Mauritania

General Information about Mauritania

Mauritania is situated in north-west Africa and includes a large part of the Sahara desert. Mauritania is bordered by the Western Sahara and Algeria on the North, Sehegal on the south, Mali on the east and south east and the North Atlantic Ocean on the west. Along the North Atlantic coast lies Mauritania's capital and largest city Nouakchott which is home to over 600,000 people. As the country is mostly desert, it has a very hot, dry climate year round. Mauritanian people speak Arabic and the entire 3,270,000 population are Muslim.

Mauritania also boasts a World Heritage site, Ouadâne. At the base of the town is a 14th century mosque and oasis-style gardens. At the top of the hill Ouadâne has a newer mosque and is also one of the most popular semi-ghost towns of the Sahara.

Climate

Find Out About The Climate Of Mauritania

The climate of Mauritania is usually desert like with about two thirds of the country experiencing Saharan type weather. Mauritania expereinces strong winds mainly blowing in from the north east and is more commonly known as trade winds which can be as strong as 30 miles per hour. The average temperature for half of the year sits at 38 degrees. January is the coolest month to visit with highs of 13 degrees and July is quite temperate with averages of 19 degrees. The wet season in Selibaby is between June and October with as much as 25 inches.

Geography

Geographical Information On Mauritania

Mauritania has a coastline of 754 kilometres and a total land area of 1,030,700 square kilometres and can be compared to the size of Egypt. The highest peak in Mauritania is Kediet Ijil which rises to 915 metres whereas the lowest peak of Sebkhet Te-n-Dghamcha measures in at 5 metres below sea level. Mauritania has four different ecological zones which are the Saharan Zone, the Sahelian Zone, the Senegal River Valley, and the Coastal Zone. These zones all vary from one to the other however there is no clear outline between these zones. Along the border of Mauritania and Mali the Karakoro River can be found and is also Mauritania's main river.

Economy

Learn About The Economy In Mauritania

The economy of Mauritania heavily relies on the agricultural industry with most of the population depending on this as an income. The service industry is the second largest support to the economy offering 29 percent and the industry and commerce provides 14 percent. Mauritania is rich is iron ore which contributes approximately 50 percent of the total exports. The main produces are dates, cattle, sheep, and fish products. Mauritania also has some of the world's richest fishing areas but is controlled mostly by foreigners. Despite all of this the country is amongst the poorest and receives financial aid from many countries such as Franch, Japan, China, and the United States. The official currency is the Ouguiya.

Apartments in Mauritania

* Nouakchott Apartments


Hotels in Mauritania

* Atar Hotels* Chinguetti Hotels* Nouadhibou Hotels
* Nouakchott Hotels


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