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Bou-Saada, Algeria

Bou-Saada, Algeria

City and oasis in northeastern Algeria with 110,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), between the Saharan Atlas Mountains and the Hodna depression and salt lake, in M'Sila province.
Bou-Saada is traditionally an important market place producing and selling jewelry, metalwork, carpet and bousaadi knives. There is also a textile mill in town. Even in modern times, Bou-Saada is an important trading post for nomads. There is also some national tourism during winter.
Bou-Saada is well-connected with other urban centres by road. M'Sila is 70 km northeast, Biskra is 175 km east, Bordj Bou Arreridj 130 km northeast and Djelfa 120 km southwest.
Bou-Saada has two quarters, the old madina or ksar within city walls and with arched alleyways, and the French town to the south. Surrounding it are extensive date groves.

By Tore Kjeilen