Best known for its tapestry making industry, Thies is the third largest city in Senegal located 60 kilometers to the east of Dakar. A major industrial city and an important junction on the Dakar-Bamako and Saint Louis railway line, Thies excels as a productive agricultural hinterland offering large quantities of rice, peanuts, manioc, millets and fruit. Doubling up as a leading livestock trading and meat packaging center, Thies has increasingly developed as a natural extension of the congested Cap-Vert Peninsula.
Providing rail-yards and repair shops along with large deposits of alumina phosphate worked at the nearby mines, Thies is attracting huge industrial investments as of now. With plans to link Thies with Dakar through a highway and commuter train, other attractions in Thies, which include a museum, remnants of old fortifications and an artisanal and arts village, will definitely see better light.