[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every December, The International Festival of the Sahara, or the Douz Festival, takes place in the southern desert region of Tunisia. The rich and original cultural festival is a four-day celebration of the traditional desert culture, focusing on Bedouin life. The event started as an annual Bedouin Bridal fair where nomadic families would meet, trade and check out the eligible talent for their sons and daughters' future weddings. What was already a huge event on the Bedouin calendar, has become a gigantic celebration of desert culture, attracting over 50,000 people from the region and abroad. Founders stress the importance of preserving the traditional desert culture and the festival is a vital way of appreciating its unique flare and authenticity. The festivities include different kinds of races, namely a camel marathon, dog races, and exhilarating horse races by daring young Bedouin riders.