Arada (district of Addis Ababa)

Arada (Amharic: አራዳ ክፍለ ከተማ) is a district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As of 2011 its population was of 226,000.[1] Arada is one of 10 districts of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Arada is a center of culture and education, with a great number of schools, cultural establishments and annual cultural events. Arada is one of the oldest parts of Addis Ababa and early history is most apparent. Its narrow, sloping streets are dotted with beautiful old one- and two-storey buildings variously adorned with verandas, pillars, bay windows and other decorations in accordance with Indian, Middle-Eastern and European styles. Despite that, there are newer areas. The district's heart is Piazza (pronounced Piassa), a bustling commercial area centered on De Gaulle Square; the imposing city hall, the seat of the city government, built in 1965, and the octagonal neoclassical St Georges Cathedral (Ethiopian Orthodox), built to commemorate Emperor Menelik's defeat of the Italians in the battle of Adwa in 1896 and named after Ethiopia's patron saint Its bustling streets are dotted with stores and boutiques offering European clothing, jewelry, and a variety of other things at relatively greater rates than in other sections of the city.[2]

አራዳ ክፍለ ከተማ
Arada (red) within Addis Ababa
Arada (red) within Addis Ababa
Arada is located in Ethiopia
Location in Ethiopia
Coordinates: 9°2′9.6″N 38°45′8.28″E / 9.036000°N 38.7523000°E / 9.036000; 38.7523000Coordinates: 9°2′9.6″N 38°45′8.28″E / 9.036000°N 38.7523000°E / 9.036000; 38.7523000
Country Ethiopia
CityAddis Ababa
 • Total9.91 km2 (3.83 sq mi)
 • Total225,999[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (East Africa Time)
Area code(+251) 11


The district is located in the northern area of the city, nearby the centre. It borders with the districts of Gullele, Yeka, Kirkos, Lideta and Addis Ketema.

Main sightsEdit

Arada is known as the center of the old and the new generation artistic, social and urban life style. Its main sights include St. George's Cathedral, the great Menelik II Square, the Hager Fikir Theatre, the Taitu Hotel, Charles de Gaulle Square and many other historical areas and structures.


Public education is free at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.[3] Overall, Ethiopia has made good progress in education of the years.[4] Istituto Statale Italiano Omnicomprensivo di Addis Abeba, an international school operated by the Italian government, is in Arada.[5] Prominent church affiliated schools like Lideta Catholic Catedral School and Nazareth School also reside in this subcity.

List of placesEdit

  • Adwa Dildiy Akebabi

Admin Level: 11Edit

  • Abacoran Sefer
  • Ambassador
  • Amist Kilo
  • Arat Kilo
  • Aroge Kera
  • Atekelet Tera
  • Bias Meberat
  • Doro Manekiya
  • Enqulal Faberika
  • Eri Bekentu
  • Gedam Sefer
  • Giorgis
  • Habte Giorgis
  • Piazza
  • Posta Bet
  • Ras Mekonnen Deldiy
  • Sebara Babur
  • Shola
  • Somali Tera
  • Taliyan Sefer
  • Webe Berha
  • Yohannes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Arada Archived January 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine". City Government of Addis Ababa.
  2. ^ Africa, Wanted in. "Arada". Wanted in Africa. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  3. ^ "Ethiopia - Education | Britannica". Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  4. ^ "Learning and development". Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  5. ^ "Dove siamo" (Archive). Istituto Statale Italiano Omnicomprensivo di Addis Abeba. Retrieved on October 19, 2015.

External linksEdit