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Ibb Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 26 photos

Hill Town in the Southern Highlands

Ibb sits on a hill by the Western mountains of the Southern Highlands, 194km from Sana’a.
The countryside in this area has been tribal for thousands of years and the towns were built for defence, like fortresses – perched high on the mountains for an easy view of attackers. Ibb is a typical rural hill town.

Ibb Old Town

Ibb town was settled in very early Islamic times and was important during the Ottoman period as an administration centre.

A Lush Green Landscape

The Ibb basin has a lush green landscape due to the highest rainfall on the Arabian peninsular. The agricultural terraces have been common in the area for over 5000 years. Nowadays the terraces are like smallholdings, run by families to grow sourgum, qat, millet and coffee.
They have to be maintained against the heavy rains or the walls will fall and the terraces will wash away.
Ploughing is done in the traditional way with a donkey or ox.

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  • In a nutshell:Interesting Agricultural Landscape
  • Last visit to Ibb: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Hi, Jane! Wonderful views of those tribal villages! Thanks for your useful page about that remote place!


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