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Nouakchott (Arabic: نواكشوط) is the capital and largest city of Mauritania. The city has a population of roughly 1 million people and is located in the west of the country, along the Atlantic coastline. The city is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania and is actually one of the biggest cities in the Sahara, as the desert ends right in the ocean here. The city is spread out and few high buildings can be found here. Although compared to many other place in the country it has good facilities for travellers, it is not really an attractive city to spend several days.
Nouakchott is, despite its location near the sea, a hot and dry place with temperatures usually between 30 °C and 35 °C during the day and well above 20 °C at night. January is the coldest month, but still temperatures average between 16 °C at night and 28 °C during the day. October is the hottest month and temperatures of 45 °C are not uncommon when the wind blows straight from the desert. August and September have the highest rainfall but it usually is not more than around 40 mm or so. Other months are almost as dry as they could be with 1 or 2 days having a rainshower.
Nouakchott International Airport (NKC) receives a number of international flights, including those with the national airlineMauritania Airways. International flighst include those to and from Abidjan, Algiers, Bamako, Brazzaville, Casablanca, Cotonou, Dakar, Las Palmas and Paris. All these destinations and Tunis are served by other airlines as well, mainly the national ones like Air Algérie and Air France.
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