Atlas of Western Sahara

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الصحراء الغربية

[1]العربية [2]الصحراء الغربية - الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الديمقراطية


الإمارات العربية المتحدة هي دولة تقع في شرق شبه الجزيرة العربية في جنوب غرب قارة آسيا مطلة على الشاطئ الجنوبي الخليج العربي . لها حدود مشتركة من الشمال الغربي مع دولة قطر. من الجنوب و الغرب مع المملكة العربية السعودية و من الجنوب الشرقي مع سلطنة عُمان. تأتي تسمية الإمارات نسبة إلى الإمارات السبع المشكلة للإتحاد و هي: أبوظبي, دبي, الشارقة, عجمان, رأس الخيمة, أم القيوين و الفجيرة. كومونز هنالك المزيد من الملفات في ويكيميديا كومونز حول : الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Español Sahara Occidental - República Árabe Saharaui Democrática/Provincias Meridionales

El Sahara Occidental es un territorio de África, situado en el extremo occidental del desierto del Sahara. Está en la lista de territorios no autónomos de las Naciones Unidas, cuyo proceso de descolonización fue interrumpido por el abandono del territorio por su antigua potencia colonial, España, en 1976, la cual dejó el territorio en manos de Marruecos y Mauritania, tras firmar con ellos los Acuerdos de Madrid. El territorio se encuentra ocupado actualmente casi en su totalidad por Marruecos, aunque su soberanía sobre este territorio no está reconocida por la ONU, y es rechazada por el Frente Polisario, que proclamó la independencia del Sahara Occidental con el nombre de República Árabe Saharaui Democrática (RASD) en 1976. La RASD administra, de facto, el territorio del Sahara Occidental no controlado por Marruecos, a los que denomina territorios liberados. Marruecos denomina al territorio Provincias Meridionales.

English Western Sahara - Southern Provinces of Morocco (claimed by Morocco)
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (declared independant but unrecognised)

Western Sahara is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. It is a territory of northwestern Africa, bordered by ► Morocco to the north, ► Algeria in the northeast, ► Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. The largest city is El Aaiún (Laâyoune), which is home to over a third of the population of the territory. Western Sahara has been on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories since the 1960s when it was a Spanish colony. The Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front's Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) dispute control of the territory. Since a United Nations-sponsored cease-fire agreement in 1991, most of the territory has been administered by Morocco as the Southern Provinces, the remainder by the SADR as the Free Zone. The SADR is recognized by 44 states, and a full member of the African Union. Moroccan territorial integrity has been supported by members of the Arab League, and by 25 states.


Short name  Western Sahara
Official  name Southern Provinces of Morocco (claimed by Morocco)
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (declared independant but unrecognised)
Status Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic declared independant in 1975, but claimed by Morocco as her own territory.
Location North Africa
Capital El-Aaiún (العيون)
Symbolic and provisional de facto of SADR Bir Lehlou
Population 341,000 inhabitants
Area 266,000 km²
Major  languages Arabic and Hassaniya
Major  religions Islam
More information Western Sahara, Geography of Western Sahara, History of Western Sahara and Politics of Western Sahara
More  images Western Sahara - Western Sahara (Category).

General maps

LocationWesternSahara.png Western Sahara
LocationmoroccowithSO.png Western Sahara and Morocco
Western Sahara-CIA WFB Map.png Map of Western Sahara
Westernsaharamap.png Map of Western Sahara, showing the Berm

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Western Sahara, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Western Sahara.

Marrocoprotectorate.png Divided Morocco and Spanish Sahara
Western sahara walls moroccan.png The Moroccan Wall
Western sahara map showing morocco and polisaro.gif Morocco and Polisario in Western Sahara
SADR location.png Morocco and Polisario in Western Sahara
W Sahara Map.png Division of Western Sahara

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.

[[|border|251x400px]] Spanish Sahara, 1958

Satellite maps

Western Sahara sat.png Satellite map

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  1. SADR version of the Intro.
  2. Romanization: Al-Ṣaḥrā' al-Ġarbiyyah - Al-Jumhūrīyya al-`Arabīyya as-Saḥrāwīyya ad-Dīmuqrātīyya.

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