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A striking image of felled trees up on the pedestrian walkway around Bole surprises onlookers accustomed to greener hues. The area was endowed with increasing trees in the lead-up to the African Union Summit, giving urbanites a sweet escape from the scorching sun in the capital. While it does not look it today, historical sources indicate that in the early 20th century, about 42 million hectares, or the equivalent of nearly 35pc of Ethiopia’s land area, was covered with forests. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's (PhD) Green Legacy initiative has attempted to restore some of the country's shades with an annual campaign going on ever since he ascended to power.


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SIDELINED STRIKES

The 'Vintage' bowling alley at the historic Genet Hotel near the Le Gare Railway Station remains vibrant after nearly six decades. Recent evaluations of 64 hotels nationwide had surprising results, with nearly half the establishments not meeting the assessment criteria. Seven hotels received four-star ratings, while none qualified for a five-star tag. The Ministry of Tourism evaluated multiple cities nationwide despite higher ratings being mostly concentrated in the capital. Ethiopia's tourism i...


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MYSTICAL NOTATIONS

Orthodox Christian scribes etch religious writings on traditional parchments (Birana) at the Ghion Hotel on Ras Desta Damtew St. The 10 day exhibition by the Hamere Berhan Institute featured various paintings and writings with uniquely Ethiopian overtones. The parchments, pens and inks are all prepared at the institute in the Piazza District. Goatskins are tightly stretched over metal frames to dry for days before being immersed in water to make the parchments. Several ancient manuscripts in the...


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PANORAMIC PEEKS

An all-white building peaks across the street around the Flamingo area after renovations conclude on the main road. Addis Abeba's roads have broadened as the high-profile corridor development project progresses to accommodate more pedestrians and bicycle lanes. The capital's metamorphosis into a 'smart city' has entailed much more than transforming its roads and public spaces to include its cars and motorbikes. A green electric current pulsates underneath the ebbing flow of change, ever more app...


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