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Dăbuleni townhall
Dăbuleni townhall
Coat of arms of Dăbuleni
Dăbuleni is located in Romania
Location in Romania
Coordinates: 43°48′04″N 24°05′31″E / 43.80111°N 24.09194°E / 43.80111; 24.09194Coordinates: 43°48′04″N 24°05′31″E / 43.80111°N 24.09194°E / 43.80111; 24.09194
 • Mayor (2020–2024) Aurel Băjenaru[1] (PSD)
182.86 km2 (70.60 sq mi)
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneEET/EEST (UTC+2/+3)
Vehicle reg.DJ
Historical population
2002 13,888—    
2011 11,861−14.6%
Source: Census data

Dăbuleni (Romanian pronunciation: [dəbuˈlenʲ]) is a town of Dolj County, Oltenia, Romania. It was declared a town in 2004 (Law no. 83/2004). One village, Chiașu, is administered by the town.

Dăbuleni is known for the sandy areas surrounding it; since the 1980s, those areas have become part of an 800 km2 (310 sq mi) desert, known as the Oltenian Sahara. The town is the only place in Europe where a museum dedicated to sand exists. If the north part of the town is a desert, the south part is a Danube flooding area known as the patria pepenilor or patria lubenițelor (the "Motherland of the Melons" or "of the Watermelons"), from which the Dăbuleni melons are famous in all of Romania.

Dăbuleni is twinned since 2014 with Vaugneray, which is in France.[3]

Irrigation near Dăbuleni[edit]

With water pumped from the Danube, an irrigation scheme[4] was developed during 1971 to 1975 for some 100 square kilometres of fertile land in southern Oltenia.


Sand Museum of Dăbuleni[edit]

The Sand Museum of Dăbuleni (Muzeul Nisipului din Dăbuleni) is a museum in Dăbuleni that has a size of 12 hectares (30 acres).[5][6] Its entrance is free and it is often visited by researchers and common people.[6] The Sand Museum is located in the Oltenian Sahara, an area of around 80,000 ha (200,000 acres) in the Oltenia region, in the south of the Dolj County (near the Danube), where the town of Dăbuleni is located.[7] Romania has been claimed to be the only country with a museum dedicated to sand in Europe[5] or even the world.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Results of the 2020 local elections". Central Electoral Bureau. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  3. ^ "Parteneri" (in Romanian). Dăbuleni Town Hall. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ Beanz means Hines / Peter Hines — the worldwide civil engineer ISBN 978-1-71-456394-4 pages 17 and 18.
  5. ^ a b "Muzeul Nisipului există doar în România". Gândul (in Romanian). 23 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Gândul: Muzeul Nisipului există doar în România". Green Report (in Romanian). 13 December 2007.
  7. ^ a b "România are un Muzeu al nisipului unicat mondial" (in Romanian). Sindicatului Transportatorilor din București. 25 June 2020.
  8. ^ Golea, Sorin (21 May 2007). "Deșertul din Dăbuleni se inchiriază cu 600 de lei hectarul". Libertatea (in Romanian).