Douz (Arabic: دوز ) is a town in the Kebili Governorate in the south of Tunisia, known as the "gateway to the Sahara." By road it is located 31 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Blidet, 125 kilometres (78 mi) southeast of Tozeur, and 475 kilometres (295 mi) south of the Tunisian capital of Tunis.

It has been called the "ultimate palm oasis", because it has over 500,000 palm trees in the area, and it is a major producer of "diglat noor" dates.[1] In previous times it was an important stop on the trans-Saharan caravan routes. Today, it is a destination for tourists who are interested in seeing the desert, and a starting point for desert treks by camel, motorcycle, or four-wheel-drive vehicle.[1][self-published source][2][3]

 A donkey and its cart at the desert oasis of Douz, 2006
^ a b McCloskey, McCloskey Joseph (14 October 2009). Memoirs of a Biker: Traveling the Long Road. Trafford Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-4251-1021-5. Retrieved 28 January 2013. ^ Cite error: The named reference TrilloGregg2011 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ Hureau, Jean (June 1977). Tunisia today. Éditions J.A. p. 87. ISBN 9782852580527. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
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