travel, Yemen

Windows of Yemen.

I’ve posted a lot about Yemen and its beauty. However, there is a special aspect of their unique architecture I want to point out this time – windows. Photos from all around Yemen – Sana’a, Al Mukala, Wadi Dawan – have one thing in common – I noticed a lot of beautiful little open spaces on […]

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The port city of Al Mukalla, Yemen.

Al Mukalla is a main sea port and the capital city of the Hadhramaut coastal region in Yemen. It’s another must-see-Yemen-place on my list (that’s a long list for sure). The loveliest thing is that there’s plenty of goats (I grew up around goats, and never seemed to get over them) around the Old town, and small fishing […]

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Marvelous Shahara (bridge), Yemen.

I’ve already posted about the beauties of Yemen several times, and this is one more place to add to must – see Yemen list. Maybe it’s just easier to say – see EVERYTHING. Shahara is famous for the Bridge of Sighs which is even featured on the country’s 10 Rial coin. This engineering marvel spans […]

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art of resistance, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Filming on the Fringe – Saudia Arabia’s and Yemen’s first female filmmakers.

Author: Natalie Shooter / Reorient In the midst of a nascent film industry, a handful of female filmmakers have emerged in the Arabian Peninsula, pioneering film in the region and using it as a tool to fight for change. Saudi Arabia and Yemen both present volatile environments for any director; in the former, cinemas are […]

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Shibam: The mud-brick beauty of Yemen

Shibam is an old town in Yemen, with only around 7ooo inhabitants. It is famous for its mudbrick-made tower houses.  The first known inscription about the city dates from the 3rd century AD. It was the capital of the Hadramawt Kingdom. The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and about 500 of them are tower houses, which […]

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Sana’a, Yemen: A city to see.

Sana’a is one of the oldest cities in the world and Yemen’s largest city. According to popular legend, it was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Surrounded by ancient clay walls which stand 9–14 metres high, the old city contains more than 100 mosques, 12 hammams and 6,500 houses. Its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric patterns get your attention right away, […]

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art of resistance, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

(Interview) Laleh Khalili | Between War & Commerce.

/We are the dream makers, Dubai by Arcadia Blank/ Laleh Khalili is professor of Middle East politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration (Cambridge, 2007) and Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013), and […]

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Without Peace, We Can’t Have Women’s Rights.

/photo: Shepard Fairey, Obey Middle East Mural/ More than a century has passed since the famous strikes of female workers in the American textile industry. For more than a century, all around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March. A century later, inequality isn’t gone. To discuss the issues of […]

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