His first experience with sculpture came as a student, when he was commissioned to make cement rock
formations and other decorative sculptures for beach resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh: an interval that he recalls now with a hint of embarrassment, furrowing his brow.
Libya's commercially usable mineral resources, apart from its hydrocarbons, were limited to a large iron-ore deposit in the Wadi ash Shati near Sabha in Fezzan, and scattered, deposits of gypsum, limestone, cement rock
, salt, and building stone.
Other minerals found here include cement rock
, clay, gypsum, limestone, serpentine rock, shale, silica sand, syenite, tripoli, dimension stone, crushed stone, sand, gravel and slate.
After completing that stage, the participants had to hop down to the ground level and complete a puzzle and break cement rocks
to get a key.