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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.
The city is served by Laghouat Airport (IATA: LOO, ICAO: DAUL).
The location and nature
Laghouat is a regional centre in the Algerian steppe, : an oasis south of Algiers and lined with gardens. It is built on the banks of the Wadi Mzee, which flows eastwards from the Amour Mountains and is one of a large number of seasonal streams that empty into Chott Melrhir.
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