, staying at Al Nakhil Hotel in Downtown. Arrived here a few hours ago. Khartoum, Sudan
I had a shower and short nap after checking in. Walked around briefly. Very dusty and sandy city full of one or two storey buildings. But huge changes are taking place. The huge oil revenue that has come in last 2 years meant a new middle class and lots of cash floating around. Huge blocks in the centre are being torn down and one could see many skyscrapers and shopping malls are being built not far away. I heard there is even an area with Dubai-like modern buildings in imaginative shapes. I must find out where they are.
I haven't taken many photos. Tourists have to register with the Police's Aliens Registration Office and those who want to take photos must get photography permits from the Ministry of Tourism. Today is Friday and none of the offices are open. I must be careful and not too obvious when I take photos.
I asked locals about the rebel attack last weekend. All of them laughed and said it was no big deal. They said maybe they are used to wars.