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1. Shibam, Wadi Hadhramawt
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The ancient city of Shibam at Wadi Hadramawt, known for its towering mud buildings dated back to 16th century
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The cluster of 500+ tower houses are built on a dry river bed
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Buildings range from 4- to 9-story tall
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amid the clay forest of Shibam
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Intricate doors and windows adorn the mud houses of Shibam
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Intricate doors and windows adorn the mud houses of Shibam
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Intricate doors and windows adorn the mud houses of Shibam

2. Seiyun & Tarim, Wadi Hadhramawt
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Seiyun (Say'un) is the main town in Wadi Hadramawt at the heart of Yemeni desert, with the Sultan Al Kathiri Palace as the most prominent landmark.
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A school (madrassa) at Tarim, a smaller historic town northeast of Seiyun
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Houses in Seiyun at the foot of the massive cliff
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The minaret of the Al Muhdhar Mosque at Tarim is measured 53 metres (175 feet) high, and recognised to be one of the tallest earth structures in the world.

3. Al Hajjarayn, Wadi Hadhramawt
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Highrise mud houses exist not only in Shibam but also throughout the entire Wadi Hadramawt region. The village of Al Hajjarayn near Wadi Dohan is one of the outstanding examples
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Al Hajjarayn at the foot of the mountain
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A mud houses at Al Hajjarayn. Lattice windows enhance air circulations
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Aerial view of Wadi Hadramawt
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Aerial view of Wadi Hadramawt

4. Sana'a, the National Capital (I)
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The morning cityscape of Sana'a
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The 1000-year old Bab Al-Yemen (the Gate of Yemen) at the city centre of Sana'a
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Daily prayers can be heard at all corners of the town thanks to the numerous minarets
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Old town street
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Old town courtyard
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Traditional houses by the canal, doubled as main street during the dry season
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Tainted glassed windows as one of the salient feature of Yemeni architecture

5. Sana'a, the National Capital (II)
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Street in Sana'a
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Vegetable gardens amid the city blocks
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Hammam - bath houses
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Brick highrises in Sana'a as oppose to the mud highrises in Wadi Hadramawt
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Uniformed soldiers are common scene in the capital
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Jambiyas (short decorated daggers) as the jewllery of Yemeni men
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6. Aden & Taez
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The old town of Aden, situated in the crater of an extinct volcano
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Colonial architectures in Aden
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Aden new town
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Young jambiya vendor, Ta'izz (Taez)
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Sunset over Ta'izz (Taez)

7. Jibla & Wadi Dhar
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Queen Arwa Mosque, Jibla
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The green village of Jibla in Yemen's highland
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Queen Arwa Mosque, Jibla
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Yemen's highland architectures
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Dar al-Hajar, the rock palace, Wadi Dhahr
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A chamber inside Dar al-Hajar, feature a in-wall closet with retractable access steps

8. Thilla (Thula)
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The fortress town of Thilla 54km from Sana'a
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A gate at Thilla
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Inside Thilla village
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Inside Thilla village
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Door
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Thilla architecture