Habo, Somalia

Habo (Somali: Xaabo, Arabic: حابو) is a small town in the Bari province of the autonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia.



Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 11°47′N 50°31′E
Country Somalia
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)


Habo is located in the Alula District in the vicinity of the Guardafui Channel. It lies between the towns of Alula and Qandala. In antiquity, a cape to the east of Habo was known as the Cape of Spices, described in the 1st century CE Greek travelogue the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.[1] Habo was an important town for the ancient cinnamon and spice trade route. The town sustained damage from Italian bombardment during the Campaign of the Sultanates against the coastal regions in the late 1920s.


The main economic activities in the town are fishing, frankincense and date farming.[2] Habo Tuna Factory is the largest employer in the town with 400 employees.[3]


According to the Puntland Ministry of Education, there is 1 primary school in Habo.[4]


  1. "Ancient History Sourcebook: The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea: Travel and Trade in the Indian Ocean by a Merchant of the First Century". Fordham University. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  2. "Date Palm & Frankincense in Somalia". EC Somalia Unit: 28. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. Wershadda Kaluunka ee Xaabo oo Soo Bandhigtey Wax soosaarkeeda. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. "Puntland - Primary schools". Ministry of Education Puntland. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
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