Dakhla-Oued Eddahab is one of 12 regions of Morocco
that were established by a territorial division in 2015.
Covering 18.4% of the kingdom’s area, Dakhla-Oued
Eddahab occupies a strategic location in the south, acting
as a bridge between Morocco and Europe via the Atlantic
Ocean, and Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa through
Mauritania. A number of natural resources can be found in
the region, including phosphates, salt and sand.
The region’s GDP per capita in 2019 was Dh86,166, more
than double the national average of Dh32,394, according
to the most recent figures from the High Commission for
Planning (Haut Commissariat au Plan, HCP). The growth
rate of gross income per capita in Dakhla-Oued Eddahab
is among the highest in the country, at 5.8% per year.
Moreover, the region’s contribution to national GDP has
grown in recent years, from 1.1% in 2015 to 1.3% in 2019,
according to the HCP. While this is a relatively small figure,
the region’s population of 178,600 in 2020 accounted for
around 0.5% of the country’s total of 37m, highlighting its
outsized impact on the national economy.

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