Lido Beach (Somali: Xeebta Liido) is a beach in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, which overlooks the Somali Sea. The name Lido derives from the Italian word for "beach". The name Liido is also very popular among locals.
In the 1950s, it was fully developed by the Italian administration under United Nations rule, with the enlargement of a nearby hotel that was Mogadishu's tallest building during those years.
Al-Shabaab attacks edit
In August 2020, al-Shabaab attacked a hotel, detonating a car bomb and engaging in a firefight with Somali security forces. Eleven victims and five attackers were killed; over 200 people were rescued by Somali special forces. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, strongly condemned the terrorist attack and said the UN "expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims."
Many people visit Mogadishu's coastline each weekend. Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa with 3100 km along the Indian Ocean, which has beaches valuable for tourism. Lido Beach has seafood restaurants, hotels, and parks. The Somali diaspora plays an important role in recovering Mogadishu, building new luxury downtown and beaches and restaurants, and many more that attract international tourists. There are many newly established businesses there.[cleanup needed]
See also edit
- Video of the "Lido beach" in the late 1930s
- Lido beach is back!
- "United Nations condemns deadly terrorist attack on Mogadishu hotel". UNSOM. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
- "Somalia: UN condemns 'brazen' terrorist attack on beachside hotel". UN News. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
- "Somalia: At least six killed in Mogadishu attack near beach". BBC News. 2022-04-22. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
- "Nine people killed in attack by al-Shabaab in Somali capital Mogadishu". The Guardian. 2023-06-10. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-06-10.
- Lido Beach in 2018
- "Mogadishu's Lido beach: Sun, surf and... grenades?". BBC News. 21 May 2015.