Welcome to Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya.
The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi, which
translates to "cool water", a reference to the Nairobi river which flows
through the city. The city is popularly referred to as the Green City in the Sun.
Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities as a rail depot on the
Uganda Railway. The town quickly grew to become the capital of Kenya in 1907.
Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies
and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for
business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in
Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa's fourth-largest
exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day.
A melting pot of business, music, culture and sports, Nairobi is a city that never
sleeps. The entire town has boundless energy and is a thriving place where all of
human life can be experienced. This is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe
and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character. The city has not lost
its sense of the past, with an excellent museum and the historical home of Karen
Blixen, author of Out of Africa open to visitors. It is the only city in the world
that boasts of a National park – Nairobi National Park.
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