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| image_caption = | image_seal = Dakar CoA.png| image_shield = | shield_size = | image_map = Dakar districts.svg| map_caption = City of Dakar, divided into 19 communes d'arrondissement| pushpin_map = Senegal#Africa|pushpin_relief=1| pushpin_label_position = | pushpin_map_caption = Location within Senegal
14341748region:SN|display=inline,title}}| subdivision_type = Country| subdivision_name = {{SEN}}Regions of Senegal>RégionDepartments of Senegal>DépartementDakar Region>DakarDakar Department>Dakar| established_title = Settled| established_date = 15th century| parts_type = Communes d'arrondissement| parts = 19| p1 = CambérèneUnited to Boost Senegal>BSS/PSList of mayors of Dakar>Mayor| leader_name = Soham El Wardini (2018)weblink. AFP. 2018-09-29| area_total_km2 = 83| elevation_footnotes =| elevation_m = 22| population_total = 1146053| population_as_of = 2013 estimate| population_footnotes = UN Data. Projection based on 2002 census.| population_density_km2 = 12510| population_metro = 2452656| population_density_metro_km2 = 4484| population_note = Data here are for the administrative Dakar région, which matches almost exactly the limits of the metropolitan area| postal_code_type = 12500| postal_code = | area_code = | website =| footnotes =| p2 = Parcelles Assaines| p3 = Pattie d'Oies| p4 = Hann Bel-Air| p5 = Dieuppeul Derklé| p6 = HLM| p7 = Biscuiterie| p8 = Grand Dakar| p9 = Plateau| p10 = Médina| p11 = Fass-Gueule Tapée-Colobane| p12 = Fann Point-E| p13 = Mermoz-Sacré-Coeur| p14 = Ouakam| p15 = Yoff| p16 = Ngor| p17 = Liberté| p18 = Grand-Yoff| p19 = Cape Verde PeninsulaGreenwich Mean Time>GMT| utc_offset = +0}}Dakar ({{IPAc-en|lang|pron|d|ɑː|ˈ|k|ɑːr}}; {{IPA-fr|dakaʁ|lang}}; )WEB,weblink Dakar - definition of Dakar, The Free Dictionary, 29 October 2013, {{IPAc-en|d|É™|ˈ|k|ɑːr|,_|d|ɑː|ˈ|k|ɑːr|,_|ˈ|d|æ|k|É™r}} DICTIONARY,weblink Define Dakar,, 29 October 2013, is the capital and largest city of Senegal. The city of Dakar proper has a population of 1,030,594, whereas the population of the Dakar metropolitan area is estimated at 2.45 million.WEB,weblink "Situation économique et sociale du Sénégal", édition 2005, page 163, Government of Senegal, Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie, French, PDF, 2007-11-18, dead,weblink" title="">weblink November 18, 2008, The area around Dakar was settled in the 15th century. The Portuguese established a presence on the island of Gorée off the coast of Cap-Vert and used it as a base for the Atlantic slave trade. France took over the island in 1677. Following the abolition of the slave trade and French annexation of the mainland area in the 19th century, Dakar grew into a major regional port and a major city of the French colonial empire. In 1902, Dakar replaced Saint-Louis as the capital of French West Africa. From 1959 to 1960, Dakar was the capital of the short-lived Mali Federation. In 1960, it became the capital of the independent Republic of Senegal.


{{see also|Timeline of Dakar}}The Cap-Vert peninsula was settled no later than the 15th century, by the Lebou people, an aquacultural ethnic group related to the neighboring Wolof and Serer. The original villages: Ouakam, Ngor, Yoff and Hann, still constitute distinctively Lebou neighborhoods of the city today. In 1444, the Portuguese reached the Bay of Dakar, initially as slave-raiders.Dinis Dias doubled Cap-Vert in 1444, but it is unclear if he sailed into the bay itself. Álvaro Fernandes anchored at the uninhabited island of Goree and lured and captured two natives off a Lebou fishing canoe before being driven off. The large slaving fleet of Lançarote de Freitas anchored in the bay, but their attempts to reach the mainland shore were fended off by missile fire and took no captives. The subsequent fleets of Estêvão Afonso (1446) and Valarte (1447) stopped briefly at Goree, but were also fended off the shores and took no captives. In the aftermath, Prince Henry the Navigator suspended all Portuguese expeditions beyond Cap-Vert for nearly a decade. There are no more recorded attempts until contact was made in 1456. (As reported in the 1453 chronicle of Gomes Eanes de Zurara)B.W. Diffie and G.D. Winius (1977) Foundations of the Portuguese empire, 1415-1580 Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp.83-85A. Teixeira da Mota (1946) "A descoberta da Guiné", Boletim cultural da Guiné Portuguesa, Vol. 1. No. 2 (Apr), p. 273-326. Peaceful contact was finally opened in 1456 by Diogo Gomes, and the bay was subsequently referred to as the "Angra de Bezeguiche" (after the name of the local ruler).A. Teixeira da Mota (1968) "Ilha de Santiago e Angra de Bezeguiche, escalas da carreira da India", Do tempo e da historia, Lisbon, v.3, pp.141-49. The bay of "Bezeguiche" would go on to serve as a critical stop for the Portuguese India Armadas of the early 16th century, where large fleets would routinely stop, both on their outward and return journeys from India, to repair, collect fresh water from the rivulets and wells along the Cap-Vert shore and trade for provisions with the local people for their remaining voyage. (It was famously during one of these stops, in 1501, where the Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci began to construct his "New World" hypothesis about America.Vespucci's letter from Bezeguiche is reproduced in F.A. de Varnhagen (1865) Amerigo Vespucci, pp.78-82.)The Portuguese eventually founded a settlement on the island of Gorée (then known as the island of Bezeguiche or Palma), which by 1536 they began to use as a base for slave exportation. The mainland of Cap-Vert, however, was under control of the Jolof Empire, as part of the western province of Cayor which seceded from Jolof in its own right in 1549. A new Lebou village, called Ndakaaru, was established directly across from Gorée in the 17th century to service the European trading factory with food and drinking water. Gorée was captured by the United Netherlands in 1588, which gave it its present name (spelled Goeree, after Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands). The island was to switch hands between the Portuguese and Dutch several more times before falling to the English under Admiral Robert Holmes on January 23, 1664, and finally to the French in 1677. Though under continuous French administration since, métis families, descended from Dutch and French traders and African wives, dominated the slave trade. The infamous "House of Slaves" was built at Gorée in 1776.In 1795, the Lebou of Cape Verde revolted against Cayor rule. A new theocratic state, subsequently called the "Lebou Republic" by the French, was established under the leadership of the Diop, a Muslim clerical family originally from Koki in Cayor. The capital of the republic was established at Ndakaaru. In 1857 the French established a military post at Ndakaaru (which they called "Dakar") and annexed the Lebou Republic, though its institutions continued to function nominally. The Serigne (also spelled Sëriñ, "Lord") of Ndakaaru is still recognized as the traditional political authority of the Lebou by the Senegalese State today.The slave trade was abolished by France in February 1794. However, Napoleon reinstated it in May 1802, then finally abolished it permanently in March 1815. Despite Napoleon's abolition, a clandestine slave trade continued at Gorée until 1848, when it was abolished throughout all French territories. To replace trade in slaves, the French promoted peanut cultivation on the mainland. As the peanut trade boomed, tiny Gorée Island, whose population had grown to 6,000 residents, proved ineffectual as a port. Traders from Gorée decided to move to the mainland and a "factory" with warehouses was established in Rufisque in 1840.(File:061 Dakar. - Une fontaine publique.jpg|left|thumb|A public water well, 1899)Large public expenditure for infrastructure was allocated by the colonial authorities to Dakar's development. The port facilities were improved with jetties, a telegraph line was established along the coast to Saint-Louis and the Dakar-Saint-Louis railway was completed in 1885, at which point the city became an important base for the conquest of the western Sudan.Gorée, including Dakar, was recognised as a French commune in 1872. Dakar itself was split off from Gorée as a separate commune in 1887. The citizens of the city elected their own mayor and municipal council and helped send an elected representative to the National Assembly in Paris. Dakar replaced Saint-Louis as the capital of French West Africa in 1902. Roman Adrian Cybriwsky, Capital Cities around the World: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2013, p. 93 A second major railroad, the Dakar-Niger built from 1906–1923, linked Dakar to Bamako and consolidated the city's position at the head of France's West African empire. In 1929, the commune of Gorée Island, now with only a few hundred inhabitants, was merged into Dakar.(File:057 Dakar. - Les entrepôts.jpg|thumb|Dakar Entrepôt. ca. 1900)Urbanization during the colonial period was marked by forms of racial and social segregation—often expressed in terms of health and hygiene—which continue to structure the city today. Following a plague epidemic in 1914, the authorities forced most of the African population out of old neighborhoods, or "Plateau", and into a new quarter, called Médina, separated from it by a "sanitary cordon". As first occupants of the land, the Lebou inhabitants of the city successfully resisted this expropriation. They were supported by Blaise Diagne, the first African to be elected Deputy to the National Assembly. Nonetheless, the Plateau thereafter became an administrative, commercial, and residential district increasingly reserved for Europeans and served as model for similar exclusionary administrative enclaves in French Africa's other colonial capitals (Bamako, Conakry, Abidjan, Brazzaville). Meanwhile, the Layene Sufi order, established by Seydina Mouhammadou Limamou Laye, was thriving among the Lebou in Yoff and in a new village called Cambérène. Since independence, urbanization has sprawled eastward past Pikine, a commuter suburb whose population (2001 est. 1,200,000) is greater than that of Dakar proper, to Rufisque, creating a conurbation of almost 3 million (over a quarter of the national population).In its colonial heyday Dakar was one of the major cities of the French Empire, comparable to Hanoi or Beirut. French trading firms established branch offices there and industrial investments (mills, breweries, refineries, canneries) were attracted by its port and rail facilities. It was also strategically important to France, which maintained an important naval base and coaling station in its harbor and which integrated it into its earliest air force and airmail circuits, most notably with the legendary Mermoz airfield (no longer extant).In 1940 Dakar became involved in the Second World War when General de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces, sought to make the city the base of his resistance operations. The object was to raise the Free French flag in West Africa, to occupy Dakar and thus start to consolidate the French resistance of its colonies in Africa. The plan had British naval support when fighting alone against the Axis powers. However, due to delays and the plan becoming known, Dakar had already come under the influence of the German controlled will of the Vichy government. With the arrival of French naval forces under Vichy control and faced by stubborn defences onshore, de Gaulle's proposals were resisted and the Battle of Dakar ensued off the coast lasting three days September 23–25, 1940, between the Vichy defences and the attack of the Free French and British navy. The enterprise was abandoned after appreciable naval losses. Although the initiative on Dakar failed, General de Gaulle was able to establish himself at Duala in the Cameroons which became the rallying point for the resistance of the Free French cause.Winston Churchill, The Second World War, Vol 2 Book II Chapter xxiv `Dakar`.John Williams, The Guns of Dakar: September, 1940 (Heinemann Educational Books, 1976).Martin Thomas, "The Anglo‐French divorce over West Africa and the limitations of strategic planning, June‐December 1940." Diplomacy and Statecraft 6.1 (1995): 252-278.In November 1944 West African conscripts of the French army mutinied against poor conditions at the Thiaroye camp, on the outskirts of the city. The mutiny was seen as an indictment of the colonial system and constituted a watershed for the nationalist movement.Dakar was the capital of the short-lived Mali Federation from 1959 to 1960, after which it became the capital of Senegal. The poet, philosopher and first President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor tried to transform Dakar into the "Sub-Saharan African Athens" (l’Athènes de l’Afrique subsaharienne),WEB, Discours de réception de M. Jean-Claude JUNCKER comme membre associé étranger à l’Académie des Sciences morales et politiques, French,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 2013-07-24, dead, as his vision was for it.Dakar is a major financial center, home to a dozen national and regional banks (including the BCEAO which manages the unified West African CFA currency), and to numerous international organizations, NGOs and international research centers. Dakar has a large Lebanese community (concentrated in the import-export sector) that dates to the 1920s, a community of Moroccan business people, as well as Mauritanian, Cape Verdean, and Guinean communities. The city is home to as many as 20,000 French expatriates. France still maintains an air force base at Yoff and the French fleet is serviced in Dakar's port.Beginning 1978 and until 2007, Dakar was frequently the ending point of the Dakar Rally.


(File:Spiaggia Dakar.JPG|300px|thumb|right|Beach in Dakar)It is located on the Cap-Vert peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city on the African mainland.


File:Dakar, Senegal.JPG|thumb|View of Dakar from the International Space StationInternational Space StationThe Dakarois climate is generally warm. Dakar has a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification: BSh), with a short rainy season and a lengthy dry season. Dakar's rainy season lasts from July to October while the dry season covers the remaining eight months. The city sees approximately {{convert|495|mm|abbr=on}} of precipitation per year.Dakar between December and May is usually pleasantly warm with daily temperatures around {{convert|24|-|27|C}}. Nights during this time of the year are comfortable, some {{convert|17|-|20|C}}. However, between May and November the city becomes decidedly warmer with daily highs reaching {{convert|29|-|31|C}} and night lows a little bit above {{convert|23|-|24|C}}. Notwithstanding this hotter season Dakar's weather is far from being as hot as that of African cities inland, such as Niamey and N'Djamena, where temperatures hover above {{convert|36|C}} for much of the year. Dakar is cooled year-round by sea breezes.{{Weather box|location = Dakar, Senegal (1981–2010)|metric first= Y|single line= Y|Jan record high C= 39.6|Feb record high C= 38.7|Mar record high C= 40.4|Apr record high C= 38.4|May record high C= 36.2|Jun record high C= 36.6|Jul record high C= 36.9|Aug record high C= 35.0|Sep record high C= 36.2|Oct record high C= 39.3|Nov record high C= 40.3|Dec record high C= 39.5|Jan high C = 25.3|Feb high C = 25.2|Mar high C = 25.4|Apr high C = 25.0|May high C = 26.0|Jun high C = 28.6|Jul high C = 30.0|Aug high C = 30.3|Sep high C = 30.7|Oct high C = 31.0|Nov high C = 29.8|Dec high C = 27.4|year high C = 27.9|Jan low C = 18.3|Feb low C = 18.0|Mar low C = 18.5|Apr low C = 19.2|May low C = 20.7|Jun low C = 23.5|Jul low C = 25.1|Aug low C = 25.3|Sep low C = 25.2|Oct low C = 25.3|Nov low C = 23.3|Dec low C = 21.0|year low C = 22.0|Jan record low C= 11.0|Feb record low C= 10.7|Mar record low C= 10.9|Apr record low C= 14.0|May record low C= 15.4|Jun record low C= 17.0|Jul record low C= 17.2|Aug record low C= 20.0|Sep record low C= 20.0|Oct record low C= 17.2|Nov record low C= 17.0|Dec record low C= 12.4|rain colour = green|Jan rain mm = 1.0|Feb rain mm = 2.0|Mar rain mm = 0.3|Apr rain mm = 0.0|May rain mm = 0.1|Jun rain mm = 14.0|Jul rain mm = 51.0|Aug rain mm = 154.0|Sep rain mm = 133.0|Oct rain mm = 26.0|Nov rain mm = 9.2|Dec rain mm = 1.0|Jan rain days = 1.0|Feb rain days = 1.0|Mar rain days = 1.0|Apr rain days = 0.2|May rain days = 0.4|Jun rain days = 3.0|Jul rain days = 8.0|Aug rain days = 15.0|Sep rain days = 12.0|Oct rain days = 4.0|Nov rain days = 1.0|Dec rain days = 1.0|Jan humidity = 68|Feb humidity = 74|Mar humidity = 77|Apr humidity = 81|May humidity = 81|Jun humidity = 80|Jul humidity = 78|Aug humidity = 81|Sep humidity = 83|Oct humidity = 80|Nov humidity = 72|Dec humidity = 68|year humidity = 77|Jan sun = 244.9|Feb sun = 245.8|Mar sun = 276.0|Apr sun = 288.0|May sun = 291.4|Jun sun = 252.0|Jul sun = 232.5|Aug sun = 223.2|Sep sun = 219.0|Oct sun = 257.3|Nov sun = 249.0|Dec sun = 238.7|Jan percentsun= 70|Feb percentsun= 74|Mar percentsun= 74|Apr percentsun= 74|May percentsun= 73|Jun percentsun= 65|Jul percentsun= 58|Aug percentsun= 57|Sep percentsun= 60|Oct percentsun= 70|Nov percentsun= 73|Dec percentsun= 69|source 1 =,weblink Climate Averages for Dakar, Russian, Weather and Climate (Погода и климат), 5 May 2016,


{{multiple image| width1 = 200| width2 =180| direction = vertical| footer = | image1 = DakarGueuleTapée1.jpg| alt1 = gueule
Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane>Gueule Tapée quarter| image2 = DakarMermoz.JPG| alt2 = mermozMermoz-Sacré-CÅ“ur>Mermoz quarter}}The city of Dakar is a commune (also sometimes known as commune de ville), one of the some 125 communes of Senegal. The commune of Dakar was created by the French colonial administration on June 17, 1887 by detaching it from the commune of Gorée. The commune of Gorée, created in 1872, was itself one of the oldest Western-style municipalities in Africa (along with the municipalities of Algeria and South Africa).The commune of Dakar has been in continuous existence since 1887, being preserved by the new state of Senegal after independence in 1960, although its limits have varied considerably over time. The limits of the commune of Dakar have been unchanged since 1983. The commune of Dakar is ruled by a democratically elected municipal council (conseil municipal) serving five years, and a mayor elected by the municipal council. There have been 20 mayors in Dakar since 1887. The first black mayor was Blaise Diagne, mayor of Dakar from 1924 to 1934. The longest-serving mayor was Mamadou Diop, mayor for 18 years between 1984 and 2002.The commune of Dakar is also a department, one of the 45 departments of Senegal. This situation is quite similar to Paris, which is both a commune and a department. However, contrary to French departments, departments in Senegal have no political power (no departmental assembly), and are merely local administrative structures of the central state, in charge of carrying out some administrative services as well as controlling the activities of the communes within the department.The department of Dakar is divided into four arrondissements: Almadies, Grand Dakar, Parcelles Assainies (which literally means "drained lots"; this is the most populous arrondissement of Dakar), and Plateau/Gorée (downtown Dakar). These arrondissements are quite different from the arrondissements of Paris, being merely local administrative structures of the central state, like the Senegalese departments, and are thus more comparable to French departmental arrondissements.(File:Dakar - Assemblée nationale.JPG|thumb|left|The Assemblée nationale on the Plateau, the heart of old Dakar)In 1996 a massive reform of the administrative and political divisions of Senegal was voted by the Parliament of Senegal. The commune of Dakar, whose population approached 1 million inhabitants, was deemed too large and too populated to be properly managed by a central municipality, and thus on August 30, 1996 Dakar was divided into 19 communes d'arrondissement. These communes d'arrondissement were given extensive powers, and are very much like regular communes. They have more powers than the arrondissements of Paris, and are more akin to the London boroughs. The commune of Dakar was maintained above these 19 communes d'arrondissement, and it coordinates the activities of the communes d'arrondissement, much as Greater London coordinates the activities of the London boroughs. The 19 communes d'arrondissement belong to either of the four arrondissements of Dakar, and the sous-préfet of each arrondissement is in charge of controlling the activities of the communes d'arrondissement in his arrondissement.(File:DKR Railway station.JPG|thumb|220px|Dakar Central Station)The commune d'arrondissement of Dakar-Plateau (34,626 inhabitants), in the arrondissement of Plateau/Gorée, is the historical heart of the city, and most ministries and public administrations are located there. The densest and most populous commune d'arrondissement is Médina (136,697 inhabitants), in the arrondissement of Plateau/Gorée. The commune d'arrondissement of Yoff (55,995 inhabitants), in the arrondissement of Almadies, is the largest one, while the smallest one is the commune d'arrondissement of ÃŽle de Gorée (1,034 inhabitants), in the arrondissement of Plateau/Gorée.Dakar is one of the 14 régions of Senegal. The Dakar région encompasses the city of Dakar and all its suburbs along the Cape Verde Peninsula. Its territory is thus roughly the same as the territory of the metropolitan area of Dakar. Since the administrative reforms of 1996, the régions of Senegal, which until then were merely local administrative structures of the central state, have been turned into full-fledged political units, with democratically elected regional councils, and regional presidents. They were given extensive powers, and manage economic development, transportation, or environmental protection issues at the regional level, thus coordinating the actions of the communes below them.

Notable sites

File:Dakars Mamelles (5824544243).jpg|thumb|Deux Mamelles seen from afar, with African Renaissance Monument on the left and Les Mamelles LighthouseLes Mamelles LighthouseThe city of Dakar is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, and contains several landmarks. One of the most notable is Deux Mamelles, twin hills located in Ouakam commune. The hills are the only high ground in the city, providing views of the entire area area and sweeping views of the city. The first hill is topped with Mamelles Lighthouse built in 1864. The second hill has the newly completed African Renaissance Monument built on top, which is considered the tallest statue in Africa.Les Mamelles – Dakar's Breasts. Lonely Planets. Retrieved May 4, 2018.Other landmarks of the city include the medina quarter located in Médina commune. Médina is originally built as a township for local populace during the French colonial-era. Today it is a traditional commercial center packed with tailor's shops. The most notable street market is Soumbédioune, which is also a major tourist attraction. The quarter also houses Dakar Grand Mosque at the heart of the commune, which is built in 1964 and one of the prominent landmarks of the city.Médina. Lonely Planet. Retrieved May 4, 2018.Grande Mosquée. Lonely Planet. Retrieved May 4, 2018.Dakar is flanked by two small islands, Île de N'Gor and Île de Gorée. The former is on the northern shore of N'Gor commune with beaches providing attractions such as surfing. N'Gor commune also has other popular beach resorts such as Plage de N'Gor.NEWS,weblink Attractions in Senegal, Planet, Lonely, Lonely Planet, 2016-11-14, Île de Gorée, formerly a slave island, is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site which preserves the colonial era architectures and facilities. The notable places on the island is Gorée Memorial which is a memorial for the slaves, and the House of Slaves which is a museum dedicated to the Atlantic slave trade. Today, the island is also hosting the art scene of the hundreds of local artists who line up their works at the outdoor exhibitions.Dakar Art Scene. Retrieved May 4, 2018.Some other notable places include Layen Mausoleum which entombs the founder of the Layene Sufi tariqa, Palais Présidentiel which is the seat of the government constructed in 1907,Palais Présidentiel. Lonely Planet. Retrieved May 4, 2018. Place de l'Indépendance which is the central square of Dakar, Dakar Cathedral, and Cheikh Anta Diop University also known as the University of Dakar, which was established in 1957.

Places of worship

Among the places of worship, they are predominantly Muslim mosques. J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann, ‘‘Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices’’, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 2573-2575 There are also Christian churches and temples : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dakar (Catholic Church), Assemblies of God, Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. File:SN-dakar-zentralmoschee-1.jpg|thumb|right|Dakar Grand MosqueDakar Grand MosqueDakar was selected as the Capital of Islamic Culture for African Region for the year 2007 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), honoring its Islamic heritage.Dakar: Capital of Islamic Culture for African Region for the year 2007. ISESCO. Retrieved May 4, 2018. ISESCO and its parent organization Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have held several regional and international conferences in the city,ISESCO and OIC to hold regional workshop in Dakar to examine implementation mechanisms of OIC Media Strategy in Countering Islamophobia and publicize Islam’s middle stance among African countries. ISESCO. Retrieved May 4, 2018. best known for adoption of Dakar Declaration in 1991 which aimed at fostering the cooperation between the member states.WEB, Dakar Declaration,weblink IFRC, 6 February 2013, Dakar is also known as the birthplace of the Layene Brotherhood, a Sufi tariqa founded by Seydina Mouhammadou Limamou Laye in 1883 at the commune of Yoff. Seydina is buried in the Layen Mausoleum which is among the major landmarks of Dakar.Layen Mausoleum. Lonely Planet. Retrieved May 4, 2018. Today, Layene Brotherhood is consisted mostly of the Lebou people, and based in the Cap-Vert area. It is also the third biggest Sufi order in Senegal. Prominent worshiping sites for Muslims in Dakar include the Grand Mosque of Dakar, built in 1964, which is situated at Allée Pape Gueye Fall of Medina, the Mosque of the Divinity, constructed in 1973, situated in Ouakam, with the characteristic triangular windows, and Omarienne Mosque with minarets topped by green orbs.THE CULTURE CAPITAL OF WEST AFRICA. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved May 4, 2018.Religious Beliefs In Senegal. World Atlas. Retrieved May 4, 2018.


File:"Ndaw rabine" dans traditionnelle lebou.jpg|thumb|N'dawrabine dance of Ngor ]]In Senegal the traditional culture is very centred around the idea of family. This even includes the way that they eat. When it is time to eat a typical meal someone will say "kay lekk" which means 'come eat'. Everyone will come together and sit around the plate and eat with their hands.WEB,weblink Senegal - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette,, 2016-11-14, Some famous dishes include Cebbu Jën (Tiéboudienne) and Yassa. The etiquette of people in Dakar is very simple but very vital. To not greet someone upon sight is to portray rudeness and oftentimes ignorance. Due to French colonialism the children of Dakar have a unique school system. The school will get a break at about midday and return home to get some rest. Since the population is majority Muslim there are daily activities such as going to the mosque at noon prayer and attending the mosque on Fridays. Music has a big influence on the youth with famous artists like Daara J Family who use their voice to represent the problems in their communities.NEWS,weblink Hip-hop in Senegal, 2015-02-06, 2016-11-14, Dakar is home to multiple national and international festivals, like World Festival of Black Arts, Festival international du film de quartier de Dakar, Dakar Biennale.


File:DakarMusée.jpg|300px|thumb|right|IFAN Museum of African ArtsIFAN Museum of African Arts
  • IFAN Museum of African Arts or Musee Theodore Monod
  • Henriette-Bathily Women's Museum
  • House of Slaves
  • Village des Arts
  • Parc Forestier et Zoologique de Hann, aka the Senegal Zoo
  • Museum of Black Civilizations{{citation|website=BBC News |date=December 6, 2018|accessdate=August 10, 2019|title=Senegal unveils Museum of Black Civilisations|url=}}


Sports club AS Douanes are based in Sicap-Liberté; they currently play in the Senegal Premier League and previously won the 2014–15 Ligue 1 (Senegal) season.Dakar used to be the finishing point of the Dakar Rally until 2007, before the event was moved to South America for the security concerns in Mauritania.NEWS,weblink Motorcycle competitors race away as Dakar Rally leaves Buenos Aires, 2009-01-03, Clutch & Chrome, 2009-01-03, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 20, 2009, Dakar will host the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics, it will be the first of its kind Olympics ever held in Africa.NEWS,weblink Senegal officially awarded 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games at IOC Session, Dakar unites all the significant sporting events and infrastructures of the country, especially those dedicated to the national sports: soccer and Senegalese wrestling. For instance, the Léopold-Sédar-Senghor stadium or the Demba-Diop stadium.Many of Dakar's inhabitants lead an athletic lifestyle: it is common to see the beaches packed with locals of all ages playing soccer, working out or running.


The town is home to the Autonomous Port of Dakar and the terminus of the non-functioning Dakar-Niger railroad line.The Train Express Regional (TER) will connect Dakar with Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD). An initial 36 km will link Dakar to Diamniadio and a second phase of 19 km would connect Dakar to the Blaise Diagne airport. A total of 14 train stations will be served and the fastest end-to-end journey will take 45 minutes. The railway is expected to carry 115 000 passengers per day. The TER's first test run has been launched on 14th of January 2019 and the first passenger train is scheduled to run later this yearweblink

Notable people associated with Dakar

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International relations

Dakar is twinned with:L. Bigon (2009) A History of Urban Planning in Two West African Colonial Capitals: Residential Segregation in British Lagos and French Dakar, 1850-1930 Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press.{{Div col}}
  • {{flagdeco|US}} Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
  • {{flagdeco|AZE}} Baku, AzerbaijanWEB,weblink Twin-cities of Azerbaijan, 2013-08-09,,
  • {{flagdeco|CMR}} Douala, Cameroon
  • {{flagdeco|IRN}} Isfahan, Iran
  • {{flagdeco|ITA}} Milan, ItalyWEB,weblink Città Gemellate, Comune di Milano, Italian, 6 April 2012,
  • {{flagdeco|ALG}} Oran, Algeria
  • {{flagdeco|BAN}} Rangpur, Bangladesh
  • {{flagdeco|ARG}} Rosario, ArgentinaWEB,weblink Town Twinning Agreements, Municipalidad de Rosario - Buenos Aires 711, 2014-10-14,
  • {{flagdeco|GNB}} Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
  • {{flagdeco|ROC}} Taipei, Taiwan
  • {{flagdeco|US}} Washington, D.C., United StatesWEB,weblink DC Sister City Agreement, The District of Columbia, 3 June 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 June 2014,
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{{See also|Timeline of Dakar#Bibliography|l1=Bibliography of the history of Dakar}}

External links

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  • EB1911, Dakar, x,
  • NIE, Dakar, x,
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