Festival of the Sahara, Douz

When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel race...

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When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel racers, and even sand-hockey players!

Aside from the market, at the Sahara Douz Festival you can watch some impressive greyhound or camel racing as well as the equestrian military exercises known throughout the Maghreb as "fantasias". These involve a veritable swarm of riders cantering across the ground, turning abruptly and stopping in their tracks before shooting into the air.

If all the excitement is too much, you can always retire to the food area and gorge yourself on Douz's recently harvested dates!