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Durban

city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

One of the New 7 Wonders Cities

Durban

eThekwini, South Africa

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning “bay/lagoon”) is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban’s metropolitan municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. It forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. The metropolitan land area of 2,292 square kilometres (885 sq mi) is comparatively larger than other South African cities, resulting in a somewhat lower population density of 1,513/km2 (3,920/sq mi). It has the highest number of dollar millionaires added per year of any South African city with the number rising 200% between 2000 and 2014.

In May 2015, Durban was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur.

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Interesting Facts

Durban


Elevation above sea level

22 metre

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city, port city & city with millions of inhabitants

The Official

New 7 Wonders Cities

Kuala Lumpur

capital of Malaysia

Doha

capital of Qatar

Vigan

capital city of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Beirut

capital of Lebanon

Havana

capital city and commercial centre of Cuba

La Paz

De facto capital city of Bolivia

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