Travelling through southern Yemen

The road from Thumrayt into Al Mazyunah leads into the northeast desert of Yemen and my destination the Hadramawt. We stopped in Rimah some half way on our journey for lunch that, at 1,000Yemeni Riyals (roughly 2 Omani Rials), was about twice the cost of a similar rice and meat dish in Oman. Eventually, I arrived in the old town of Seyoun where I intended to stay for a few nights.  My hotel was just off the main square where the old palace, a confection of white plaster, dominates the town.

The Centre of Sayoun in Yemen
The Centre of Sayoun in Yemen

The next day a relative of a friend in Salalah met me and we travelled over the next few days into Tarim with its amazing Al Midhar mosque whose mud-brick minaret towers over 40meters in the air and Shibam. Shibam is almost as it was 500 years ago a veritable citadel of mud-brick tower houses set in the Wadi  Hadramawt. Inside the town I found the Haroun al Rashid mosque, founded in the 10th c , in one one of the numerous small piazzas throughout the town.

Bee Hives in Wadi Doan
Bee Hives in Wadi Dawan

With only a week in the Hadramawt, I left for Mukalla, allowing time to explore Wadi Dawan Yemen. Though less wealthy the houses here were particularly sympathetic to the landscape. In Wadi Dawan I was fortunate to meet a bee-keeper whose several dozen hives are individually locked, so valuable is honey here. When  I managed BHS in Saudi Arabia, honey from Wadi Dawan was sold for around 600 Saudi  riyals  (about 160USDollars) a litre outside the Al Khobar BHS store.

Bugshan Palace Khaila Wadi Doan
Bugshan Palace Khaila Wadi Dawan

Finally, after a couple of nights in Mukalla it took a day to drive along the coastal road (much of which was financed by Oman) before arriving into Salalah during the late evening.

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