Egypt hopes to develop ecotourism through restoration of Shali in Siwa oasis

Shali is an impressive 13th century village. It was erected by the Berber populations settled in Siwa to ward off Bedouin invasions.

On November 6, 2020, the citadel, Shali’s flagship monument (“Chez moi” in the Siwi language) was inaugurated after having been restored. The Egyptian authorities, who want to diversify tourism to new regions and develop ecotourism, decided in 2018 to restore some buildings in this village located in the Siwa oasis, 750 km west of Cairo. Some voices criticize this initiative because they consider that other actions are more urgent to put in place.

8 photos of Khaled Desouki dated November 5 and 6, 2020 illustrate this point.

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