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In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif

Souk Okaz was an authentic historical destination of the same name held in the same place in the ancient past.

In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
Historical re-enactors walk among the crowd at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
A historical re-enactor poses while sitting at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
A historical re-enactor poses while standing at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
Historical re-enactors pose for a picture in costume and carrying swords at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
A historical re-enactor walks down a footpath at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
Spectators watch as horseman performs with a lance at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
Spectators watch as horseman performs with a lance at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.
In pictures: Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif
A boy takes a 'selfie' picture with a historical re-enactor at the Souk Okaz Festival in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2017. The 10-day cultural festival, a revival of the ancient Arabian market where merchants gathered and poets sparred, includes horse and camel shows, live performances of historical plays, and displays of fine artwork and handicrafts.