Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is a metropolitan area in Tanzania
Inhabitants: 3,000,000 (World Rank 129)
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Dar es Salaam (Arabic: دار السلام‎ [translation: "Abode of Peace"] Dār as-Salām, cf. "Yer u-salem"[citation needed]), formerly Mzizima, is the largest city in Tanzania. It is also the country's richest city and a regionally important economic centre. Dar es Salaam is actually an administrative province within Tanzania, and consists of three local government areas or administrative districts: Kinondoni to the north, Ilala in the center of the region, and Temeke to the south. The Dar es Salaam Region had a population of 2,497,940 as of the official 2002 census. Though Dar es Salaam lost its official status as capital city to Dodoma in 1996, it remains the centre of the permanent central government bureaucracy and continues to serve as the capital for the surrounding Dar es Salaam Region. The city also hosted a leg of the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay.