Craftsman Mohammed Eissa works with salt blocks
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Egypt's hotel made of salt

Egypt has traditionally attracted tourists with its ancient monuments and beach resorts, but Siwa Valley, a remote oasis in the west of the country, is an Egyptian tourist destination with a difference.

Its main landmark is salt. Locals use it not just for cooking, but also as building material for everything from candle holders to an entire hotel.

Hadya al-Alawi reports.

Video produced by BBC Arabic's Amr Gamil.

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