Most travellers who come to Awdal are simply passing through on their way to Djibouti. Although often ignored by the few tourists who make it to the country, this administrative region of the self-declared republic of Somaliland is a destination in its own right. Named after the ancient Adal Sultanate, the Awdal region now carries little of the wealth and power that once existed. However, it is not completely devoid of interesting sites, with the old ruins of Zeila and spectacular coastline well worth a visit.

Typical landscape of Awdal... a whole lot of nothing.

In 2010, the regional government attempted to secede from the Somaliland government, which itself had seceded from the Somali Government in Mogadishu. It proposed the establishment of a state called Awdalland, although from the traveller's point of view, travelling in the region is much like the rest of Somaliland. Geologically, the region lies in the Arabian Plate.

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A view over Borama, the regional capital.

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  • 1 Abasa   - ancient town with several impressive ruins

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There is an international airport in Borama with a surprising number of destinations and services. Daallo Airlines had operated flights to Hargeisa, Bosaso, Burao, Galkacyo, Mogadishu, Djibouti, Addis Ababa, Dubai and Jeddah.

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An ancient mosque in Zeila.

The main drawcards to the Awdal region are the ruined buildings in Zeila, as well as the northern coastline with the Gulf of Aden.

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