Douala is the lairgest ceety in Cameroon, the caipital o Cameroon's Littoral Region an the richest ceety in the whole CEMAC region o sax countries. Home tae Cameroon's lairgest port an its major internaitional airport, Douala Internaitional Airport, it is the commercial caipital o the kintra. Consequently, it handles maist o the kintra's major exports, such as ile, cocoa an coffee, timber, metals an fruits. As o 2010 the ceety an its surroondin aurie haed an estimatit population that surpassed 3,000,000 indwallers. The ceety sits on the estuary o the Wouri River an its climate is tropical. Settlements haed already existit on present-day Douala prior tae the arrival o the Portuguese, Breetish, an Germans; however, it wis during the German colonization that the ceety began tae develop rapidly as a commercial an poleetical hub o the German colonial admeenistration. Durin Warld War I bitter battles wur foucht for control o Douala. Bi the time the war endit the Breetish an the French haed seized the ceety frae the Germans. A jynt Anglo-French condominium govrened the ceety till a comprehensive agreement cedit it (an much o Cameroon) tae the French. Efter the unthirldom o Cameroon, Douala haes grown rapidly. Local industries, trade, an ither opportunities hae attractit an unprecedentit influx o migrants, especially frae the wastren region o Cameroon. Fowk frae ither kintras in the region hae an aa permanently settled in the ceety; thay include Nigerians, Chadians, an Malians. In recent times ceety authorities hae been owerwhelmed bi rapidly increasing population; services are stretched an thare is an urgent need tae enhance the ceety's abeelity tae cope wi the rapid growth. Douala is the 27t maist expensive ceety in the warld an the maist expensive in Africae, owertakin Lagos, Nigerie at 32nd. It is ranked 27t for 2009, up frae 34t in 2008. In 2007 it wis ranked 24t in the warld an 1st in Africae. Douala is the first ceety in tropical Africae tae hae a piped natural gas supply (presently servin anly industrial customers). Douala is the hometoun o FC Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, an Wrexham FC goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi.