a heritage festival draws massive gatherings to libya's pearl of the desert

A heritage festival draws massive gatherings to Libya’s “Pearl of the Desert.”

Last updated on February 6th, 2023 at 07:52 am

A massive craft and shopping festival is being held in the town of Ghadames in Libya, which is also known as the “Pearl of the Desert.” The festival is a celebration of Tuareg customs. It is one of the oldest towns in the pre-Saharan region, and families from all over the country go to this event. The city, which is placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, was built around an oasis and spring. It is located more than 600 kilometers south of Tripoli.

The Mayor of Ghadames, Qasem Mohammed Al-Manea, is of the opinion that it is an extremely momentous occasion. He thinks that it is a big honor for Ghadames to host this shopping and history festival. “It’s a wonderful honor for Ghadames to host this festival.” “Ghadames is undeniably a city rich in history, and its reputation as a shopping destination extends back thousands of years.”

“Buying traditional Libyan handicrafts and products of Libya’s long-standing industry is the subject of this conversation.” “It is a wonderful honor to host guests that come not only from different parts of Libya but also from other countries such as Tunisia.”

One of the attendees at the event, Al-Yazidi, who is also the proprietor of a traditional handicrafts factory in Tunisia, shared the following during his time there: “Since we had the opportunity to go to Ghadames, we decided to do so. Because we had the opportunity to showcase traditional handicrafts, we decided to travel to this country in order to promote our traditional goods.”

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“The residents of Ghadames showed us a warm welcome when we arrived. This city is very stunning. “We look forward to making another trip there.” Due to the ongoing armed situation, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was concerned that the city would sustain some kind of destruction.

Since July 2021, Libya has been working to get Ghadames removed from the list of World Heritage Sites maintained by UNESCO. The country contends that the site is free from danger and that the only recent damage was caused by extreme precipitation.

Following the revolt that resulted in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s administration in 2011, Libya plummeted into a state of anarchy, with competing powers, a multitude of armed militias, and foreign mercenaries dispersed throughout the nation.

Tripoli’s leadership brags that they have increased security in the city since March 2021, when they established a Government of National Unity that was recognized by the United Nations. This is despite the fact that divisions between the eastern and western camps have persisted. In the meantime, officials in Ghadames are keeping their fingers crossed that the reopened border crossing will attract tourists from Algeria.