Egypt's hotel made of salt
1 June 2014 Last updated at 01:09 BST
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.