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Sahara Douz Festival

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November in Douz, is a time to relax and enjoy the markets and camel and greyhound racing at the three day annual Sahara Douz Festival, an enormous celebration that has reached out to more than 50,000 people. The festival began as a Bedouin marriage market, and although the products up for sale have changed the entertainments still give the market a traditional atmosphere. The Sahara Douz festival's main event is the racing, and the equestrian military exercises known as "fantasies". These displays show the prowess of the cavalry on maneuvers, turning unexpectedly, and then stopping to shoot into the air. If the excitement is a bit too much you can retreat from the action and try some locally harvested dates or other traditional delicacy and revive yourself.

Written by  Sari Schutrum-Boward.

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