Dakhla, Western Sahara

city in Western Sahara

Dakhla (Berber: ⴷⴰⵅⵍⴰ) is a city in the south of Morocco. It lies about 550 kilometres (340 mi) south of El Aaiún. When South Morocco was under Spanish rule the name of the city was Villa Cisneros. The city was founded in the 16th century. Today, its main economic activities are fishing and tourism. In 2004, 55,618 people lived there.[1] The city is built on a narrow peninsula of the Atlantic Coast.

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Coordinates: Coordinates: 23°43′N 15°57′W / 23.717°N 15.950°W / 23.717; -15.950
 • Total55,618

There is a paved road that runs through the desert for about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) to the estuary of Wadi Draa. There are almost no settlements south of Dakla, to the border with Mauritania. Nouadhibou, in Mauritania is about 460 kilometres (290 mi) to the south.

There are daily bus connections form Dakhla to the north. There are no public transport connections to Mauritania to the south.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2013-03-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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