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What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

A popular activity among Embassy staff and expats is Dolphin Excursions. They have the Djibouti Divers Club, snorkeling, and beach excursions available year round (except August). Many French families take their boats out to Moucha and Maskali Islands on the weekends. There are also trips to Lac Assal, Lac Abbe, and White Sands beach. The French Institute has great cultural programs and the Embassy sponsors a monthly American film (subtitled in French) -├žais-de-Djibouti-483613261744341/ Most people socialize over one another's homes for dinners and parties. Downtown Djibouti-ville has restaurants and nightclubs that are popular among expats and some younger Djiboutians. - Jun 14, 2016
Lots of house parties. - Feb 28, 2013
Unfortunately, not much is going on here. There are a few CLO events here and there, but nothing regular (sadly, no end-of-the-week Happy Hour to look forward to). There are some people within the community who throw parties, but it seems to always be the same few folks. - Apr 13, 2010
If you like bars, yes. If not, then not much. - Apr 1, 2008