Zanzibar Airport Rescue and Fire-fighting

The aviation sector in Zanzibar is currently served by Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA) and Pemba Airport, both of which primarily serve routes within Tanzania. These airports are increasingly struggling to meet rising passengers traffic demands as Zanzibar’s tourism industry continues to grow. As of 2020, a new terminal at AAKIA is due to […]

Zanzibar Kiswahili Dedicated to International Day

  On November 23, 2021, the United Nations designated July 7 as the World Kiswahili Language Day-the official day to celebrate the Swahili language. The announcement was made by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) during its 41st Member States’ session held in Paris, France. This made Swahili the first African language to […]

Zanzibar embarked online procurement

President of Zanzibar and Chairperson of the Revolutionary Council, Dr. Mwinyi insists all government ministries and agencies start to use the e-Procurement system starting on 1st July 2022 for the financial year 2022/2023 at Hotel Verde during the launch of the e-Procurement system. Also, Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Saada Mkuya Salum promise to […]

Why Coastal Countries Should Adopt the Blue Economy Strategy

Around 40% of the global population lives along with coastal areas, of which a significant proportion rely on ocean resources for their livelihoods and business. The sector is estimated to contribute USD 2.5 trillion annually to the global output but its contribution to individual economies varies widely. For example, ocean-based activities contribute around 4.1% of […]

New efforts to revive cricket in Zanzibar

  Three decades back, there was a lot of furore about efforts and dedication in Zanzibar to revive cricket, once a popular sport in the islands, which was dying a slow death. Many people, young and old, of all ethnic groups, used to play cricket on the islands and there were several school teams and […]

Italy resumes direct flights to Zanzibar

  Italy plans to resume direct tourist flights to Zanzibar on June 29 more than two years after suspension due to the Coronavirus pandemic. An official from the Italian Foreign Ministry Natalia Quintavalle made the revelation last week during talks with the Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Mabrouk Nassor Mbarouk, […]

Horticulture farming becomes increasingly popular

  The adoption of modern farming through farmers’ groups has improved farmers’ yields in the various villages of Unguja and Pemba Islands. According to local farmers, many of them have moved from the traditional subsistence to modern farming methods, which involve the use of fertilizer quality seeds with benefits seen trickling through already. Farmers receive […]

Zanzibar’s Magical Turtles

Turtles conjure up magical imagery of large creatures gracefully swimming across the ocean. The idea of a swimming “tortoise” has both amazed and delighted many generations of visitors to the ocean. Zanzibar is no different in that two types of turtles are found along its coast, these are the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle. […]

Mtoni Palace was Shangri-La Hotel in Zanzibar

  In this heyday, the Mtoni Palace was Shangrilal Hotel, an exotic paradise abounding in opulence and splendor. The massive building and its direct surrounds were home to a thousand odd people. To the front of the palace lay the sea observed from a raised ballroom-sized, Gazebo called ‘The Bendjle’. To the rear, giant orange […]

Overcoming emerging blue economy obstacles

The Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar have great opportunity to benefit from the development of the blue economy which includes clean water, marine fishing, transport and tourism. At the same time, the ocean surrounding the islands absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, a major source that regulates global warming. The ocean is also a source […]