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Hadramaut - Traditional and Modern

The capital of Hadramaut since the 15th century and the largest town, Say'un is surrounded by palm groves and has a long established market. The people of Hadramaut claim to be direct descendants of Noah. More recently Hadramaut was part of the South along with Aden but was under the influence of the rule of tribal sultans.
Wadi Hadramaut has old established traditions of mud brick building and making honey and you can see all these activities going on as they always did as you travel around.

The Wadi

The Hadramaut has one of the largest Wadi systems in Arabia which is 160km long and runs from west to east. Apart from the Wadis of Shibam, Tarim and Wadi Doan the area is desert with little rainfall.
Historically people travelled to work in India, Africa and Indonesia and traded very far – there was a trade route between Hadramaut and Babylon.

Modern Development

Many roads in the Hadramaut are financed by wealthy businessmen who live in Saudi. Once they have become successful, they want to show off their wealth and help their local village or town by the building of a road, a symbol of status.
Say'un is a busy modern city with plenty of traffic and an airport. You can fly here from Sana'a easily

  • Last visit to Say'un: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 13, 2008
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