Once an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival is now a huge celebration, although it still retains an authentic feel. Aside from the market, there are camel and greyhound races and equestrian military exercises known as "fantasias".
The equestrian shows are particularly impressive. They involve a veritable swarm of riders cantering across the ground, turning abruptly and stopping in their tracks before shooting into the air.
If this all sounds a bit much for you, you can always retire to the food section of the Sahara Douz Festival and gorge yourself on Douz's recently harvested dates!