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Feature: Night life in Somali capital sparkles under improved security

English.news.cn   2016-04-11 20:16:06

A local customer shopping at Sahan Sweet shop in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 6, 2016. (Xinhua)

MOGADISHU, April 11 (Xinhua) -- A group of men were engaged in a hearty banter on a casual night last week as they enjoyed steamy African brewed tea at a restaurant along Mukka Al Mukarama Street in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Previously, hanging outdoors in Mogadishu at night could send chills down the spine of many residents, but the smartly dressed men enjoying their tea did not show signs of anxiety about their safety.

The restaurant's proprietor, Abubakar Said conducted his business unperturbed and his confidence struck a chord with clients from all walks of life.

"We are proud that we can serve our customers until late at night. The Majority of our clients come here to enjoy sumptuous meals, interact and transact business. They are very happy with our services," Said told Xinhua.

Said added that security worries which jolted investors and residents had slowly vanished as Somali and foreign troops maintain round-the-clock vigilance in Mogadishu to deter any terrorist attacks.

Customers are shopping for sweets in Sahan sweets shops in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 6, 2016. (Xinhua)

"Mogadishu is inching closer to becoming a 24-hour economy due to improved security that has injected fresh dose of confidence among investors," Said said.

Ordinary civilians agreed that degrading of Al-Shabaab's terrorist infrastructure by Somalia and foreign troops herald good tidings for the horn of African state.

"With improved street lighting and police patrols, we are able to while away in restaurants without fear," said Yasin, a customer at the restaurant along Mukka Al Mukarama Street.

He said that many residents of Mogadishu enjoy shopping at night since the streets and neighborhoods have become safer.

"Only recently, it was considered a crazy affair to venture into the streets of Mogadishu at night. The situation has changed and it is now possible to loiter in the streets any time of the night and return home safely," Yasin said.

Mogadishu streets are currently a beehive of activity during day and night as residents and visitors troop to restaurants and shopping malls to sample their favourite meals, clothes and luxury goods.

A local customer shopping at Sahan Sweet shop in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 6, 2016. (Xinhua)

At a brightly colored confectionary shop called Sahan Sweets, shoppers had a field day as they purchased their favourite candy.

Sahan Sweets which opened to the public in 2014 stocks exotic candy and chocolate for the upwardly mobile Mogadishu population.

Abdurahman Dal-Rushe, the manager of Sahan Sweets told Xinhua well-heeled Somalia people and foreigners form the bulk of his clients.

"Our goal has been to meet a huge demand for exotic candy in this city. The Somalia Diaspora who recently settled in Mogadishu are our main clients. They love exotic products ranging from candy and chocolate," said Dal-Rushe, adding that clients flock his shop even in the wee hour of the night.

A female client at Sahan Sweets who recently returned back to Somalia after a lengthy sojourn in Canada told Xinhua she felt at peace while shopping late at night thanks to improved security in Mogadishu.

Editor: huaxia
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