Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra

Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra (Arabic: العيون بوجدور الساقية الحمراء) was one of the sixteen regions of Morocco from 1997 to 2015. It was mainly located in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, covered an area of 139,480 square kilometres (53,850 sq mi) and had a population of 301,744 as of the 2004 census.[1] Its capital was Laayoune. In September 2015, the region was combined with Es-Semara Province in Guelmim-Es Semara to form the new region of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra.

Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra

العيون بوجدور الساقية الحمراء
The cathedral of Laayoune, the regional capital and largest settlement.
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 26°08′N 14°30′W
Country Morocco
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
AbolishedSeptember 2015
  Total139,480 km2 (53,850 sq mi)
  Density2.2/km2 (5.6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)


The region was bordered to the east by the region of Guelmim-Es Semara. To the south was the region of Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira, entirely within the Western Sahara. The east of the region bordered the Mauritanian region of Tiris Zemmour. Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra had a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, facing the Spanish Canary Islands.

The region consisted of the following provinces:

Municipalities by population (2004 census)

The capital Laayoune contained 73% of the region's population. Of the four municipalities, only Tarfaya was outside the disputed area.[2]


  1. "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat de 2004" (PDF). Haut-commissariat au Plan, Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. Maaroufi, Youssef. "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2004".
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