Laâyoune Province

Laâyoune (Arabic:إقليم العيون) is a delineated province in the north-west of Moroccan economic region of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, which is situated within the northern part of the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Its population in 2004 was 210,023 (when it still included the population of the new Tarfaya Province, created in 2009). In today's limits of the province the population was 199,603.[1] Its main town is Laayoune.[2]

Water reservoir at the Seguiet-el-Hamra River


The province is divided administratively into the following:[3]

NameGeographic codeTypeHouseholdsPopulation (2004)Foreign populationMoroccan populationNotes
El Marsa321.01.01.Municipality2850102291110218
Bou Craa321.03.01.Rural commune505251902519
Dcheira321.03.03.Rural commune313174511744
Foum El Oued321.03.05.Rural commune3251419141405

Since 2009, the following communes have been separated into the Tarfaya Province: The municipality of Tarfaya, and the rural communes of El Hagounia, Akhfenir, Daoura, and Tah.[4]


  1. "World Gazteteer". Archived from the original on 9 February 2013.
  2. "World Gazteteer". Archived from the original on 9 February 2013.
  3. "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 27 April 2012.
  4. "Annuaire statistique régional Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra, 2010 (version arabe et française)" (in French and Arabic). The Government of Morocco. Retrieved 31 December 2013.

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