Hargeisa (also spelled Hargeysa), is the second largest city in Somalia and is located in northwest region are of the country. It's population is estimated to be approximately 2 million. It is located in an enclosed valley of the Galgodon (Ogo) highlands, at an elevation of 4,377 feet (1,334 m). Hargeisa is home to Neolithic cave paintings and a range of wildlife. The city was the capital of former British Somaliland from 1941 until it gained independence in 1960.
Today, Hargeisa is a financial hub for the region and is active in industries including food processing, gem stonecutting, construction, retail, import / export, and more.