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Douala is the largest city in Cameroon and the capital of Cameroon's Littoral Province. Cameroon has the largest port and major international airport, Douala Airport; it is the most important capital source of the country. it handles most of the country's major exports, such as oil, cocoa and coffee, timber, and fruits.
The city is located on the banks of the Wouri River, the two sides linked by Bonaberi Bridge. Its has a population close to 3million.
The city is divided into quarters with Akwa and Bonanjo being the most important with Akwa being Douala's nightlife center and Bonanjo its center of commerce and administration. Along the city's main thoroughfare lie some of Cameroon's best restaurants, coffee houses and French-style patisseries; along the waterfront, many bars and bistros may be found, commanding views of the Gulf of Guinea and nearby mangrove swamps. Many of these are frequented by the city's large expatriate population, mainly French or Lebanese, most of whom work in the petroleum industry.
Douala is the 27th most expensive city in the world and the most expensive in Africa, overtaking Lagos, Nigeria at 32nd. It is ranked 27th for 2009, up from 34th in 2008. In 2007 it was ranked 24th in the world and 1st in Africa. Wealth also means there are a lot of casinos operating out of Douala. Click here for more information on casinos and gaming in Cameroon
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