This Saturday morning, the Gazelles gathered at the end of Essaouira beach for their official finish after nine days of racing in the desert. It was a festive but also moving moment, with the teams parading before their families and friends but also many partners who made the trip for the occasion. And for this symbolic finish, the show was on the beach, of course, but also in the air as the Royal Moroccan Air Force aerobatic display team "Marche Verte" framed the parade of teams under the amazed eyes of the public.
Many public figures were also on hand to welcome and congratulate the teams, including Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, who was very moved by the parade of Gazelles, and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. Monsieur Fautrier, from the Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Madame Dumas and Monsieur Cambon, senators, completed the list of French dignitaries. Distinguished Moroccan guests included the Minister of Economy and Finance Nadia Fettah Alaoui as well as the Minister of Tourism Fatim-Zahra Ammor were in attendance as well as the governor of the province of Essaouira Mr. Adel El Maliki, Mr. Benryane, president of the Morocco-Israel Chamber of Industry and Mr. El Fakir, general manager of the tourist office.