30 years after unity dream, fragmented Yemen faces reality; Muslim Times/AFP

Thirty years after unification, Yemen is on the verge of fragmentation as a result of armed conflicts, regional rivalries and foreign interference.

Source: 30 years after unity dream, fragmented Yemen faces reality

Gov’t reports STC’s sabotage in Socotra to UNESCO; Al Sahwa Yemen

Source: Gov’t reports STC’s sabotage in Socotra to UNESCO

Saudi raids destroy Yemen World Heritage sites; Middle East Monitor

Source: Saudi raids destroy Yemen World Heritage sites

UNESCO expresses concern while monitoring flash floods in the Old City of Sana’a; Unesco

Source: UNESCO expresses concern while monitoring flash floods in the Old City of Sana’a

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.

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25 Cultural Treasures Destroyed Forever by War; Thomas C Frohlich & John Harrington; Wall St

 

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The world’s most beautiful homes are also down to earth; Diana Budds; Curbed

The new book The Art of Earth Architecture explores one of the oldest—and most ecologically sensitive—building techniques.

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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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Magical Socotra stands at a crossroads of conflict and conservation; Dima Obeidat; Bird Life

The jewel in the crown of Arabia’s biodiversity is under threat. Often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the unique Socotra archipelago is an Important Bird & Biodiversity and UNESCO World Heritage Site of global importance for its endemic wildlife and rich ancient cultures, but action is needed before modern-day pressures change these ancient islands forever.

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

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Socotra: Trapped between Environmental Emergency and Geopolitics; Nicolas Dunais; Lobelog

Listed as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve since 2008, the island of Socotra is considered a living laboratory by scientists and has awed the few …

Source: Socotra: Trapped between Environmental Emergency and Geopolitics 

‘Manhattan of the desert’: civil war puts Yemen’s ancient skyscrapers at risk; Bethan McKernan; The Guardian

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In addition to the conflict’s huge human cost, Yemen’s rich cultural heritage has been ravaged, from the Queen of Sheba’s reputed throne room to the mudbrick high-rises of Shibam…

Source: ‘Manhattan of the desert’: civil war puts Yemen’s ancient skyscrapers at risk

Palmyra attracts more foreign tourist delegations after liberating it from terrorism; Ruaa al-Jazaeri; SANA

Palmyra, bride of the desert, today is attracting more foreign tourists who come to see the archeological city which enjoys a prestigious position in the humanitarian and cultural history and to get acquainted with what it has went through of systematic destruction at the hands of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists.

Source: Palmyra attracts more foreign tourist delegations after liberating it from terrorism

60 Stunning Images of The Middle East That Will Make You Forget Its Violent Past; Jamie Frater; Listverse

The Middle East was once thought of as a beautiful and exotic far-away land. But unfortunately for those of us alive in modern times, the term now…

Source: 60 Stunning Images of The Middle East That Will Make You Forget Its Violent Past – Listverse

Palermo conf on Socotra biodiversity; Redazione Ansa

Palermo is preparing to host a conference that will highlight how the Yemeni conflict and other threats have put the unique biodiversity of the Socotra Archipelago in peril.

Source: Palermo conf on Socotra biodiversity – Lifestyle

Arrival of more UAE mercenaries on Yemen’s Socotra island; Middle East Monitor

Source: Arrival of more UAE mercenaries on Yemen’s Socotra island

Does UAE seek to colonize Yemen’s Socotra island?; Blog Factory

Residents of Yemen’s strategic Socotra Island have staged a protest to vent their outrage at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for deploying military forces there. The demonstrators took to the …

Source: Does UAE seek to colonize Yemen’s Socotra island?

Revealed: Houthi rebels looting and destroying Yemen’s culture; Mina Aldroubi; The National

Yemen’s rich historical sites being erased, the country’s Ministry of Culture says…

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Many calls but little action to stop cultural destruction in Yemen; Mohammed Yahya Gahlan; Al Monitor

Smuggled Yemeni antiquities continue to find customers in the West, despite international outcry to stop the looting and destruction in Yemen.

Source: Many calls but little action to stop cultural destruction in Yemen

Houthis condemned for pillaging historic Yemeni library; The National

The Iran-backed rebels have been stealing manuscripts and historical books, cultural body say…

Source: Houthis condemned for pillaging historic Yemeni library