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A big problem in Western Sahara is, not really surprising in the middle of the desert, the sand that is blown everywhere constantly. Along the mainroad from north to south you cross the part of the desert with a lot of rocks and not that much sand. But as soon as you leave this road and go further towards the coastline you'll enter the part with the famous "walking dunes".
These dunes constantly change position and shape because the wind blows them away all the time. Like this it can happen that a road that is completely clear gets covered by sand in a few hours. Big bulldozers come by every few hours to clear the roads again, or you'll never find them back again. Even at important connections like from Laayoune to the main port of the country this happens all the time, simply because there is no solution for this problem.
Another bad thing about this is that the sand gets everywhere. If you walk around in these sandy areas your nose, your ears, your hair and all other parts of your body get full with sand. And if you wear contact lenses the sand can be a pain in the ass as well! Wearing good sunglasses is very pleasant, leaving the windows of your car closed is a must.
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