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How to Find Commercial Office Space to Lease in Ethiopia
A major hub for international politics and business, the city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia is one of the busiest cities on the African continent. The city serves as the seat of the African Union, as host of the headquarters for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as the capital city of Ethiopia, and as home of the Addis Ababa University. In 2007, Addis Ababa had a population of over 3.3 million people, and that number is believed only to have grown in the years since the last census was taken. Truly a metropolitan jewel of the African continent, offices for lease in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia are perfect if you’re planning on coming to the region for business or work – and EthiopianProperties.com is the best place to start your search for an office. We also list warehouses for lease in Addis Ababa.
No matter what type of business you’re in, our offices for lease in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia are perfect for anyone who needs a professional office setting where they can work. Private business professionals, international aid coordinators, non-profit workers, and even students can all benefit from having a quiet and professional office setting that they can call their own while in Addis Ababa. You could try to work from home or from a hotel room, but having a professional office address in or near the city center can give you an amount of credibility that you would not be able to enjoy if you were working from a home or hotel office.
The problem with searching for offices for lease in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a foreign national is that you may not understand the process for leasing an office or you may worry about whether or not you can trust your leasing agent. By working with a respected office leasing agent to search for offices or warehouses for lease in Addis Ababa, you can rest easy knowing that your agent will work hard to match you with an office space that meets your needs and budget.
Operating online for several years, EthiopianProperties.com has been the #1 portal for properties in Ethiopia since 2008. We work with only the most trusted leasing agents and we have a long list of past clients who we have helped find places to live and work. The first step to finding offices for lease in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is to browse our complete listing of available office spaces at EthiopianProperties.com. When you find a property that you’re interested in, we can connect you with an experienced leasing agent who can meet with you and show you office spaces in person. Our agents are willing to work with you for as long as it takes to help you find the perfect office space.
If you’re not currently in Addis Ababa or Ethiopia, we can work with you to schedule office viewings for the next time you think you’ll be in the area.
For more information on offices for lease in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and warehouses for lease in Addis Ababa or to browse listings of currently available office spaces and warehouses in and around the Addis Ababa city center, visit us online at EthiopianProperties.com.
Thoughts on Relocating to Ethiopia
Relocating to another country is an exciting and enriching experience. Whilst it is undoubtedly a poor country, Ethiopia is on the whole a safe and inviting country where foreigners are welcomed.
The capital city Adds Abeba has a large ex-patriot community and a number of international schools are available for families moving with children. Because of the large number of foreign nationals living in Addis Abeba, the cost of living in the city is a great deal higher than in other areas of Ethiopia. However, anyone living and working in Ethiopia on a Western salary can expect to enjoy a high standard of living and become part of a large and vibrant ex-patriot community.
Few people arriving in Ethiopia arrange somewhere permanent to live before arriving in the country. Most immigrants choose to stay in a hotel or apartment upon arrival and search for somewhere to live while staying there. This allows you to explore a little and decide which area you would like to live in before committing to a rental contract.
Using a broker is the easiest way to find somewhere to live. Known as delalas, they can advise you on properties to rent in their area and help you negotiate fees with the landlord. Brokers typically charge around 10% of the initial rental payment as a fee and it is normal to pay around six months rent up front.
Other ways to find accommodation in Ethiopia include checking classified adverts in newspapers and posting on internet forums. Once you have found somewhere to live, hiring domestic staff such as cleaners and security guards is fairly common for anyone on a reasonable salary.
Given that few people travelling to Ethiopia will have natural immunity to endemic diseases, it is essential to ensure you have the necessary immunisations before you leave. Visit your doctor or local travel health centre to obtain advice on immunisations for diseases such as yellow fever and typhoid.
Although mosquitoes are not usually a problem in Addis Abeba, in other areas of the country they can be a nuisance. Taking steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes will help reduce the chances of contracting serious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Use a mosquito net at night and wear insect repellent at all times.
The range of food and drink available in Ethiopian supermarkets is limited compared to that available in Europe or North America. A number of "ferengi" or "foreigners" supermarkets in big towns and cities cater to the ex-patriot market and sell a wider choice of goods. These supermarkets are generally the only place to buy safe, fresh milk as well as luxury items including chocolate and cheese.
A number of internet cafés can be found in the larger towns and dial-up internet access is common in houses and apartments.
Most ex-patriots choose to buy a car after arriving in Ethiopia rather than hire a driver or pay for taxis long-term. Companies which offer cheap car hire Cyprus may be able to advise on rental rates for long term car hire, but buying a second hand car will usually work out more cost-effective in the long run.