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WESTERN SAHARA
 
   
   
 

Western Sahara Identity Card

 

 
Country name: Western Sahara
Area: 266,000 sq km
Coastline: 1,110 km
Highest point: unnamed location 463 m
Population: 273,008
Density: 1/km2
Languages: Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic
Religions: Muslim
Government type: territory contested by Morocco and Polisario Front
Currency (code): Moroccan dirham (MAD)
ISO CODE Alpha2: EH
ISO CODE Alpha3: ESH
ISO NUMERIC CODE: 732
Calling code: +212 8
Internet country code: .eh
Time Zone: + 0.0 H

 
 
 
 

Western Sahara, as the name suggests, preserves the Saharan odyssey that sprawl over the smooth curves of the endless sand dunes. Amidst the miles of barren beauty, travellers will discover some breathtaking sights by the vast coast of North Atlantic Ocean. Located in the north western side of Africa, Western Sahara is one of the most sparsely populated places on earth. There are some small mountains in south and northeast of the country but are not of much significance. The hot and dry climate accompanied by lack of rainfall contributes to the arid conditions of Western Sahara. However, the earth crust of this country retains one of the best reserves of phosphates in the world.
Western Sahara doesn’t possess a clear historic timeline until the Arabs arrived with influence of Islam in the 8th century. The first touch with the outer world came with the Spanish in late 19th century who went on to establish the province of Spanish Sahara in 1958. When the Spanish departed in 1976, both Morocco and Polisario Front of Mauritania sought to control the territories of present day Western Sahara. Today the administrative dispute between Kingdom of Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) of the Polisario Front continues while Western Sahara remains enlisted with the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

 



 

 

 
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