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Shibam Hadramaut Yemen 1993

Shibam Hadramaut Yemen 1993
I lived and worked in Yemen in the early 1990s at a time when the country was not at war so we could travel everywhere. This is Shibam city from the air looking north, taken from the De Haviland Twin Otter on a company flight from Sana'a to the seismic base in Block 32. The pilot dropped down and circled the city so we could get a better look.

Shibam, the Manhattan of the Desert, is a magical place from the air or on the ground. It must have been a breathtaking vision of civilisation for any desert traveller crossing the Empty Quarter to look over the high cliffs of Wadi Hadramaut and see this beautiful city rising from the wadi floor.

It is a great shame that the country and its friendly people have been so damaged in the last years with no obvious end to their woes in sight.

ɱ ƕ, Erhard Bernstein, Nouchetdu38, Nautilus and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Yes, an astonishing shot and place, and I agree with everything you say.
Thank you for showing.
Just an extra point: I notice the buildings rarely rise above 7 floors. In France, I was told that the idea (long before Otis invented lifts) was that 7 floors was the optimum height. Top floor for students (viz La Bohème), floors 5 & 6 for bachelors, 3 & 4 for young families, 2 for families with babies and ground floor for the elderly.
How much of this was true and how much can be transposed here I have no idea!
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
Loose_Grip club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
Sounds very sensible Andy but where would they put their goats??
8 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Loose_Grip club
On the roof which surely would have been laid to lawn!!! :o)
8 months ago.
Berny club
very impressive!
8 months ago.
Loose_Grip club
has replied to Berny club
It's an amazing place.
8 months ago.
 ɱ ƕ
ɱ ƕ club
These ancient cities in Yemen look stunning. I noticed Shibam first in Pasolini's Arabian Nights
8 months ago.

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