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Hadramawt

Travel Guide Middle East Yemen Hadramawt

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Introduction

Hadramawt is one of the oldest inhabited areas of Yemen and has an established culture in the Wadi Hadramut. This region of the south Arabian Peninsula stretches along the Gulf of Aden in the Arabian Sea, extending eastwards from Yemen to the Dhofar region of Oman. The people of Hadramawt are called Hadhramis. It was only in 1935 that the explorer Hans Helfritz made a journey into the Hadramut, and the regions still remains very remote. Herfritz, so astounded by what he saw in the city of Shibam, described it as the "Manhattan of the Desert", after the nine floor clay "skyscrapers" that dominate the town's architecture. Traditional architecture such as this is found throughout the area and bears traces of Asian influence. The city of Tarim is renowned for the tallest minaret on the Arabian peninsula.

The Wadi Hadramut have a deeply religious culture. Domed graves serve as a resting place for many religious figures buried here.

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