Dakar, Senegal’s capital and biggest city, is often considered as the cultural and economic heart of French-speaking West Africa. The metropolitan area has a population of around 2.4 million people and is located at the tip of the Cap Verte peninsula, which is Africa’s westernmost point.
Because it has strong air links with Western Europe, Dakar is often the first destination for visitors visiting French-speaking West Africa, while Abidjan, the other major French-speaking West African city, does not.
The Senegal National Assembly and the Presidential Palace are both located in Dakar, which is a significant administrative hub.
Dakar – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 1,056,009/ Metro: 2,452,656|
|FOUNDED :||15th century|
|TIME ZONE :||GMT (UTC+0)|
|LANGUAGE :||French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka|
|RELIGION :||Muslim 94%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic), indigenous beliefs 1%|
|AREA :||83 km2 (32 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||22 m (72 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||14°41′34″N 17°26′48″W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49%
• Female: 51%
|ETHNIC :||Wolof 44%, Pular 23.8%, Serer 14.5%, Jola 3.7%, Other 14%|
|AREA CODE :||8|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+221 8|
Tourism in Dakar
Because it has strong air links with Western Europe, Dakar is often the first destination for visitors visiting French-speaking West Africa, while Abidjan, the other major French-speaking West African city, doesn’t really.
Major marketplaces, the Dakar Grand Mosque (constructed in 1964), Dakar Cathedral, Gorée Island, the IFAN Museum of West African culture, the recently finished African Renaissance Monument, clifftop hikes and beaches, and Parc de Hann, dubbed the Senegal Zoo, are among Dakar’s attractions.
Dakar is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities and was formerly the final line of the Dakar Rally. The University of Dakar, commonly known as Cheikh Anta Diop University, was founded in 1957.
Dakar boasts a thriving music scene and is a popular destination for young people. Take a look at the wonderfully diverse and interesting styles.
The city has several wonderful (and quite costly) haute-couture, embroidered traditional west African Muslim clothing businesses.
Climate of Dakar
The climate on Dakaria is typically warm. Dakar’s climate is hot and semi-arid, with a brief wet season and a long dry season.
The wet season in Dakar runs from July to October, while the dry season lasts for the remaining eight months. A total of 495 millimetres (19.5 in) of precipitation falls on the city each year.
Dakar is normally warm between December and May, with daily temperatures ranging between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius (75 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit). The nights are pleasant at this time of year, with temperatures ranging from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius (63 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit).
Between May and November, however, the city gets noticeably warmer, with daytime highs of 29–31 °C (84–88 °F) and night lows just above 23–24 °C (73–75 °F).