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#15 – Shibam Hadhramaut, YEMEN

The Manhattan of the Yemeni desert still stands strong after centuries!

Located in the centre of Yemen, in the Hadhramaut Valley, “Shibam Hadhramaut” is justifiably described as “the oldest skyscraper city in the world” or “the Manhattan of the desert”, and is one of the oldest examples of city planning based on the principle of vertical construction. The city has some of the tallest mud buildings in the world, with some of them over 30 m (100 ft) high. Don’t visit any time soon, but once the civil war is over, its a great destination to explore!

Yemen, Shibam Hadramawt

Yemen, Shibam Hadramawt

Yemen, Shibam Hadramawt

Shibam, Hadramawt Valley, Yemen

Shibam, Hadramawt Valley, Yemen

 

Shibam, Hadramawt Valley, Yemen

Flying over the city of Shibam

 


The above article appears in the December 2014 issue of Globerovers Magazine