The eighth edition of the Fezzan Desert Rally kicked off on Thursday with the sponsorship of the Cultural Office of Sabha, south Libya.

Around 17 participants will compete in three stages along a 230 km track on Golden sand.

The contestants will have the opportunity in this five-day rally to test their racing skills in the challenging Libyan desert landscape.

Sabha Culture office launched a tree-planting campaign in coincidence with the rally. The ceremony to mark the kick-off of the rally also featured motorcycle stunt shows and folk music bands.

The race started "symbolically" from in front of the Sabha Culture Office, in a sign that sport and culture go hand-in-hand, according to the organizers, while the real race kicked- off from "Toyoh" area in Ubari.

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