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Full nameMombasa
Official nameMombasa
Settlement typeCity
ProvinceCoast Province
DistrictMombasa District
MayorAhmed Abubakar Mohdhar
Total Area113.9 sq mi (295 km2)
Land Area88.8 sq mi (230 km2)
Water Area25.1 sq mi (65 km2)
Elevation164 ft (50 m)
Total Population939370 (2009)
Density (pop.)3184/km2 (8246.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)939370
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)

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Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya. Lying next to the Indian Ocean, it has a major port and an international airport. The city also serves as the centre of the coastal tourism industry.

Also known as Mombas in colonial times, its name derives from 'Manbasa'. This was the Arabic name of the former sultanate of 'Mvita', which had its capital here. In modern times the town is the headquarters of Mombasa District, which, like most other districts in Kenya, is named after its chief town.

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