Djibouti is situated on the east coast of Africa along the Bab al-Mandab, the strait that links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden. It is bordered by Somalia on the south-east, by Eritrea to the north, Ethiopia north, west, and south, and by the Bab al-Mandab, Gulf of Tadjoura, and Gulf of Aden on the east. Djibouti territory is approximately 23,000 sq km and has a total boundary length of 830 km, which includes a coastline of 314 km.
The area occupied by Djibouti is like the state of Massachusetts.

Djibouti is strategically located near some of the worlds busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
It serves as a key refueling and transshipment center, and is the principal maritime p