El Aaiún, Laâyoune Province, Western Sahara

🇪🇭 Laâyoune or El Aaiún is the largest city of the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The city is under de facto administration by Morocco. The modern city is thought to have been founded by the Spanish captain Antonio de Oro in 1938. In 1940, Spain designated it as the capital of the Spanish Sahara. Laâyoune is the capital of the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region administered by Morocco, under the supervision of the UN peacekeeping mission MINURSO.

The town is divided in two by the dry river of Saguia el-Hamra. On the south side is the old lower town, constructed by Spanish colonists. A cathedral from that era is still active; its priests serve this city and Dakhla further south. Economy The city is a hub for fishing and for phosphate mining in the region.

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El Aaiún has a population of over 217,700 people.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Diplomatic missions Laâyoune has consulates from: 🇰🇲 Comoros; 🇬🇦 Gabon; 🇸🇹 São Tomé and Príncipe; 🇨🇫 Central African Republic; 🇨🇮 Ivory Coast; 🇧🇮 Burundi; 🇸🇿 Eswatini; 🇿🇲 Zambia; 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates; 🇧🇭 Bahrain.

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