Within the ruins of Old Shali, in the heart of Siwa, EQI has restored several abandoned and dilapidated homes to create Albabenshal, a village-hotel established for travelers of diverse origins, means and interests. 

Here, as in other EQI projects, Siwan master builders led the restoration of these structures using kershef, other Siwan craftsmen provided furnishings and decorations and still others run the ecolodge, generating a range of valuable employment opportunities for the local community. 

Even more prominently then Shali Lodge due to its central, historical location, Albabenshal stands as a testament to the principle that kershef construction is worth its investment, environmentally, culturally and financially.