Western Sahara – Mauritania

Western Sahara is an area in North Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean, between Mauritania and Morocco. Its governance is disputed between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), but the majority of it is occupied by Morocco.

Western Sahara’s inhabitants, known as Sahrawis, are of Arab and Berber ethnicity. The direct ancestors of the present-day Saharawis were tribes which came from the Yemen in the XVth century. They crossed North Africa and eventually established themselves in the region of Western Sahara. The native language of the majority is Hassaniya Arabic, which is mutually unintelligible with Standard Arabic. Moroccan Arabic is also widely spoken, and is the lingua franca on the streets and the workplace.

The Sahrahawis follow Islamic culture. Islam arrived in the 8th century AD between the Berber populations who inhabited the western part of the Sahara. The Islamic faith quickly expanded, brought by Arab immigrants, who initially only blended superficially with the population, mostly confining themselves to the cities of present-day Morocco and Spain.

Traditional Sahrawi hospitality includes the serving of tea to all guests. For those interested in sight-seeing, there are few opportunities for wildlife or natural formations other than the dunes.

Western Sahara is a tropical desert, with similar weather to Dubai. The days are hot, often reaching 100F, lacking in humidity, and nights can be cool with lows in the 50sF. Fog can also come off of the cooler waters of the Atlantic Ocean, despite scarce water. Hot, dry, dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread Harmattan haze exists 60% of time, often severely restricting visibility.

Sahara has always been a centre of attraction for Arab Traders and European Tourists. The enchanting smell of the desert sand attracts the visitors for having a tour across the desert. Hence nobody can remain aloof visiting this Great Sahara. We strongly recommend you to visit this place if you are lover of desert beauty and versatility of life.

Part of The Annual Catalog 2013/14

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