Location of Laghouat in Laghouat Province
|• Mayor||Benbehaz béchir|
|• Total||400 km2 (200 sq mi)|
|Elevation||769 m (2,523 ft)|
|Population (2008 census)|
|• Density||340/km2 (870/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|ISO 3166 code||CP|
Laghouat (English: Laghwat French: Laghouat Arabic: الأغواط) is the capital city of the Laghouat Province, Algeria, 400 km south of the Algerian capital Algiers. As of 2005, the population of the city was 126,291 inhabitants. Nearby, in Hassi R'Mel, there is the largest natural gas reserve in Africa.
Laghwat town in the Amour Range of the Saharan Atlas is an oasis on the north edge of the Sahara Desert. It is an important administrative and military center and marketplace and is known for rug and tapestry weaving. There are natural gas deposits in the region. The town has a meteorological station. Laghouat traces its history at least to the 11th century. It paid tribute to Morocco in the 17th century. The Turks captured Laghouat in 1786, and the French conquered the city in 1852.
The city is served by Laghouat Airport (IATA: LOO, ICAO: DAUL).
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