"Wild, even by Yemeni standards" Muhafazat al Jawf Things to Do Tip by dutchwindmill
Muhafazat al Jawf Things to Do: 1 reviews and 0 photos
This is the most northerly one of a band of three provinces (governorates) stretching from the Saudi border to the Aabian Sea: Al Jawf, Marib and Shabwah. It is very much off the beaten path, even by Yemeni standards (even though the Governor is trying to bring some visitors to his province during a yearly tourist festival in December that includes camel races).
It can only be reached by turning North from the main highway at Majzar, halfway between Sana'a and Marib. After 30 kms one reaches the old city of Barraqish, with its walls still intact for a large part. Another 26 kms further North lies the little capital city of Al-Hazm al-Jawf (which I was not allowed to enter when I was there in February 2007). East and West of Al-Hazm are various archeological sights, but currently they are all off-limits. Just North of the town the Government offices are located in a well-protected compound.
If allowed, the trip to Barraqish and Al-Hazm is well worth it. Houses are different from those in Marib, very rectangular with red-terra bands.