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Dakar, the capital and largest city of Senegal, is the city in the center of a major metro area on the west coast of Africa that has a population of two and a half million. The city is located on the Cap-Vert peninsula, which juts out into the Atlantic ocean, and is surrounded on three sides by water, forming an excellent harbor. During its colonial heyday, Dakar was one of the jewels of the French empire, and one of the largest cities in Africa.
Today, Dakar may be best known globally for its association with the Dakar Rally, the biggest and most important event in endurance rally racing. This “rally-raid” began in 1978 as an annual race from Paris, France to Dakar in Senegal. In 2008, safety concerns in Mauritania caused the race to relocate to South America, but the event still retains its roots by keeping the name “Dakar.” After Senegal gained its independence in 1960, it went through decades of political upheaval and change. The economy today has settled into becoming predominantly dependent on commodities and raw materials. Agriculture, as well, plays a large role. Increasingly, due to its stability, a growing tourism sector is taking root in Senegal, where the new African Renaissance Monument, a massive bronze statue perched on a hill overlooking Dakar, is a major draw. Another source of tourism is the coastal wildlife off of West Africa, one of the most treasured marine wildlife habitats in the world. The dizzyingly diverse aquatic fauna that can be found here do not only make for a eco-tourism draw, but provide Touba Océan Decor a wonderful business opportunity. © 2015 Dav V. / JZam
Touba Océan Decor, a premier retailer and designer of decorative aquariums, takes inspiration from both the life in the sea and Senegal’s rich tradition of handmade, artisanal craftsmanship. With artistic flourishes in their designs, and a close attention to detail, the company has made a name for itself when it comes to creating the giant aquariums one sees in hotels, restaurants, and banks, as well as the more personal aquariums that are found in homes. Touba Océan Decor has over 10 years of experience, and its products are exported to Mali, Gambia, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania, making it a truly international company.
The company’s quality policies put it on equal terms with much larger firms. Touba Océan Decor provides extensive and personal after-sales service, putting equal weight into helping customers get the most of their products as the products themselves. The company also maintains a young and energetic staff, building an environment of professional satisfaction that shines through in the company’s customer service. The company’s products fall into Senegal’s tradition of being known for handmade artisanship. Senegalese art is known for its texture, vibrancy, and design. Touba Océan Decor’s offerings are no different, and in addition to aquariums the company offers decorative waterfalls, water walls, and aviaries for collectors of rare birds.
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