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We require a minimum of 6 hours to process your booking request. This service is provided as a request facility only. Your reservation will not be guaranteed until we have contacted you to confirm your booking. Mosob reserves the right to cancel unconfirmed bookings.

Eritrea

A culturally diverse country

‘Eritrea’ comes from Sinus Erythraeus, the name given to the Red Sea by Greek tradesmen in the third century BC. The sea runs along the entire east coast of the country. Its other borders are with Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south and Dijibouti in the southeast.

map of eritrea

History

The history of the country has been shaped by its coastline. Ottoman Turks, Goan Portuguese and Italians were just some of the people to invade from across the Red Sea. The impact of the nineteenth-century Italian colonisation is most in evidence today in the modernist architecture of the capital Asmara. Eritrea eventually gained its independence in the early 1990s, which it celebrates each year on 24 May.

People & Culture

During the Axumite Empire the Red sea pathway in between Eritrea and Yemen was referred to as the “Spice Coridor” and Eritrea was the hub where all kinds of goods, such as, spices, coffee, frankinsense and precious metal were traded. Hence, why the Eritrean cuisine has a flavour of Africa, Arabia, Asia, and Italy. The breadth of history is a clear reflection of the diversity of the people and culture seen in Eritrea. Eritrea has a mixed Afro-Asiatic population that is divided by religion and language. There are nine etnic groups in Eritrea, which are linguistically affiliated to Kushitic, Nilotic, and Semitic linguistic groups. The national Language in Eritrea is Tigrigna which has its roots in an ancient language called Ge’ez. Ge’ez is also a writing system written left to right used in Eritrea and Ethiopia, developed over 3000 years ago by the Coptic church. The religions in Eritrea are predominantly Coptic Christian and Muslim.

map of eritrea

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KEY PHRASES

m: musculine
f: feminine
me: musculine elderly
fe: feminine elderly
Hello - Selam/Merhaba
Good bye - Selamat/Chaw
Yes - E’we
Thank you - Yeq'niyeley
How are you?
Kemey alek’a (m)
Kemey alek’i (f)
Kemey alek'um (me)
Kemey alek'en (fe)
What is your name?
Men’u shimka (m)
Men’u shimki (f)
Men’u shimkum (me)
Men’u shimken (fe)
Please
Bejak'a (m)
Bejak,i (f)
Bejak'um (me)
Bejak'en (fe)
Where are you from?
Kabey ik’a (m)
Kabey ik’i (f)
Kabey ik’um (me)
Kabey ik’en (fe)


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