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Tourism in Libya on the Rise
by:
Mourad Teyeb 

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A senior executive of the Libyan Tourism and investment Promoting Authority has reported that both the Libyan government and Libyan private sector, specifically, have been taking steps to attract a greater number of tourists to the country.

According to Al-Bayan newspaper, those involved in the effort include more than 300 Libyan public and private travel agencies and businesses. The targeted number of tourists is three million over the next five years, originating from locations such as North America, Southeastern Asia and Europe. The authority is planning on implementing several integrated investment projects for the purpose.

Following the lifting of an embargo previously imposed on the country, Libya has seen a noticeable increase in the number of tourists. Archeology, the desert, and therapeutic remedies have lured more than 570,000 in the past two years. Approximately 100,000 of those have been of European origin, while the remainder have come from Japan, China and Latin America.

The mysteries of Mauritania

Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, this North African country, with an estimated population of 2.2 million, contains a mixture of nomadic Moors of Berber and Arab origin and Africans. The official languages are Arabic and Wolof, while the capital city of Mauritania is Nouakchott. The country has borders with Western Sahara, Algeria, Mali and Senegal, with a beautiful coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.

Those arriving by air will most likely land in the capital city of Nouakchott. Its population is currently around 600,000 and is the largest city in the Sahara. The city itself is very laid back, has a great stretch of beach and a lively market, where travellers can enjoy outside entertainment and shopping, especially for unique local handicrafts. There are two mosques and a museum for travellers that just don't feel right skipping the usual "tourist" attractions. The only real drawback here is the high price of travelling, with hotel prices reaching as high as $30-$100!

A great getaway not far from Nouakchott is Plage de Pecheurs, the beach port located some 5 kilometers away. This clear and clean beach, with sparkling blue waters and fishing boats is a great place for young people, where they meet, eat fresh fish grilled before their eyes.

Travellers wishing to dive deeper into the real Sahara experience should check out the desert city of Oulata, in the heart of Mauritania. Access to this gorgeous city is quite difficult, but worth the adventure. Known as one of the Saharan centers of Islamic scholarship, this isolated city is unique in its housing decorations.

The desert sands surrounding and the high temperatures are suitable for true adventurers, seeking the true essence of the Sahara desert.

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Mourad Teyeb Mourad Teyeb holds degrees in English and Literature, Educational Psychology, and Computer Science.  Fluent in English, French, Arabic, German, and Italian. Mourad's, Mourad trained with the African Center for the Training and with Recycling of  Journalists, Tunisian Papers and Magazines.  In additional to journalism, Mourad has also had travel agent tour operating training. (More about Mourad Teyeb.)

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