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The city averages a little over 155 millimetres (6.1 in) of precipitation per year.

Based on annual mean temperatures, the city is one of the hottest major cities in the world.

Depicted as an icon for nationalism and diversity, Omdurman has been featured in numerous poems and songs.

Omdurman features a hot arid climate, with only the summer months seeing noticeable precipitation.

Some of Omdurman's famous arts facilities include the National Theatre, Al-Arays (Puppets) Theatre, Alwataniya Cinema, Sudan TV and radio station studios, The Higher Institute for Music and Theatre and Qasr Alshabab o Alatfal (Youth & Kids Palace).

Every Friday evening at Sheikh Hamad-al Nil Tomb in Omdurman one can see the Whirling Dervishes.

Following the defeat of the besieged defenders of Khartoum in 1885, the Mahdi's successor, Khalifa ʻAbdullahi ibn Muḥammad, made Omdurman his capital.

The city, now the location of the tomb of the Mahdi, grew rapidly.Then, General Kitchener proceeded to order the destruction of the Mahdi's tomb and in Churchill's words "carried off the Mahdi's head in a kerosene can as a trophy".

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