GHADAMES

Ghadames, or Google’s Ghudamis, is the Berber Pearl of the Sahara, located at the edge of the Sahara Desert, close to the Libyan-Algerian border. The name Ghadames has nothing to do with the Arab-promulgated etymology of “ghadana ames” (‘where we had lunch yesterday’), simply because it was known to the Romans by the name Cydamus long before the Arab invasions of North Africa in the 7th century AD. In the year 19 BC the Proconsul Cornelius Balbus invaded Ghadames during the reign of Augustus Octavius. Seven centuries later it was invaded by the Arabs. In total disbelief, and for audacity’s sake, Berber Ghadames was voted by liars “The Capital of Arab Heritage” of 2016 AD.