Dakhla (Dajla) (Arabic: الداخلة; formerly Villa Cisneros under Spanish rule), is a city in the Western Sahara and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and the capital of the Moroccan administrative region Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira. It has about 55,618 inhabitants and is built on a narrow peninsula of the Atlantic Coast about 550 km south of El Aaiún (Laayoune).
The Tuareg are intimately connected with the vast, arid Sahara Desert. They inhabit the western Saharan regions of North Africa (modern Niger, Mali, Libya, Algeria, and Burkina Faso). These were countries colonized by France in the late-19th century, except for Libya which replaced the Ottomanns as the colonial power in the early-20th century.