A trip to the Dakhla Oasis is not complete without a visit to the medieval Ottoman town of Al-Qasr. Al-Qasr is set at the foot of pink limestone cliffs on the northern rim of the oasis. The architecture of the houses, which engulf the cool narrow streets and alleyways despite the summer heat and protect residents during sandstorms, attests to the importance the Ottomans placed in securing the remote oasis town.