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Eco-friendly travel guide to Tripoli advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Tripoli, Libya.


  • Air quality: 3.1 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 3.3 / 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 3.9 / 5
  • Public transportation: 3.5 / 5
  • Parks: 4.1 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 3.4 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 4.7 / 5
  • Safety: 2.3 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$22 - $189
  • Budget per day: US$39 - $257

Responsible Travel

Tripoli is the capital city of Libya, a country located in the north of Africa. It has always been hit with episodes of the shortage of water thus making the sanitation levels in the country to be wanting. We are advised to use water sparingly while we are here in Tripoli to help preserve the water levels in the city. We can also dispose of waste appropriately to reduce the menace brought about by waste. We can also use public transport where we will be reducing the carbon footprint by reducing the number of cars accessing the city at a time.


Air Quality and Pollution

The air quality in Tripoli is good with the AQI level ranging below 42. This is a clear indication that the air quality here satisfies the recommended levels. However, waste that is strewn on the streets here still releases a foul smell creating a nuisance. The civil wars in Tripoli have interfered with the government's efforts to set up waste disposal mechanisms thus waste is dumped carelessly in the streets thus polluting the environment. Several locals and organizations have taken it upon themselves to try and clean up the city and they are making good progress as the heaps of waste are reducing drastically.


Respect the Culture

The literature in Libya has always been influenced by various aspects. During the latter half of the 19th century, Al-Nahda had not had a great influence in Libya as it had in other Arabic nations. During this time, Libya had formed its literary forms, which mostly focused on oral poetry. It was used to reiterate the feeling of suffering and despair that ensued during the colonial period by the Italians. The local literature here began to grow during the 1960s with writings of some of the most prolific writers gaining prominence. These writers were Khalifa al-Fakhri, Sadeq al-Neihum, Ali al-Regeie, Muhammad al-Shaltami, and Khamel al-Maghur. During this period, most of the local writers centered on socialism and nationalism aspects. In the 1970s, the national government at this time under Muammar al-Gaddafi built one publishing center and all writers who were hired here were forced to write in support of the government. For the writers who refused to oblige with this rule, they were imprisoned, deported to other countries, and even denied the freedom to write anymore. After the Gaddafi government was finally overthrown, literature in Libya took a turn for the better. The new constitution offered writers more freedom in their writing careers. Other writers who are believed to have contributed to the literature in Libya include Ahmad Al-Faqih, Sadeq al-Neihum, and Ibrahim Al-Kouni. The mode of dressing in Libya has been heavily influenced by modern cultures as many women do not wear the traditional dresses they used to wear in the past. The mode of dressing here in Libya has been influenced mostly by western countries. The women here will always dress very decently and will always wear hijabs. Traditional dresses are mostly worn during special occasions including Eid, weddings, and even during Friday prayers. For men, their clothes usually consist of 'Jalabiya'or 'Qamis', which is a long white shirt, 'Sadriya', which is a vest, and 'Sirwal', which is a long pair of trousers. Some even put on headdresses known as 'Shashiyah' which are either red or black. Men will also put on a white cap under the headdress while they are indoors. They will also wear leather boots, leather sandals, or slippers women on the other hand usually wear a blouse that is embroidered with beads and silver/gold thread and have baggy sleeves. In terms of trousers, they usually dawn silky trousers that have elastic bottoms. They usually wear brightly colored togas and also headdresses that are fashioned with pom-poms. They usually wear gold jewelry. They will always dawn on this complete attire during special ceremonies such as weddings. In terms of music, many locals usually listen to Arab music such as Andalusi music, commonly referred to as Ma'luf or Chabi. Folk music is also being embraced by the Tuareg community in the north of the country. Very little pop culture is being practiced in the country. Women are also allowed to practice music here in Libya. Some of the most popular musical instruments here in the country include flutes, drums, tambourines, zokra (a bagpipe), oud (a fretless lute), and anzad (a type of violin). Some of the most re-known musicians in the country include Mohammed Hassan and Ahmed Fakroun. Clapping is also very common in Libyan culture.


Top 10 Places to Visit

• The Port of Tripoli. This port is the main port in Tripoli. It is believed to be among the oldest ports here in the Mediterranean region. Both passenger and cargo ships usually dock here.it was initially known as Oea port before its name was later changed to Tripoli port. It was commissioned in the late 1920s by Italian colonialists. It was later expanded to a more modern port in the 1930s. A seaplane facility was also added at this port. This port got massively destroyed during World War II and was later repaired.

• The Gurgi Mosque. Is located in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.it is located within the city amongst ancient buildings. It is a crucial attraction site making the entire area here to be an important tourist attraction site. It was established in 1834 by Mustafa Gurgi. The most popular point of interest that is close to this mosque is the Roman Arch of Marcus Aurelius.

• Al-Majidya Mosque. This mosque is located along Az Zawiyah Street in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya. It was established during the latter half of the 18th century. The streets here are usually clean with various shisha cafes dotted within the vicinity. Various shops are also close by to this mosque.

• Roman sites. This Roman city is located approximately 80 kilometers from the Tripoli CBD. It was established around 500 BC as a trading post. It was later renovated by the Romans during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. However, a huge earthquake struck this city in the 4th century heavily damaging the structures here, and was later renovated. It has a theatre that dates back to the 3rd century. There is also a parish located here.

• The Martyrs' Square. It is also called the Green Square and the Independence Square during Gaddafi's reign. During the colonial period, it was referred to as Piazza Italia, to mean "Italy Square". The economic hub of this city surrounds this square. The big fountain located at its center was designed by an Italian architect. It is the meeting point of many avenues and streets in the city which are Independence Street, Mizran Street, Omar Mukhtar Avenue, and 24 December Avenue.

• The Medina. It is located in the CBD of Tripoli. It an ancient town that has a wall built around it. It was established during the Roman reign. It has some of the most prolific sights and shopping centers. You will get to learn more about the history of Libya and its people from here.

• Tripoli Zoo. This botanical garden is located in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It is located towards the south of the city, next to the Tarabulus Zoo Park. It is a conservation area for flora and open green spaces in the country. It is believed to be the biggest zoo in the whole country. The management here was forced to close this zoo when civil war ensued in the country. Many animals here were seen to have been under stress and very traumatized. After the war subsided, the weaknesses facing the zoo were finally realized and the national government has been making efforts to restore the zoo to its former glory.

• The Karamanly House. It is also referred to as the Qaramanli House, the House of Karamanly, and the Tripoli Historical Exhibition. This ancient house and museum are located in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It is greatly linked with the Karamanli dynasty. It was constructed during the latter half of the 18th century. It was later renovated during the 1990s.

• Gasr Al-Hājj. This granary is located in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya. It usually takes a circular shape and was constructed during the 13th century by Abdallah Abu Jatla. It was established to serve as a granary for the families in the surrounding areas where they would give a quarter of their crops to the owner as a form of payment. It initially had 114 slots believed to have been the exact number of the families that lived here during its construction. 114 is also a very crucial number in the Islamic religion as it is used to represent the number of Sura in the Qur'an. Inheritance disputes led to the splitting of various chambers here in the granary resulting in the number of chambers increasing by five.

• Tripoli Tower. Initially, it was called the Al Fateh Tower. This skyscraper is located in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It was commissioned to the public in 2003. Various retail stores and apartments have set up shop here in this tower. There is also a boutique hotel and a club here. In the basement, there are four levels of parking.


Explore

There are many places here in Tripoli where you can visit and have some of the most amazing experiences. You will be able to appreciate the sites here and make memories of some of the most prolific attraction sites here in the city including the Gurgi Mosque, the Medina, and the Tripoli Zoo. You will also be able to visit the Saraya Museum to be able to learn about the culture of this city and its people. You can then visit some of the most amazing restaurants here in the capital and get a taste of the local cuisines offered here.


City Parks

• Bab al-Azizia. Also known as "The Splendid Gate", this park was initially a military barracks. It is located towards the south of the capital, Tripoli. It was the principal military base for Muammar Gaddafi until anti-Gaddafi forces finally captured it on the 23rd of August, 2011 during the civil war in the capital. This park covers a total area of 6 kilometers squared. It is strategically located to facilitate access to government establishments in the city and also facilitate direct high-speed road access to Tripoli International Airport. A section of this base was destroyed during the war. The government plans to completely demolish it and turn it into an official city park.


National Parks

• Algharabolli National Park. It is also known as the Karabolli National Park. It is situated adjacent to the Al-Garabulli in Tripoli. It was commissioned in 1992 and occupies a total of 8,000 hectares of land here in the capital. Several freshwater rivers are found here including coastal areas on the Mediterranean Sea. It has amazing beaches, cliffs, and dunes. It also has a bird sanctuary which has more than 1,000 bird species. Hyenas and seals can also be found at this national park


Beaches

Tripoli is home to the municipal beach of Libya. You will be able to have fun and enjoy the sandy beaches here and the amazing sun. You will also be able to swim in the sea. Various commercial activities are also usually conducted along this beach where you can get to buy refreshments and even souvenirs at affordable prices.


Landmarks

• The Arch of Marcus Aurelius. This is a Roman arch located here in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It is located towards the north of the city close to the Medina. It is a popular tourist attraction here in the capital.


Museums

• Saraya Museum. It is the national museum in the country. It is situated in the Red Castle building which is one of the ancient buildings in the country. It was commissioned in 1919 during the colonial period. The museum preserves and displays various archeological artifacts that were collected by the Italians during the colonial period. This museum is surrounded by a big square which is believed to have been designed by Florestano Di Fausto, an Italian architect. It was commissioned to the public in 1988 and was renamed the Assaraya Alhamra Museum–Red Castle Museum. It is fitted with up-to-date facilities including a wheelchair ramp at the entrance. It is usually open for 24 hours.


Eat

The restaurants here in Tripoli usually offer some of the most amazing cuisines herein the country. From traditional delicacies to vegan options, Tripoli has got you covered.


Traditional Local Restaurants

• Mat'am al-Saraya. This restaurant is located in the CBD of Tripoli. You will be able to eat local cuisines here. The most interesting thing about this restaurant is that you will get a chance to smoke shisha here. The seating arrangement here is both suited for those who prefer to eat as individuals and those who enjoy eating in groups. It is usually open all through the week from 10 am to 11 pm.


Vegetarian and Vegan

• Safir. This restaurant is located along Baladia Street in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya. It is located adjacent to the Al-Kabir hotel here in the capital. The interior and exterior décor of this restaurant is quite homely. The staff here is amazing and professionally interacts with clients. You will have a wide selection of delicacies from the menu here at this restaurant. You will be able to even enjoy Indian and Asian cuisines.

• Havanna Juice. This restaurant is located along Ghagharesh and Alstgalal streets in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Amazing blended juices are prepared here according to your desire. You will get the chance to enjoy blended juice of pineapples, watermelon, bananas, mangoes, and avocadoes. The juice will be prepared in front of you. You will also be able to enjoy chocolates and nuts offered here.


Street Food

• Asida. It is among the traditional foods from Libya. Its preparation process usually involves cooking dough comprising wheat flour and honey then adding butter to this mixture. It is usually served with sheep ghee or date syrup. You can enjoy eating this delicacy in a traditional manner by using the index and the middle fingers of your right hand.

• Couscous. It is one of the most popular cuisines as it is the staple food of the country. Locals here in the capital usually refer to it as a Maghrebi dish. It is usually prepared using semolina. The process to prepare it involves steaming small balls of durum that are crushed. It is then served with stew.

• Ghoriba (cookie). The locals also refer to these cookies as Ghyrauba. It usually takes the shape of a small ball. The ingredients for preparing it are wheat flour, sugar, butter, and almonds. Some even usually prepare these cookies with pistachios, walnuts, and peanuts. These cookies are usually served with Maghrebi mint tea or Arabic coffee.


Drink

Libya has completely banned the sale of alcohol in the capital and the country at large thus there are no bars that are operational in the country. You are also advised not to bring any alcohol into the country when you travel to Libya.


Tap-water

The CDC in the United States has confirmed that most of the faucet water in Tripoli is not safe to drink. You are also advised to be very cautious about the shop you will be buying bottled water from as many of them are not hygienic. This is probably due to the fact that most of Tripoli is usually a dessert thus sanitation and hygiene levels in the city are sometimes wanting.


Organic Cafés

• First Cup Coffee. At this café, you will be able to enjoy amazing coffee and snacks at affordable prices. Adequate seating arrangements are available making it an ideal spot to relax and enjoy with family and friends. The staff here is amazing and they always professionally interact with customers. This café is usually open from Sunday to Thursday between 9 am to 11 pm while it is closed on Fridays and Saturdays. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +218 21-7278811.


Breweries

• Alzahra group. It is located in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya. This brewery sells beer that has very little or no alcohol in them.


Activities

There are many places here in Tripoli where you can visit and have some of the most amazing experiences. You will be able to appreciate the sites here and make memories of some of the most prolific attraction sites here in the city including the Gurgi Mosque, the Medina, and the Tripoli Zoo. You will also be able to visit the Saraya Museum to be able to learn about the culture of this city and its people. You can then visit some of the most amazing restaurants here in the capital and get a taste of the local cuisines offered here.


Yoga and Retreats

• MaxxFit. It is situated in Hnaish Mall in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. The instructors here will enable you to relax your mind and spirit and generate energy from within. They aim to enable you to exercises which are good for your health. It is usually open all through the week from 10 am to 12 am. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +218 94-4022322


Accommodation

• El Khan. This property is located along Arbaa Arsat Street in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It comprises a total of fifteen rooms which are furnished in Arabic style. The staff here is very welcoming and very helpful to clients. Amenities that you will get to enjoy here include an outdoor pool, laundry services, ironing services, and free Wi-Fi throughout the complex. Guests will also get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning. There are a bar and a restaurant on-site with 24-hour reception services being a plus.

• Al Waddan Hotel. This property is surrounded by beautiful trees which complete the relaxing atmosphere created here. Amenities that you will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a gym, and an outdoor pool. There are conference and banquet facilities here on this property. Guests will also get to enjoy ample parking here. There are a bar and restaurant on-site.

• Bustan Urban Retreat. This property constitutes 17 VIP rooms and 28 standard deluxe rooms. The rooms are fitted with plasma television. This property has a game room, a spa, a gym, and an outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire complex. There are a bar and restaurant on-site. Ample parking is also available here.


Green Hotels

• Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel. This hotel is located along Al Fatah Street in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. At this hotel, you will be able to enjoy scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Amenities that you will get to enjoy here include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire complex. Guests here will get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning. The check-in time at this hotel is usually 2 pm while the check-out time is at noon. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +218213407878. Points of interest close to this hotel include the Red Castle Museum and the Martyrs' Square, both of which are located 2 kilometers from this property.

• Corinthia Hotel Tripoli. This hotel is located along Al Kurnish Road in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Guests here will get to enjoy 24-hour reception services with the cozy rooms here being a plus. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a spa, a hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. The check-in time at this hotel is usually 2 pm while the check-out time is usually at noon. You can get in touch with eh management here using this number, +218 21-3351990.

• AL NAHER Hotel. This hotel is located along Tariq Street in Tripoli, Libya. Guests here will get to enjoy scenic views of the city from here. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi in the entire complex and ample parking on-site. you can get in touch with the management here using this number, +218 21-3334645


Hostels and Guest Houses

• Seed Guest House. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi throughout the complex and ample parking on-site. This guest house is located several minutes from the ancient Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles and the 14th-century Mansouri Great Mosque. The management here offers airport shuttle services. The check-in time at this guest house is usually 3 pm while the check-out time is usually 9 am. The most popular point of interest from this guest house is the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, which is located 87 kilometers from this property.


Apartments

• Tripoli Apartments. These apartments are usually furnished and are available for rent for either short-term or long-term stay. They are conveniently located and cleanliness here is usually given a priority. The staff here is amazing and security at these apartments is usually top-notch.


Couchsurfing

Security has always been an issue that the national government here in Libya has been struggling to address. Many of the locals here are not open to the idea of having a stranger in their homes but there are some who are open to the idea. You can link up with potential hosts here through the various legal websites available and freely interact with them and plan how you are going to meet once you arrive in the country. You will get to experience the local cultures here at a more personal level.


Camping

The security situation in Libya at the moment has discouraged camping as the national government has advised that all camping activities be suspended in the capital until a permanent solution to the wars being experienced in the capital and country at large is resolved. These civil wars have been going on since the overthrowing of Muammar-al-Gaddafi in 2011 and the government has been making strides in evicting all rebel fighters in the capital.


How to Get There

Tripoli is the capital city of Libya. The government has been putting efforts to better improve the transport sector in the country and even make it safer for both locals and foreigners to travel in. as a country that was heavily hit by civil wars, plaudits should go to the national governments for the effort they have made so far in the transport industry in the country. Now, Tripoli has two fully functional airports and many kilometers of paved roads.


Air

• Tripoli International Airport. It is an international airport serving the capital city and the country at large. It is the largest airport in the country. It is located in Qasr bin Ghashir, approximately 24 kilometers from Tripoli's business center.it was the hub for Afriqiyah Airways, Buraq Air, and Libyan Airlines.

• Mitiga International Airport. This airport is located approximately 8 kilometers from Tripoli's business center. It was first constructed in 1923 as an Italian air force base called aeroporto militare di Mellaha. The Germans used it as their air force base during World War II. The British then took control of this base in 1943 and gave it to the United States Air Force. It was later renamed Wheelus Air Base in 1945 in honor of a US airman who was killed the same year.


Bus

Road networks have been improved here in the country and the national government deserves the plaudits here. Bus companies have started operating in the capital and are making sure that passengers get to their destinations here in the city and even beyond safely.


Train

At the moment, there exists no railway line in Libya as the railway lines were uprooted y fighters several years ago. The government is putting in measures to build new railway lines in the country believed to be covering up to 3,300 kilometers.


Hitchhiking

Libya has always been frequented with kidnappings and the government has been trying to implement every measure possible to curb this. Both hitchhikers and motorists have been kidnapped thus resulting in many motorists being very cautious on who they are willing to let into their cars. The government has been building roads in the capital and also to other destinations but episodes of civil wars usually tends to destroy these roads. In general, it is very hard to hitch a ride in Tripoli but this does not mean that it is completely impossible as there are still pockets of kind-hearted drivers who will be willing to take you close to your destination, if not right to your destination. You are however encouraged to be very vigilant on the routes and vehicles you are going to hitch a ride on as cases of kidnappings have been on the rise in the capital and country at large.


Others

Tripoli has some of the most beautiful coastlines along the Mediterranean Sea. Various small ships and boats, both cargo and passenger vessels, usually dock at harbor here in the capital. Be advised that there are some seasons where the tides are very strong thus you will need to consult with the authorities here in Libya before entering the capital by sea. You will get to see the beautiful shores when you enter the capital by sea.


Moving Around

Taxis have always been the best form of transport here in the capital. Most of them are usually white and do have a yellow line. You will be able to move around the city with ease using these taxis. You will be able to interact with locals here enjoyably with many of these taxis being vans. The drivers are usually friendly and they will smoothly take you to your destination here in the CBD without any hassle. The roads here in the capital have been well maintained thus cruising through the city streets in taxis is more fun and very enjoyable.


Walk

The national government has put in a lot of effort in perfecting the pavements along the roads in the capital. Tourists are now able to walk safely under towering shades of trees in some of the streets here in the capital. Security has also been beefed up in the capital to ensure there are law and order here. When you walk, you will be able to enjoy the scenic views of the city and even get to appreciate the culture more when you spend more time walking around the museums and landmarks here in the capital. You will also be helping to reduce the carbon footprint in the country as you will have avoided unnecessary traveling using cars. You will also be doing yourself a favor as walking is usually one of the best forms of exercise.


Bicycle

Cycling tours here in the capital are usually very few and far between. The national government has done a very splendid job in improving the roads here in the capital thus you can easily cycle when touring the city. The national parks here also have well-maintained roads where you can cycle with ease.


Electronic Vehicles

The idea of electronic vehicles has not taken root in the country. Big vehicle industries usually make an effort in setting up shops in cities and countries showing promise in the vehicle industry. Libya is showing very great potential in the business of electronic cars but the civil wars being experienced in the country heavily discourage these big companies. Electronic cars are usually quite the investment and both investors and stakeholders usually want to be assured of the security of their investments and Libya at the moment cannot guarantee that. The capital is usually hit with episodes of war which often result in Devastating outcomes and this heavily discourages vehicle companies from starting the business of electronic cars in the country. The government has been putting in the effort to ensure that permanent peace is restored here in the capital. In years to come, we hope to see the electronic vehicle industry booming in the country.


Public Bus

Buses are usually available in the capital. Many locals usually board public busses and use them to move around the city. Here you will get to chat with locals more and even appreciate the amazing views as you cruise by the city streets. When many people use public busses, it means that very few people will use personal cars and this will, in turn, reduce the time spent in congested jams as traffic will be moving a lot faster.


Tram, Train and Subway

At the moment, there exists no railway line in Libya as the railway lines were uprooted y fighters several years ago. The government is putting in measures to build new railway lines in the country believed to be covering up to 3,300 kilometers.


Sustainable Shopping

Fashion for women clothes in Libya has always been embracing new designs with the current goal in mind being to achieve zero waste fashion. All clothes usually have a life cycle upon which after their completion, the clothes are discarded. Many do not put great concern on where these clothes end up after they are dumped. Most of the fabrics used in designing these clothes are always non-biodegradable thus dumped clothes usually end up polluting the environment. Several female designers here in Libya have decided to introduce environmentally friendly designs into the designing industry in the country. Many locals and other designers in the county are starting to embrace these new designs which will go away in ensuring that even after their lifecycle the clothes can still be recycled and its materials used to make new clothes.


Food Markets

• Elkhairat. At this market, you will be able to buy baked foods as well as groceries. It is usually open from Saturday to Thursday between 9 am to 11 pm while it is open on Fridays between 2 pm to 11 pm.

• Alasala Market. This market is located along Suq al Juma'a Road in Tripoli, the capital city of Libya. Here, you will be able to purchase groceries at affordable prices. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +218 91-6990042.


Flea Markets

• Popular Bourguiba Square Market. This market is usually famous for selling clothes at wholesale prices. Many locals and tourists usually come here to purchase clothes, shoes, and belts. It is usually open all through the week from 8 am to 8 pm.


Second Hand Stores

• Al-Nasr Center for Electronics and Electrical Materials. At this store, you will be able to purchase accessories for electronic devices including phones and screens. You will also be able to get maintenance and replacement services for electronic appliances. Wiring services are also offered here. The hosts here also offer rental services for audio equipment. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +218 92-5677752.

Other second-hand stores include:

o Galleria de aurora. This store is located along Bin Ashour Street in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It is a consignment shop.

o Second-hand Bookshop.


Eco-Fashion

Most of the fashion designers here in the city are starting to embrace the use of recyclable designing materials in making clothes. This is because once these clothes have finished their life-cycle; they can easily be recycled to make new fabrics.


Recycling

Currently, there are no proper measures put in place in the capital, Tripoli, to ensure smooth recycling processed in the capital. The civil wars in the country have adversely affected the efforts made by the government to set up recycling centers. It has decided to halt this venture first and opted to fully restore peace first here in the capital before proceeding with its plans to erect proper recycling centers.


Waste

Solid waste is usually evidently seen on the streets of Tripoli, the capital of Libya increasing the pollution levels in the country. It became a physical nuisance here in the capital but due to episodes of wars here in the country, the government has been unable to address this crisis. The wars experienced here in the capital come with their fair share of atrocities. It resulted in the closure of the landfills here in the capital. Lack of cooperation between the local government and the national government led to mismanagement of resources meant to sort out this menace.


Work and Study Abroad

Tripoli is the capital city of Libya. This city has great growth potential but the civil wars experienced in the country have been derailing this dream, however, the national government has been making efforts in securing Tripoli by getting rid of rebel forces entrenched in some sections of the capital. The fighting had become so intense here that business failed and even the UN suspended its missions in the country and even closed its offices in the capital and withdrew its entire staff. As peace has slowly been coming back to all parts of the city, investors are promising to come in once they feel the situation in the capital and the country at large has come under complete control. For now, they are still holding back with only a few of them operating small businesses within the capital. The UN has also said it is still monitoring the situation in the country before it can resume full operations once again in Tripoli.


Exchange Student

To achieve permanent peace in the capital here in Libya has been a very long struggle that no one knows when it will end. The government has been deploying security personnel in their numbers with other countries such as Turkey deploying soldiers here to maintain law and order, especially in Tripoli. Nothing has been taken to chance concerning the safety of learners here in the capital as security has been tripled in institutions of higher learning to ensure that students here will have smooth learning sessions. Tripoli has stayed a long time without reporting any incidences of terrorism. This is a good sign as learners will now feel safe to return to school. International students are also beginning to come into the country to enroll in some of the esteemed universities here which include:

• The University of Tripoli (UOT). It is located in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. It is the largest university in the country. It was established in 1957 as an affiliate of the University of Libya but later pulled out and became a university of itself in 1973.


Au Pair

Libya is a country that has a lot of potential to grow and become one of the most developed countries in Africa but the only thing dragging this dream down the drain is the civil wars ravaging the country even the capital. Many locals are seeking jobs with the majority of them seeking domestic jobs in neighboring European nations. Many job seekers have enrolled in various websites offering AU pair services to try and link with potential employers in these countries without breaking the law.


Volunteering

Libya has always experienced several waves of civil wars and the capital, Tripoli, has not been spared. When Muammar al-Gaddafi was in power, armed forces that were loyal to him clashed severally with forces that were against him and these battles usually left devastating results behind. Even after he was finally killed, the soldiers of these two factions usually collide on several occasions. This has resulted in many of the locals living here in the capital to flee to neighboring towns and even to neighboring countries. The government has been deploying soldiers to push the anti-Gaddafi forces, who are considered as rebel forces, outside the capital but it has not been easy. These soldiers have not given up as with the help of neighboring countries such as Egypt, which has also deployed its forces in Libya, the rebel attacks have substantially reduced. Those who plan to volunteer here are advised to be very vigilant and liaise with the government in making arrangements on how the volunteering programs will be carried out and where they will be conducted. The government soldiers have been taking back the capital section by section from the rebel fighters thus it is best that you come and volunteer in areas that have already been recaptured by government troops. Many sectors in the country have been heavily devastated by these civil wars including the health sector and the education sector. Volunteers who come to Tripoli usually offer humanitarian aid to the locals who have fled the capital and sought refuge in schools and other institutions. Health status has seriously deteriorated in the capital. Among the volunteer organization still working in Libya is the Red Crescent. They usually offer medical aid and those who are planning to volunteer with this organization are required to acquire medical skills as special medical skills are needed the most here. For those who do not have this skill, they can come and offer humanitarian aid, together with counseling services as many of the locals here are still traumatized by the ongoing civil wars in the country.


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