Nouakchott Tourism, Mauritania

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Nouakchott (/nwɑːkˈʃɒt/, Arabic: نواكشوط‎‎ Nuwākshūṭ, originally derived from Berber Nawākšūṭ, "place of the winds") is the capital and largest city of Mauritania. It is one of the largest cities in the Sahara. The city is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania. Nouakchott was a small village of little importance until 1958, when it was chosen as the capital of the nascent nation of Mauritania. It was designed and built to accommodate 15,000 people, but droughts since the 1970s have displaced a vast number of Mauritanians, who resettled in Nouakchott. This caused rapid urban growth and overcrowding, with the city having an estimated population of 2 million in 2008 despite the official figures being under a million. The resettled population inhabited slum areas under poor conditions, but the living conditions of a portion of these inhabitants have since been ameliorated. Nouakchott is the hub of the Mauritanian economy and is home to a port that handles 500,000 tonnes of cargo per year and one of the country's two international airports (the other is Nouadhibou, the country's second largest city and a major port, in the north. A significant part of the population had led a nomadic lifestyle, but massive droughts in the 1970s and following years brought about significant urbanization, with many former nomads setting up tents and relocating within the city. The city hosts the University of Nouakchott and several markets.


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Facts and Stats for Nouakchott*

  • Pollution Statistics in Nouakchott

    Know the pollution level of Nouakchott before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 83.33 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 91.67 (Very High)
  • Nouakchott: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Nouakchott for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nouakchott.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 37.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 33.33 (Low)
  • Living in Nouakchott - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 63.02 (High)
    • Climate Index 77.29 (High)
    • Pollution Index 64.37 (High)
    • Health Care Index 40.28 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Nouakchott

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Nouakchott

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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