Western Sahara Travel Overview
At a glance
Capital: El Aaiun (See more on BAGLIB.COM)
Official language: Arabic
Occupied and mined desert
Western Sahara never achieved autonomy. After the colonial government withdrew, the country was occupied by Morocco, which still lays claim to the area.
Western Sahara is located in North Africa. It largely borders on Mauritania and has a narrow border strip with Morocco in the north. The status of the region has not yet been clarified. As the Democratic Arab Republic of the Sahara, the region is only recognized by 53 countries.
The drive from West Sahara to Mauritania is only possible on the official road and secured by a mine field on the left and right. For the border crossing to Mauritania you should have plenty of time and a good knowledge of French.
Western Sahara has been an area annexed to Morocco since 1975. The United Nations maintains the MINURSO permanent observation mission across the country. Traveling to Western Sahara is generally not advisable, as parts of the country and especially the border area with Morocco are mined.
Geo coordinates: N 24 ° 12 ‘55.9 ” W -12 ° -53’ -9″
Highest mountain: unnamed (463 m)
Total area: 266,000 km²
Mainland: 266,000 km²
National border: 2,046 km
Coastline: 1,110 km
Dependency: Morocco since 1976
Electricity consumption: 95 million KWh
Oil consumption: 1,800 million m³
Cultivation area: 0.02%
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: EH
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: ESH
ISO 3166 numeric: 732
Top Level Domain: eh
UN / LOCODE: EH
Main religious group: Muslims