What is Sahara?

  • (noun): The world's largest desert (3,500,000 square miles) in northern Africa.
    Synonyms: Sahara Desert


The Sahara (Arabic: الصحراء الكبرى‎, aṣ-Ṣaḥarāʾ al-Kubrā , "the Greater Desert") is the world's hottest desert, the third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. At over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), it covers most of North Africa, making it almost as large as China or the United States. The Sahara stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna that composes the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Sahara - People and Languages
... Arabic is the most widely spoken language in the Sahara, from the Atlantic to the Red Sea ... people are found from western Egypt to Morocco, including the Tuareg pastoralists of the central Sahara ...