Zanzibar beefs up security ahead of end-year festivals

25Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Zanzibar beefs up security ahead of end-year festivals

THE Police in Zanzibar have beefed up security ahead of the end-year- festive season, a police officer said here over the weekend.

Mjini Magharibi Regional Police Commander, Hassan Nassir Ali

Zanzibar’s Mjini Magharibi Regional Police Commander, Hassan Nassir Ali said that his force will heighten security in all areas across the archipelago particularly in key areas and tourist hotels.


“Our idea, we want to see the end-year-festivals are celebrated peacefully and visitors feel Zanzibar is their next home,” the regional police chief said, when speaking to journalists in Zanzibar—the semi-autonomous area of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island.

Ali emphasised that undercover police officers will be deployed to scale up regular patrols during the entire celebrations.

Tourism is a foreign exchange earner for Zanzibar, that’s security, remained an important aspect when it comes to the growth of tourism industry in the Indian Ocean Island.

The Zanzibar’s government is determined to boost the number of tourists from the current 400,000 to 500,000 in the next three years.

The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world.

The number of tourists visiting the archipelago has been growing at 9.6 per cent annually which is attributed to improved infrastructure including a modernised airport, roads and friendly environment.

Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa's east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.

Located just 40 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania and just six degrees south of the equator, Zanzibar Island is referred to locally as 'Unguja' and is known internationally as the 'Spice Island'. An important trading centre of the Indian Ocean region in the nineteenth century the island became famous for spices and fresh produce, and supposedly boasts the sweetest pineapple in the world. The island is characterised by the magic of historic Stone Town and beautiful sandy beaches fringed with coral reefs.

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