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Luxury dining on Somali beach as market matures

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Beachfront dining, fresh lobster, and a European clientele: Somalia’s restaurant scene is quickly changing for the better.

Somali businessman Ahmed Jama recently returned to Somalia from London to open two Western-style restaurants in two hotels he owns, one on the beachfront and the other in downtown Mogadishu. His beachfront property boasts stylish beach beds and flat-screen TVs.

Mogadishu _ the war-torn capital of Somalia _ has suffered from decades of war and insecurity. But it has blossomed in recent months in a way few could imagine even a year ago. It was only last August that African Union troops kicked al-Shabab militants out of the city. Since then, sports, arts and good food have returned.

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