Adama, Ethiopia (Est. 2014)
As the previous capital of Ethiopia’s fertile Oromia region, and as its second largest city, Adama occupies a powerful position within the country. It also is Aurora’s first sister city since 1992 (established 2014), chosen for its similarities in population, ethnic and religious diversity, geography and industry focuses.
A vibrant community of nearly 300,000 people, Adama’s landscape is brimming with educational, cultural, hospitality and medical facilities. The city is also defined by its significant economic development potential, with investments being made in manufacturing, banking, agriculture, tourism and especially wind energy production. Additionally, it serves as a critical transportation hub for the region, situated on the road that connects Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa to the river city of Dire Dawa.
Spread across nearly 30 square kilometers, Adama is located directly west of Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley, and approximately 90 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa. The city enjoys close proximity to a number of different tourist destinations, such as Awash National Park, Lake Zewaye, Sof Omar Caves (soon to be a registered UNESCO site) and Dill Fekar Regional Park.
Residents of Adama are hospitable, friendly and proud of their diverse, multi-cultural community. Citizens value historical traditions, family life and cultural celebrations such as marriage. Adama is also committed to its international presence, and through partnering with Aurora Sister Cities International will seek to foster a sense of global cooperation and exchange.