Capital Nouakchott

Population 3,718,678

Area 1,030,700 km2

Key facts

Mauritania is a country located in Western Africa. There are 4 countries (Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Western Sahara) that Mauritania shares its borders with. The official language of Mauritania is Arabic.

The national currency in Mauritania is Mauritanian ouguiya (MRO). The ouguiya (UM) is subdivided into 5 khoums.




51020501 khoums1 ouguiya

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest No data available.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Mauritania.10.94 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Mauritania, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Mauritania. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).


What hotel chains are present in Mauritania?

There are no Mariott hotels in Mauritania.

There are no Hilton hotels in Mauritania.

There are no IHG hotels in Mauritania.

There are no Best Western hotels in Mauritania.

There are no Radisson hotels in Mauritania.

There are no Accor hotels in Mauritania.

What fast food chains are present in Mauritania?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Mauritania.

The KFC chain does not operate in Mauritania.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Mauritania.

The Subway chain does not operate in Mauritania.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Mauritania.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Mauritania.


What is the weather like in Nouakchott?

Today the sun in Nouakchott, rises at 6:39 AM and sets at 7:41 PM. The climate of Nouakchott may be categorized as a subtropical desert (BWh), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayJul 22OvercastLow: 26.3°C (79.34°F)High: 29.8°C (85.64°F)
TuesdayJul 23OvercastLow: 26°C (78.8°F)High: 30.2°C (86.36°F)
WednesdayJul 24OvercastLow: 26.2°C (79.16°F)High: 30.5°C (86.9°F)
ThursdayJul 25Partly cloudlyLow: 26.2°C (79.16°F)High: 30.3°C (86.54°F)
FridayJul 26Partly cloudlyLow: 25.3°C (77.54°F)High: 28.7°C (83.66°F)
SaturdayJul 27OvercastLow: 24.8°C (76.64°F)High: 29.5°C (85.1°F)

Weather data for Nouakchott (capital city) by


Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Mauritania.

Car Rental Hertz is available, but Avis , Sixt are not present in Mauritania.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.0, Mauritania is placed 88th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Mauritania traffic is right-handed.


Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 25.60 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Mauritania

117 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police


Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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