Tipology:Architecture
Oasis Economy
Retreat: Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary
Egypt > Dakhla Oasis


Al Tarfa Sanctuary was built by local masons, reintroducing forgotten construction techniques. We revived several traditional industries that tailor made the lodge’s building, furnishing and decorating materials. The lodge supplies are bought from villages to support the local economy. In 2009 Al Tarfa sponsored a medical team to examine and treat 640 patients, and 63 eye operations were completed.