Desert traditions

Abu Yusuf al-Sana doesn’t seem fazed by his 72 years. Stocky and strong, he carries himself with a quiet confidence as he looks at the bounty he has created with his own hands. Spread out on the side of a hill at the edge of the Beduin town of Lakiya is his handiwork: a traditional-looking warren of stone buildings. “Tzimmerim Lakiya” is his work in progress, a network of courtyards and shared rooms that can be rented for a holiday. From afar the place could be mistaken for a traditional makam, or sacred tomb, with its domed roofs and large tree in the courtyard, so typical of the ancient tombs like Nebi Musa near the Dead Sea, that once stood out in this desert landscape in Ottoman times.


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