Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

What are the particular advantages of living in this city?

Quiet, peaceful pace of life. Proximity to the beach (20 minutes). Good housing, nice embassy compound, great Embassy community. - Aug 2021

Not really just close to work. - Aug 2021

You get to live in Africa, specifically West Africa, without the high level of malaria of sub-Saharan Africa while feeling safe. - Sep 2020

It is what you make of it. It is a place of tremendous opportunity if you are willing to look for it (Arabic and French language helps!) - Apr 2019

Well, there's not a ton to do, so it's a simple life. You have the ability to save a lot of money and spend good quality time with your family, if you have one. The weather in the winter time is heavenly. In the summer, not so much. - May 2016

You can save money if you have a local do your shopping for you. There is the local price and the tubob price. - Dec 2015

There are no real advantages to living in Nouakchott anymore. Unfortunately, the culture and tourism aspects of Mauritania are quickly being made inaccessible by an increased terrorist threat and an increase in hardline conservative Islam practices. The city, which once was a rustic west African Fishing village where people were accepting and moderate, has changed significantly in last 15 years. The "feel" of the city has changed. Crime is increasing, the local media seems to be afraid to honestly assess the situation, and the city is becoming overcrowded. - Apr 2014

To have been somewhere few people have heard of and fewer have ever visited. - Aug 2011

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