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Sustainable Tourism In Western Sahara Is Driven By The Wind

Rolling sand dunes and ascetic silence. Kites and boards flying over lagoon waters. And tomato farms. It's Dakhla, the windy Moroccan city of sustainability.

Camel exhibition in Dakhla
Camel exhibition in Dakhla
Agostina Delli Compagni

DAKHLA — Located on the Atlantic coast, at the edge of the Sahara, it used to be called "Villa Cisneros" after the Spanish founded it in 1884. During the second half of the 1970s, the small fishing port now called Dakhla was occupied by Mauritania, which was later defeated by the Polisario Liberation Front, a movement fighting for the independence of the region known as Western Sahara.

Since 1985, Dakhla belongs to Morocco, though it is part of the territory still claimed by those seeking an independent Western Sahara. But these days, it is not the politics that is making waves here. Just looking around, a visitor can begin to see the future. The wildlife reigns supreme along the sand paths at the mouth of the river Rio de Oro: The camels, goats, sheep, but also dolphins, flamingos and migratory birds are all around.

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