Driving around Africa : Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

       Abidjan is the largest city in Cote D’Ivoire. Abidjan is a chic metropolis with a magical mix of Africa and a sprinkle of American and French lifestyles.Abidjan is located on the Ebrie Lagoon on the Gulf of Guinea in the south-east coast of Cote d’Ivoire. According to the 2014 Ivory Coast census, Abidjan’s population was 4.7 million, which is 20 percent of the overall population of the country. the larger metropolitan area of Abidjan had 5,060,858 inhabitants

         In 1983, the city of Yamoussoukro was designated as the official political capital of Cote d’Ivoire. However, almost all political institutions and foreign embassies continue to be located in Abidjan. Because Abidjan is also the largest city in the country and the centre of its economic activity, it has officially been designated as the “economic capital” of the country.

      The city is divided into two halves linked by the 592-metre long Boulevard de Gaulle box girder bridge.The country has spent a lot of money on developing its infrastructure and is ranked among the top holiday destinations in Africa. Last year it received record total of 1.572 million visitors.The city has some plush and run-down parts. The city’s business hub is in the La Plateau and Cocody neighbourhoods while wealthy Lebanese, French and the diplomatic community live in Deux Plateau — the wealthiest neighbourhood.

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There is currently a project to expand Abidjan port
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Cocody is a very wealthy neighborhood in Abidjan

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They are building a 800 million dollar resort called Yed Valley

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There is a new metro tramway being planned in Abidjan
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Tai National Park

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Grand Bassam

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$200 million Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, which easily ranks as among the largest in the world with an area of 320,000 square feet and height of 518 feet. It was built by President Boigny at an estimated cost of $200 million.

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