More on Khartoum
Khartoum is located at the confluence of the White Nile, which flows from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, flowing from the highlands of
Ethiopia. It was founded by Ibrahim Pasha, son to the then ruler of Egypt, Muhammad Ali Pasha, in 1821.
In the early days, Khartoum served as a military installation but over time, grew to became a trading center, particularly of slaves. At the same time, it also developed a role as the administrative center for the region of Sudan, and eventually became the capital, initially of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, and later of the independent Republic of the Sudan.
The modern history of Khartoum has been characterized by repeated political violence, among them the 1973 hostage crisis at the Saudi Arabian embassy, the 1998 US embassy bombings, and the 2008 fighting between the Darfur rebel group and the Sudanese government forces.
The Khartoum International Airport (KRT) receives flights from
Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Amman, Amsterdam, Asmara, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Doha, Dubai, El Geneina, El Fasher, El Obeid, Frankfurt, Jeddah, Juba, London, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Nyala, Port Sudan, Riyadh, Rumbek, Sana’a, Sharjah, Tripoli and Wadi Halfa.
Places of Interest in Khartoum
- Afra Mall
- Al-Mogran Family Park
- Burj al-Fateh
- Confluence of the Blue and White Niles
- National Museum of Sudan
- Nile Street
- Palace Museum
- Presidential Palace
- Souq Arabi
- Sudan Ethnographic Museum