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13 Important Facts About Nouakchott, host of the 31st AU Summit

Nouakchott is the capital city of Mauritania, the host of the  31st ordinary session of African Union Heads of State and Government.

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  1. Nouakchott is the capital city of Mauritania.
  2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Nwahk-shot.
  3. The total land area of Nouakchott is 400 square miles (1,036 square kilometres)…
  4.  Nouakchott is one of the largest cities in the Saharan desert!
  5. Nouakchott’s population was 968,000 in 2015…
  6. Nouakchott has a population density of around 2,420 residents per square mile.
  7. Nouakchott is located 23 ft above sea level!
  8. Despite being in the Saharan desert, Nouakchott actually boasts a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean!
  9. Residents of Nouakchott are known as Mauritanians.
  10. Mauritanians living in Nouakchott enjoy a hot desert climate with a relatively mild temperature range and an average annual temperature of 26°C.
  11. Looking to fly yourself to Nouakchott? You’ll need the coordinates of 18.1000° N, 15.9500° W.
  12. Make sure you visit the Banc d’Arguin National Park if you’re in Nouakchott; it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see a variety of migrating birds, seals, turtles, dolphins and around 45 species of fish!
  13. The Saharan city of Nouakchott was a small fishing village until 1957, when Mauritania attained independence. The new capital city of a young country, Nouakchott has changed quite a bit since the Sixties, with mosques, government buildings, and street markets rising up out of the desert sand. Spread out over land that constantly being encroached upon by massive dunes, and inhabited by a nomadic people that don’t keep their tents pitched in one place for very long, the city is always in flux.
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