this jamaa @T255
should come and explain as to why Dar has little spending power than it's tinier rival Arusha, which is far-flung into the hinterland. is it that the Maasais (who are majority of the population/business owners) are more well off than Dar-ians, or the Islam culture of kuomba dua (which loses significant working hours per week) and non profitable lending among muslims, which contribute to slowed economic activities?
Just for incidentally similar comparison, Mombasa too is slow, less developed, yet goods enter through it, to make transportation charges rise their coat once in Nairobi. In Nigeria, the muslim north has the capital (Abuja), but it is smaller compared to the majority Christian port of Lagos. The Nigerian case can be applied to most other port cities around the planet, they outgrow (or grow before) the hinterland cities they share a mother country with. Doesn't it go without saying that Islam is detrimental to Development? (not that christianity is any better, but at least it doesn't get in the way of business).
Dar is lucky to be serving as far as Zambia and Congo, otherwise, Arusha would have taken lead with commercial activity, its other disadvantage being it's significantly far from the port of Dar. Dar is being held back a lot by Islam culture (same for Mombasa), but this is a forever problem that will never get solved. Methinks Tanzania was double fucked by the concotion of Islam and Nationalism. A deadly retrogression combo for any pre-colonized African country.