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El-Oued, Algeria.
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El-Oued, Algeria.

El-Oued, Algeria.
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El-Oued, Algeria.
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City and oasis in central-eastern Algeria with 110,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), north of the Grand Erg Oriental in the Sahara desert. The oases of Souf, in which El-Oued lies, is 40 km long.
It is the capital of El-Oued province with 560,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 54,573 km².
The economy deals with the products produced in the oasis, especially high-quality dates. There is also manufacture of carpets famous for the design with a brown cross, and woven cloth. El-Oued also serves as a hub for transport in its part of the Sahara.
El-Oued is well-connected with other urban centres as well as Tozeur in Tunisia by road.
El-Oued is a very attractive city with large quarters of traditional oasis architecture. Houses have the shape of cubes and domed roofs, streets are narrow and winding. The mosque has an unusual shape due to its double function as a fortress. El-Oued has been called "Village of a Thousand Domes".




By Tore Kjeilen