Mogadishu (/ˌmɔːɡəˈdiːʃuː/;Somali: Muqdisho Somali pronunciation: [mʉqdɪʃɔ];[stress and tone?]Arabic: مقديشو IPA: [maqadiːʃuː]),[stress?] known locally as Xamar or Hamar, is the capital and most populous city of Somalia. Located in the coastal Banaadir region on the Indian Ocean, the city has served as an important port for millennia. As of 2017[update], it has a population of 2,425,000 residents.