Economy of Ghardaia

Ghardaïa is a major centre of date production, with nearly 60,000 palm trees produce dates. The wood of dead palms is used to make house roofs; live trees are not killed as they are considered living beings that sustain the inhabitants.

Another important industry is the manufacture of rugs and cloths. Ghardaïa is renowned for its coarse goat hair carpets, generally with simple geometric patterns in black and white. Metlili-Chaamba is known for its "Deglet Nour" dates and its camel hair products.

One important aspect of social life and economic values of the people of the region is concerned is that there begging and theft are non existent in the community. They have a close-knit society with all aspects of economy and social customs dictated by the