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  • GlobeRovers: Rating: 9 / 10
  • Buzz Line: "This place has not changed in the past 100 years!"
  • Eagle Eye: Most tows and villages of interest are along the west, south and north. Avoid the far north due to kidnappings of foreigners and tribal wars. Fly to Shibam (Central Yemen) to see the "Manhattan of the desert" and other desert villages in the Hadramawt Valley (Tarim, Sayun). Another village called Shibam is north of capital city Sana'a and worth visiting. Get your police permits for less trouble with the army and police. Generally no problems with land travels. Very careful though!
  • Hot Spots: Capital of Sana'a, Shibam (Central Yemen), and north of Sana'a (villages of Shibam, Kawkaban, Thula, Al-Mahwit). Areas around Sana'a
  • The Low-down: This is one of the most amazing places I have ever been - mingle with the locals and you'll be very glad you did! Indulge in their culture and get invited to a wedding.
  • GlobeRovers Blog: Report 1, Report 2, Report 3, Report 4
  • Read about it: "Time Warp in Yemen"
Shibam (Manhattan of the Desert),
Hadramawt Valley, central Yemen

Walking in a sandstorm, Shibam, Hadramawt Valley

City of Sana'a

Typical Yemeni buildings in Sana'a

Typical Yemeni buildings in Sana'a

Wadi Dhahr (Rock Palace)

Sultan's Palace, Sayun, Hadramawt Valley, Yemen

Wedding, Village of Thula, northern Yemen

Typical Yemeni buildings in Sana'a

Grain paddies between Sana'a and Al-Mahwit northern Yemen

Along the road from Al-Mahwit to Tulla, northern Yemen

Village of Thula, northern Yemen

A man's (or boy's) jambiyya (dagger knife) identifies his clan
and is a symbol of manhood
, Sana'a

Qat (Catha edulis) eating in the afternoon, Old market at Sana'a

Sayun, Hadramawt Valley, central Yemen

Tarim, Hadramawt Valley, central Yemen

 Woman with pointed straw hat in field
between Tarim and Sayun, Hadramawt Valley

Desert storm near Shibam, Hadramawt Valley

Flying over Hadramawt Valley (Shibam at the bottom)

Flying over Hadramawt Valley (Shibam at the bottom)

Dirty, what do you mean "dirty", village of Al-Mahwit

Village of Al-Mahwit

View of Shibam from Kowkaban, northern Yemen