Name of municipality: Radès

Population: 60,000 inhabitants (2014)

Area: 1500 hectares

Rades is a city in the southern suburbs of Tunis, located about ten kilometers from the Tunisian capital.

President: Mr. Jawher Sammari

Contact: Ben Youssef Mehdi:


Main features:

The location of Rades is characterized by the richness of its climate and its diversity, the city includes a forest, a plateau, a plain, a valley and the sea, which have given it an attractive character and created an active urban mobility.

The city of Rades, famous for its jasmine production, is nicknamed “The City of Jasmine.” It is cultivated in allotment gardens, and is used for decoration and distillation for family use or for traditional markets. The original jasmine of Rades is sold in the capital and exported to several European capitals.

Main economic activities:

Rades is home to the first commercial port of the country whose development dates back to 1987 and has experienced a dazzling development, capturing even the activity of the port of Tunis and that of the port of La Goulette. It specializes in container traffic (700,000 TEUs per year) and roll-on/roll-off, while a major industrial port area is being developed in its immediate vicinity.

Close to the port of Rades is the combined-cycle power plant, built by Alstom for the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG); it was commissioned in 2001. This plant, together with that of La Goulette, supplies the Greater Tunis and a large part of the north of the country.

Conditions and Environmental Challenges:

The city of Rades has systematically adhered to approaches to the development of renewable energies, particularly solar energy and the control of energy consumption through ambitious programs of energy efficiency and rational use of energy.

The municipality has a strategic vision for the protection of the environment, namely the coastline and the forest to fight against marine pollution and solid waste.