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Environmen­tal Quality Internatio­nal

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For the Egyptian conservati­onist Dr. Mounir Neamatalla, protecting nature is more than a mission; it’s an ideology. “Sustainabi­lity is a belief,” he says. “It must be a driving force for everything you do.” That ethos led him to create Environmen­tal Quality Internatio­nal (EQI), a Cairobased business that invests in sustainabl­e forprofit developmen­ts that support local communitie­s and preserve important heritage sites throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

One of the company’s most impressive projects to date is Adrère Amellal, a groundbrea­king eco-lodge in the desert outside of Egypt’s Siwa Oasis. Built using kershef—a mixture of sun-dried salt, mud, and sand that has been used by Western Desert communitie­s for millennia—the compound has no electricit­y or Wi-Fi. Its 40 rooms are lit by candle and decorated with Bedouin rugs and fossils that have been unearthed on nearby archaeolog­ical digs. Other EQI successes include the renovation of the Cairo Museum and the ongoing revival of Siwa’s 13th-century citadel, which has been eroded by weather conditions related to climate change. Work on the citadel will include extensive restoratio­ns, as well as the creation of a new museum. eqi.com.eg. — G.W.

 ?? ?? Adrère Amellal, a 40-room eco-lodge on the outskirts of Egypt’s Siwa Oasis.
Adrère Amellal, a 40-room eco-lodge on the outskirts of Egypt’s Siwa Oasis.

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