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Near the Libyan border, in Egypt’s great Sand Sea, with 35.000 inhabitants, lays the oasis of Siwa. Siwa is considered the easternmost extension to the Berber culture, which spans North Africa. For centuries, the oasis was at the center of North African and Mediterranean trading routes, but through time it became one of Egypt’s most isolated areas. Hence, Siwa became one of the most traditional societies, not only of Egypt but of the entire Middle East.
The isolation helped to maintain its unique Amazigh (Berber) language and culture, and for centuries the oasis relied on the production of olives and dates. International – and in later years- domestic tourism were long considered second in regards to the oasis’ economic dependence. Its amazing nature, interesting history and unique culture, has attracted people from all over the world.
Recent interest in the oasis has mainly surged on the industrial field, leading to changes in its environment, heritage and landscape. Nevertheless, despite new developments, for many it’s still hard to benefit from the promising changes due to limited education, which renders them inadequate.