Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

Most people go to the beach on the weekends, and camping once every month or every few months. Day trips in 4x4s to local dunes or just driving on the beach is also an option. House parties during non-covid times are frequent. There is one art gallery/farmers market run by a French expat on Saturdays that is popular, and the French institute has small outdoor concerts and other events. It is a slow, quiet pace of life here, but there are definitely activities especially if you can make friends with the French expat community. - Aug 2021

Embassy functions and the beach on the weekends. - Aug 2021

People go to each others' houses. There is also an International Women's Club that is popular. - Sep 2020

Dinners/outings with friends, CLO trips, twice monthly ZeinArt community "fairs". - Apr 2019

We are a "make your own fun" post. Since this is a dry country and there are really NO public places where diplomats or expatriates gather, our Embassy hosts monthly happy hours with beer and wine which go over very well and are a great morale booster. The Community Liaison Office Coordinator (CLO) works very hard to make things fun for us. There is monthly trivia night, and people entertain in their homes. Things are busier than one would expect. - May 2016

Parties at residences. Dinner and drinks at other residences. There is ZERO nightlife in Nouakchott. - Dec 2015

Entertain in your home. - Apr 2014

Most entertaining happens at others' homes or at embassies. There are some nightclubs, but I am the wrong person to ask. People seem to be very good at making their own fun. - Aug 2011

Dinner parties. - Dec 2009

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