Orientation

Nouâdhibou is divided into three main sections: Keran, the town centre; Numerowatt, the ever-expanding section where most people live; and Cansado, around 10km south of Keran, essentially a large, dusty industrial zone where SNIM (Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière de Mauritanie) is based. The city has three ports: commercial, artisanal and SNIM's where iron ore is shipped out.