"Land of Queen Arwa" Jiblah by Nansen

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Ibb province is probably the most represenative region of the legendary Arabia Felix: It is placed in the mountainious region northeast of Taizz,and raining is not rare , because of the wet winds that come from the ocean. Thanks to this, it´s well-known as the Green Province, with terrace-crops all over the mountains. Atlhough I will focus on Jiblah city, there are some other several wonderful landscapes in the province, like Sumara Pass , 2800m high and other cities like Yarim and Ibb, the main city of the province.

Although Jiblah had been a more important city, Ibb became the main city of the province recently, as the north-south route moved near to the city. The history of Jiblah started in Manakha in the Haraz mountains .Ali bin Mohammed as-Sulayhi, who was part of the muslim ismail branch, founded his own dinasty, and after winning some wars against his enemies, the Najahida and Zaidi families, moved to Sanaa, to rule from there nearly all Yemen.
After his death, in 1080 aproximately, his son wasn´t able to defeat the old enemies, so the government passed to his wife, Arwa, who moved to Jiblah and established her court. Arwa was a wise and powerful woman, who builded important constrcutions for Jiblah people and developed the city. It is the reason why she was known as the second queen of Saba, in remeber of the fabulous woman who ruled Marib and was Salomon´s lover.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Arwa Queen history, Green and mountanious Landscape
  • Cons:Be careful driving , roads are narrow
  • In a nutshell:Different landscape in Yemen
  • Last visit to Jiblah: Jul 2004
  • Intro Written Apr 17, 2005
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