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Commune and town
M'Naguer is located in Algeria
Coordinates: 33°6′48″N 6°24′20″E / 33.11333°N 6.40556°E / 33.11333; 6.40556Coordinates: 33°6′48″N 6°24′20″E / 33.11333°N 6.40556°E / 33.11333; 6.40556
Country  Algeria
Province Ouargla Province
District Taibet District
Established[1] 1984
 • Total 8,892 km2 (3,433 sq mi)
Elevation 98 m (322 ft)
Population (2008)[2]
 • Total 14,179
 • Density 1.6/km2 (4.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

M'Naguer (also written M'Nagueur) is a town and commune in Taibet District, Ouargla Province, Algeria. According to the 2008 census it has a population of 14,179,[2] up from 11,243 in 1998,[3] and an annual population growth rate of 2.4%.[2]


M'Naguer lies at an elevation of 98 metres (322 ft) surrounded by palm groves, forming one of many scattered oases lying between Touggourt and El Oued. Beyond the oasis are the sand dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental desert.


Like most towns in Saharan Africa, M'Naguer has a hot desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters, and very little precipitation throughout the year.


Agriculture is the primary economic activity of M'Naguer, accounting for 63% of the economy. Palm farming is the most significant crop, although other fruits and vegetables are grown, along with the rearing of livestock such as sheep, goats, camels and cattle.[1]

The economy of M'Naguer also benefits from tourism; the oasis, the diversity of plants and animals, and architectural sites are important attractions. Traditional industries such as pottery, weaving and knitting are also significant.[1]


M'Naguer lies on the N16 national highway between Touggourt 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the west and El Oued 60 kilometres (37 mi) to the northeast. The district capital Taibet is 6 kilometres (4 mi) to the south via a local road, and the town of Benaceur is located on the N16 5 kilometres (3 mi) to the east. The town is 190 kilometres (120 mi) distant from the provincial capital Ouargla.[1]

The municipality of M'Naguer has an estimated 119 kilometres (74 mi) of local roads.[1]


2.8% of the population has a tertiary education (the second lowest in the province), and another 11.8% has completed secondary education.[4] The overall literacy rate is 66.1%, and is 75.3% among males (the second lowest in the province) and 56.3% among females.[5]


The commune is composed of 16 localities:[6]

  • M'Nagueur El Gherbi
  • El Bahri
  • El Hamraya
  • Oum Zebed Dahraouia
  • Oum Zebed Zaouia
  • Mouih El Kebche
  • Mouih Benali
  • Mouih Righi Gebli
  • Chabbi
  • Louibed
  • Boutara
  • El Asli
  • Sliaa
  • Tarfaya
  • Boukhechba
  • Chott Merouane


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Official website of the province of Ouargla - M'Naguer" (in Arabic). Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population: Ouargla Wilaya" (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Statoids
  4. ^ "Structure relative de la population résidente des ménages ordinaires et collectifs âgée de 6 ans et plus selon le niveau d'instruction et la commune de résidence." (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Taux d'analphabétisme et taux d'alphabétisation de la population âgée de 15 ans et plus, selon le sexe et la commune de résidence ." (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Décret n° 84-365, fixant la composition, la consistance et les limites territoriale des communes. Wilaya d'El Oued" (PDF) (in French). Journal officiel de la République Algérienne,. 19 December 1984. p. 1551. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
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