It’s probably even the fastest growing city on the planet. Nairobi means ‘the place of cool waters’, and is often referred to as ‘green city in the sun’. Nairobi’s been a city since 1954 but is fast growing into a metropolis where residents and wild beats live in close proximity, turning to smart technologies to help cope with overcrowding, traffic congestion and inefficiency with transportation around the city. I know you heard about the safaris too.
Now one of Africa’s largest cities, Nairobi has long been the safari capital of the continent and its National Park plays a major part in the structure of the city.
Kenya’s capital city, it recently ranked 6th in the JLL’s City Momentum Index. Now one of Africa’s most influential cities, Nairobi is a vital commercial and financial regional hub, home to the regional headquarters of various major international companies and organizations. It’s also got the highest number of malls in Kenya. Despite its youth, Nairobi’s growth rate has been one of the highest of any African city, with major real estate projects and skyscrapers regularly popping up on its burgeoning skyline.
According to the report, Nairobi is projected to have one of the fastest-growing populations in the world over the next five years, as well as a strong Asian influence with significant amounts of investment from China, particularly focused on infrastructure projects. CNN traced back its growth to the arrival of the railway system, without which the city as we know it would not exist. The two have been intertwined since 1895, when the British were busy connecting parts of its empire by building a railroad from Mombasa on Kenya’s coast to the neighboring colony – Uganda. The truth is, Nairobi has no plans of slowing down soon and is on the watch to become one of continent’s commercial capital.