Dakhla makes sports tourism an asset

Towards attractive products for sport fishing and board sports

Known for its breathtaking landscapes and its bay with azure blue waters, the region of Dakhla seduces tourists in search of sensations and a change of scenery. A niche that the wilaya of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, the Council of the region and the SMIT wish to strengthen by developing new tourist activities including sport fishing and board sports. The region reaffirms its reputation as a destination for sports tourism. Concretely, two calls for expressions of interest have just been launched to set up these projects with the objective of supporting the strategy of the public authorities to diversify and supplement the tourist products of the Dakhla destination.

Activities for lovers of new experiences

Dakhla-Oued Eddahab is the southernmost and largest region of Morocco (142,865 km). Limited to the north by the region of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, to the east and south by Mauritania and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, this part of Morocco has two provinces, namely Aousserd and Oued Eddahab. Bordered by the sea, Dakhla is one of the most fish-rich areas of the country, to the delight of locals and tourists. The peninsula seduces the visitor with its lagoon, its endless beaches and the mild climate. “Fishing is in fact considered to be one of the fields of activity most dreamed of or admired by tourists, allowing for exceptional sensations. Today, this activity can compete to promote even more touristically the destination Dakhla and attract a greater flow of international and national tourists in search of new tourist fishing spots and new experiences ”, indicates the wilaya of the Dakhla region. -Oued Eddahab emphasizing that the public authorities have decided to initiate the development of this niche in order to diversify tourist products to attract new customer segments. Thus, it is a question of mobilizing the land base necessary for the development of this practice and putting in place the basic infrastructures necessary for the development of sport tourist fishing activities. The objective would also be to organize high-level events, around tourist fishing, during the next three years with the holding of national and international competitions. On the financial level, the public authorities are committed to allocating a budget of two million dirhams for the development of this activity in support of the professionals retained within the framework of this project.

Foil, windsurf, kitesurf …

Thrill-seeking sports enthusiasts come from all over the world to tame the waves of Dakhla. Wind, sun, sands and climate favor the practice of different activities such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing throughout the year. “Several new board sports activities have emerged in recent years. The foil is the latest in fun, accessible and playful board sports “, notes the same source explaining that it is considered in fact as” one of the areas of activity most dreamed of or admired by tourist customers wishing to experiment. a more aerial dimension and allowing sensations totally different from other board sports ”. In this sense, these new niches can be part of activities making it possible to promote the Dakhla destination even more touristically and attract more international and national tourists looking to practice wingfoil and efoil.
For the realization of this project, land bases will have to be mobilized in parallel with the basic infrastructures necessary for the development of activities of animation of extreme sports of sliding. In addition, national and international events relating to these sports activities should be held over the next three years. In terms of financial support for the development of foils in Dakhla, the public authorities are putting on the table a budget of four million dirhams.


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