Mogadishu today: The reason Mogadishu was described as the "White Pearl" - Somger - Free Travel

The reason Mogadishu was described as the "White Pearl" is because of its history as a beach resort for Italians and other Europeans, with luxury hotels on beautiful beaches. The origins of "White Pearl" term can be traced back to 1892 when Ali Bin Said, the fourth caliphate of Zanzibar, leased Mogadishu to the Italians.