Nouakchott (; French: \[nwakʃɔt\]; Arabic: نواكشوط; Berber: Nwakcoṭ, originally derived from Berber: Nawākšūṭ, "place of the winds") is the capital and largest city of Mauritania It is one of the largest cities in the Sahel The city also serves as the administrative and economic center of Mauritania

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