Famously known as the Green City Under The Sun, Africa’s Silicon Savannah and informally as Nai, Africa’s 14th largest city and Kenya’s capital, Nairobi is the host city of the 2017 Sub Saharan International Model United Nations (SAIMUN 2017).
Straddling the edge of expansive savannah grasslands to its East and South and the Central Highlands to the North and West, the city pays homage to its rich biodiversity by having Nairobi National Park, the world’s only national park within city limits.
Home to 3 million inhabitants, the city is the region’s communication, transport and diplomatic hub.
FACTS ABOUT NAIROBI
Founded: 1899; Incorporated: 1903
Location: 500 km (300 mi) west of the Indian Ocean in Kenya’s Central Highlands
Flag: Three equal-sized horizontal stripes of black, red and green, each holding a symbolic significance for the country. The stripes are separated by two thinner white stripes and a large warrior’s shield covered with crossed spears is superimposed over the flag’s centre.
Motto: City in the Sun
Flower: Glorisa Superba (Kenya)
Time Zone: 3:00 pm Universal Coordinated Time (UCT-3) = noon Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Ethnic Composition: Kenyan African groups—Kikuyu, Luo, Luhyia, Kalenjin, Kisii, and Kamba; Asians (people who trace their origins to India and Pakistan), Europeans, and Somalis
Elevation: 1,680 meters (5,512 feet)
Latitude and Longitude: 1 ° 16’S, 36 ° 48’E
Climate: Tropical highland with sunny days, mild daily temperatures, and cool nights
Annual Mean Temperature: September to April maximum average daytime temperature 24 ° C (75 ° F) and minimum average nighttime temperature 13 ° C (55.4 ° F); May to August maximum average daytime temperature 21 ° C (70 ° F) and minimum average nighttime temperature 11 ° C (51.8 ° F)
Seasonal Average Rain: Heavy rains March to May; lighter rains November to December
Government: Devolved County Government
Weights and Measures: Metric system
Monetary Units: Kenyan Shilling
Telephone Area Codes : 254 (Kenya country code); 2 (Nairobi city code)