Dakar, a welcoming and modern city

Friday, October 2, 2020
Dakar, a welcoming and modern city

Dakar, capital of Senegal, will be the host city of the 9th World Water Forum. A true crossroads of West Africa, Senegal is a country with multiple influences reconciling modernity and respect for tradition. Dakar, a modern and dynamic capital, fully reflects this openness to the world. Located on the Atlantic coast of the African continent, Senegal is by its geographical position a privileged gateway to West Africa.

The country enjoys an incomparable geographical proximity with several regions of the world. It is 6 hours from Europe and 7 hours from the United States by plane. Dakar is at the crossroads of several maritime routes too.

Modern airport and port infrastructures as well as competent service providers make it possible to offer quality logistical services. As an influential player in Africa, Senegal enjoys great stability and is cited as an example throughout the world.

Senegal stands out for its leadership in making major decisions concerning Africa and major global issues. Senegalese exemplarity is built on a solid democratic base with an uninterrupted functioning of the institutions since the independence of the country on April 4, 1960. Democracy, a multiparty system, solid institutions, recognition of political and social rights, and freedom of expression make it a model in Africa.

Senegal is often designated as the country of Teranga (hospitality in the Wolof language) which is based on the great attention given to foreigners and the warm welcome that is reserved to them so that their stay in the country is unforgettable. The population is very much attached to this value and pays particular attention to the well-being of its guests.

Some figures

  • Surface area: 196,722 km2
  • Population: 16 million
  • Dakar: 3 million
  • Currency: XOF CFA franc 1 € = 655,957CFA

Dakar, capital of Senegal, is located on the peninsula of Cap Vert facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is a cosmopolitan African city of more than three million inhabitants. It is located on an old volcano - nowadays surmounted by the lighthouse of Mamelles - which after a long erosion, gave the rocky promontory of the peninsula of Cap Vert, the island of Gorée in the south, the islands of Madeleine to the west and Ngor Island to the north. From the Administrative Plateau to the sprawling suburbs of Pikine and Guediawaye, the Grand Dakar extends over almost the entire peninsula of Cap Vert.

Dakar is one of the most dynamic cities in Africa with beautiful beaches, colorful markets, numerous museums, hotels and restaurants popular with tourists. It is a real crossroads with modern facilities, highways, the new airport Blaise Diagne etc. In a subtropical desert zone, Dakar benefits from a mild microclimate, influenced by the maritime trade winds and the monsoon.

To visit 

  • Goree, world historical heritage
  • The Museum of Black Civilizations
  • The Museum of African Arts
  • The Léopold Sédar Senghor Museum
  • The Mamelles lighthouse
  • The artisanal Soumbédioune market
  • The pink lake, wonder of nature
  • Dakar markets etc.