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"Visit the city of Shibam." Yemen Things to Do Tip by schielen

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Shibam is called the Manhattan of the desert. The picture gives you an idea why. It has about 7,000 inhabitants, and was capital for periods of the Hadramawt kingdom. Hadramawt owes its fame to its distinct architecture, which now is on UNESCOs programme to safeguard the human cultural heritage. The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud bricks, but still there are about 500 tower houses, rising 5 to 9 storeys high.
While Shibam has existed for around 2,000 years, most of the city's houses come mainly from the 16th century. However over the following centuries, many have been rebuilt over and over again.

Directions: Shibam is one of the larger cities in the Hadramawt region, in the East of Yemen. The nearby city of Seyun has an airfield. Overland you reach Shibam from the South comming from the Port Al Mukalla. A

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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