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Mogadishu Beacfront Restaurants Prohibited From Running Beyond Midnight

By Urenna Ukiwe
25 October 2018   |   6:00 am
Nightlife and the tranquil breeze on a beach after midnight is quite an attraction for tourists and some individuals but these pleasures have been forbidden. In Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the mayor has prohibited restaurants situated along the beachfront from opening to their clientele after midnight. The Lido Beach restaurants are transformed into clubs at night…

Nightlife and the tranquil breeze on a beach after midnight is quite an attraction for tourists and some individuals but these pleasures have been forbidden.

In Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the mayor has prohibited restaurants situated along the beachfront from opening to their clientele after midnight.

The Lido Beach restaurants are transformed into clubs at night and remain open for 24 hours.

Mogadishu Beach front. Photo: Reuters

Mogadishu’s Mayor Abdirahman Abdi Osman said the clubs were encouraging immoral behaviour and were attracting drug traffickers and sex workers.

Elders and religious leaders have also been voiced concern about the nightlife there.

The traction to the beach in recent years has been seen as an indication of improved security in Mogadishu.

In 2016, the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab had attacked the area in which they killed 20 people at the beach.