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Commune d'arrondissement
Coordinates 14 ° 43 '24 "  N , 17 ° 29' 23"  W Coordinates: 14 ° 43 '24 "  N , 17 ° 29' 23"  W.
The 19th Communes d'arrondissement in DakarThe 19th Communes d'arrondissement in Dakar
Basic data
Country Senegal


Department Dakar
Arrondissement Arrondissement des Almadies
height 35 m
surface 4.5 km²
Residents 74,692 (2013)
density 16,598.2  Ew. / km²
View from Ouakam to Les Mamelles with the statue de la renaissance
View from Ouakam to Les Mamelles with the statue de la renaissance

Ouakam (pronunciation of “ou” like English “w”, also “Wakam”) is one of the 19 districts (Communes d'arrondissement du Sénégal) of Dakar , the capital of Senegal . In addition to the original fishing village of the Lébou and newly developed urban residential areas, it also includes the twin hills of Les Mamelles with the Phare des Mamelles lighthouse .


Ouakam is located on the Corniche ouest , the west coast of the Cap-Vert peninsula and, together with the neighboring districts of Ngor and Yoff, is one of the three westernmost districts of Dakar and at the same time one of the westernmost towns on the African continent.

The municipality has an area of ​​4.5 km². The development is framed in the north by the boundary of the Yoff airport area , the former international airport of the metropolis, and in the south-west by the two hills of Les Mamelles . These two hills are right on the coast. Ouakam borders the Mermoz-Sacré Cœur district to the south and Sicap-Liberté to the east .

With the exception of Les Mamelles , the entire district is densely built.


The last censuses showed the following population figures for the city district:

year Residents
2002 43,188
2013 74,692


Ouakam recommended itself because of its proximity to the airport for the settlement of trade, commerce and industry. Some military facilities are located here and offer jobs.

The Monument de la Renaissance africaine is of touristic importance .

Individual evidence

  1. Estimation of the population of Dakar par collectivité locale en 2004 Area of ​​the city districts on page 166 of the PDF file 1.12 MB
  2. ANSD: Résultats préliminaires du Troisième Recensement Général de la Population et de l'Habitat du Sénégal de 2002 (RGPH-III) ( Memento of September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) City districts of Dakar with statistics on their population Page 8 of the PDF File 1.64 MB

Web links

Commons : Ouakam  - collection of images, videos and audio files