrea.

Coal Vs.The Great Barrier Reef

The Dahlak Archipelago in Eritrea contains arguably the richest, most biologically diverse, and most spectacular coral reefs in the world

By Thomas C. Mountain,

Every year 1,000,000 tons of coal dust blows or washes onto Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This has gone on for the past decade and is set to almost quadruple in the coming years as Australia accelerates its great coal rip off. Continue reading Coal Vs.The Great Barrier Reef

Dahlak Island Resort

By TesfaNews,

This project of resort in a desert island of Dahlak archipelago is led by Qatari Diar and consists of luxury villas and bungalows. The project actually started around 2007 when Qatari Diar and Eritrean govenment signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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