Dakhla, Western Sahara

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Dakhla
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Dakhla, Western Sahara is located in Western Sahara
Dakhla
Location in Western Sahara
Coordinates: 23°43′N 15°57′W / 23.717°N 15.95°W / 23.717; -15.95Coordinates: 23°43′N 15°57′W / 23.717°N 15.95°W / 23.717; -15.95
Country Western Sahara
Controlled by Kingdom of Morocco
Claimed by Morocco Kingdom of Morocco,
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 55,618

Dakhla is a city in the south of Western Sahara. It lies in the Morooccan-controlled part of the country, about 550 kilometres (340 mi) south of El Aaiún. When Western Sahara was under Spanish rule the name of the city was Villa Cisneros. The city was founded in the 16th century. Today, its main economic activities are fishing and tourism. In 2004, 55,618 people lived there.[1] The city is built on a narrow peninsula of the Atlantic Coast

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