Category: Yemen

Cash for work: promoting local employment through heritage conservation in historic cities (Yemen); Unesco

Photo: Jean-Jacques Gelbart

Source: Promovouir l’emploi local grâce à la conservation du patrimoine dans les villes historiques (Yémen)

A trip to Yemen’s Socotra Island; The Frontier Post

Photo: Frontier Post

Socotra Island has been variously described as ‘The Galapagos of the Middle East’ and ‘The Jewel of Arabia.’ This Yemeni UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest of four islands in the Socotra Archipelago, situated east of the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. The unspoiled, alien-like landscape of the island has intrigued travelers and scientists alike for decades.

Source: A trip to Yemen’s Socotra Island – The Frontier Post

Yemen’s unique ‘dragon’s blood’ island under threat; Peter Martell; AFP

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Centuries-old umbrella-shaped dragon’s blood trees line the rugged peaks of Yemen’s Socotra — a flagship symbol of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s extraordinary biodiversity, but also a bleak warning of environmental crisis.

Source: Yemen’s unique ‘dragon’s blood’ island under threat

Foreign tourists can finally visit Yemen’s idyllic Socotra. Yemenis cannot; Middle East Eye

Photo: AFP

Yemenis accuse the UAE of illegitimate control over access to the island and allowing foreigners in without government approval…

Source: Foreign tourists can finally visit Yemen’s idyllic Socotra. Yemenis cannot

Yemeni Fears for Sanaa Old City Exacerbate as Houthis Seek Hezbollah-Styled Stronghold; Asharq Al-Awsat

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Yemen’s world heritage site, the Old City of Sanaa, is under increasing threat of being carved out into an exclusive stronghold for Iran-backed Houthi militias and molded into an epicenter for sectarianism in the war-torn country, warned Sanaa-based Yemeni sources.

Source: Yemeni Fears for Sanaa Old City Exacerbate as Houthis Seek Hezbollah-Styled Stronghold

An ancient city is on the brink of collapse due to the weather; AccuWeather

Some of the first big buildings to be constructed in the Yemeni city of Shibam were built around 900.

Source: An ancient city is on the brink of collapse due to the weather

In Pictures: Yemen’s ‘Manhattan of the Desert’ risks collapse; Al Jazeera

Ancient city of Shibam, a World Heritage Site, was largely spared by war but remains at the mercy of natural disasters.

Source: In Pictures: Yemen’s ‘Manhattan of the Desert’ risks collapse

This Ancient Yemen city, which survived wars, is at risk of environmental damage; Africa News

The historic city of Chibam – thought to be home to the oldest skyscraper in the world – is now at risk of collapse due to torrential rains.

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How guidebook writer Hilary Bradt fell in love with the remote island of Socotra; Hilary Bradt; iNews

Socotra is a Unesco-protected naturalist’s paradise that won over travel guide founder Hilary Bradt the instant she touched down.

Source: How guidebook writer Hilary Bradt fell in love with the remote island of Socotra

UNESCO listed World Heritage site, Yemen’s Shibam city, risks collapse; Gulf Today

Yemen’s city of Shibam is at high risk of getting collapsed due to floods and rains in the region. The city is called the ‘Manhattan of the Desert’ because of its ancient muddy skyscrapers.

Source: UNESCO listed World Heritage site, Yemen’s Shibam city, risks collapse

Yemen’s Historic UNESCO-Listed City of Shibam to Go Renovation; Al Bawaba

Local authorities in Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramout have announced the start of a program to renovate dozens of decaying houses in thehistoric city of Shibam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.

Source: Yemen’s Historic UNESCO-Listed City of Shibam to Go Renovation | Al Bawaba

UNESCO project aims to save Sanaa’s historic mud brick towers; PRI

The distinctive brown and white residential towers of the Old City in Sanaa, Yemen, date back centuries. Amid heavy rains, floods, war and economic collapse, more than a hundred have recently seen their roofs partially collapse.

Source: UNESCO project aims to save Sanaa’s historic mud brick towers

Historic houses in Sanaa’s Old City on brink of collapse after heavy rains; Middle East Eye

Residents call on Unesco to help preserve Yemeni city’s famous mud buildings, many dating from before the 11th century…

Source: Historic houses in Sanaa’s Old City on brink of collapse after heavy rains

Photos: After war, floods now threaten Yemen’s UNESCO heritage sites; Hindustan Times

Recurring floods caused annually due to torrential rains threaten to finish off the destruction of UNESCO listed world heritage sites and distinctive buildings in the Yemeni capital Sanaa with their ochre brick facades and white latticework windows, experts say. Conservation efforts are already bogged down by the conflict between the Houthis and Saudi led coalition backed government and natural causes are only expediting damage that has been done by years of civil war.

Source: Photos: After war, floods now threaten Yemen’s UNESCO heritage sites – world-news – photos | Hindustan Times

Unesco-listed Old Sana’a houses collapse as heavy rains hit Yemen; Devadasan KP; Reuters

Downpour damages distinctive brown and white mud brick homes in capital…

Source: Unesco-listed Old Sana’a houses collapse as heavy rains hit Yemen

UNESCO Mobilizes Funds and Expertise to Safeguard Yemen’s Cultural Heritage; Unesco

Source: UNESCO Mobilizes Funds and Expertise to Safeguard Yemen’s Cultural Heritage

Yemen calls on UNESCO to save Old City of Sanaa; Middle East Monitor

Source: Yemen calls on UNESCO to save Old City of Sanaa

Ancient city that hosts 500 years old mud skyscrapers; Orissa Post

In earlier days people used to live in mud houses. Although those houses were of one storey, you would be surprised to know that there is a city where there are more than 500 skyscrapers made from mud. These buildings are nothing short of miracles because neither rain nor storms have any effect on them.

Source: Ancient city that hosts 500 years old mud skyscrapers – OrissaPOST

Socotra—an unworldly island in the Arabian Sea; Stars Insider

Remote and isolated, the Socotra archipelago is often described as the “most alien-looking place on Earth.” The islands, part of Yemen, are scattered in the Arabian Sea, with Socotra, the largest island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But while once a discerning destination for hardcore adventure tourists, visitor numbers have dwindled since the outbreak of the Yemeni civil war in 2015. Browse this gallery and get an idea of what this unworldly island looks like.

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The ‘Manhattan of the Desert’: Shibam, Yemen’s Ancient Skyscraper City; Arch Daily

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