The sign reads: " Welcome to Daraj City: the Pride of the Sahara "
Daraj or Derj is a desert oasis, located about 108 kilometres before Ghadames. It is fast becoming a strategic place owing to its location on the junction between Nalut, Ghadames, Adiri (Idri), and Qaryat (in the way to Sabha). The spelling Daraj is the variant most commonly used internationally, as in Google maps, but it is also found as Derj, Durej or Derg.
Derj Tourist Festival for Arts and Heritage is normally held in the month of September, and is organised by the Ghadames Municipality. But in 2008 the festival was held in the month of December. The festival feature shows of traditional music, traditional crafts and exhibits of local culture and heritage. The following photos show some of these exhibits.
Useful site in Arabic about the history and the culture of Daraj, with detailed information about the festival of Derj (Derg or Daraj).