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Mauritania: Nouakchott City


Nouakchott is the capital and by far the major city of Mauritania. It is of the major cities in the Sahara. The city is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania.


Nouakchott features an arid climate with hot summers and warm “winters”. Because of its location, temperatures are hot for most of the year. However, Nouakchott possesses a mild temperature range compared to other cities in this climate. While average high temperatures are relatively constant at around 32 °C (89.6 °F), average low temperatures can range from 24 °C (75.2 °F) during the summer months to 13 °C (55.4 °F) during the "winter" months. Average low temperatures can be as low as 10 °C (50.0 °F) during “winter” months in Nouakchott. Average rainfall in the city is 159 millimetres (6.3 in) a year. The bulk of the precipitation typically falls within August, the month that forms the city’s very brief wet season.


The town was first divided into districts (moughataa) in 1973. First it was divided into. From 1986, the city has been split into nine districts.
Arafat;Dar Naim,El Mina,Ksar,Riad,Sebkha,Tevragh-Zeina,Teyarett,Toujounine


Salt,adhesive, insecticides, rugs, carpets, embroidery, and craft products are produced in Nouakchott, with the port as well exporting copper. As of 2000, there are over 30 small or middle-sized factories in the city. Government and financial enterprises are as well significant. The airline Mauritania Airways has its chief office in the city. When Air Mauritanie existed, its chief office was in the city.


The city is home to the University of Nouakchott,[21] which is the only university in Mauritania and was opened in 1981. Approximately 8000 students study there, and it has a considerable impact on the city, according to some[who?]. Other higher education facilities include the National School of Government, and the National Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies. There are a lot of primary and secondary schools, part the majority prominent are the American International School of Nouakchott[22] and the Lycée Français Théodore Monod school.

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