Shibam

 

Shibam is an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in central Yemen.

The city itself dates back to the second century AD, but it is most famous for its mud-built highrise structures built in the 16th C to protect the citizens from Bedouin raids.

Located at an important caravan halt on the spice and incense route across the Southern Arabian plateau, the dwellings developed on a fortified, rectangular grid plan of streets and squares.

The bizarre skyline created by the high rises have given the city the nickname, “Manhattan of the Desert.”

 

NOTE: The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Yemen because of the high security threat level posed by ongoing conflict and terrorist activities.  The level of instability and ongoing threats, including the threat of kidnapping, in Yemen is severe. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition initiated an air campaign in support of the exiled Yemeni government. While a nationwide cessation of hostilities has largely held since April 10, pockets of violence persist and the country remains deeply insecure.  Periodic armed conflict and shelling continues in certain areas across the country. There are reports of land mines being placed in areas vacated by withdrawing forces. The military conflict has also significantly damaged infrastructure, limiting the availability of electricity, clean water, and medical care, and causing travel by internal roads to be dangerous. This instability often hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically needed food, medicine, and water.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
 

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Dary Furnished Apartments

Dary Furnished Apartments

Featuring free WiFi, Dary Furnished Apartments offers accommodation in Sharurah. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

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High House

High House

Offering free WiFi, High House is located in Sharurah. Centrepoint is a 15-minute walk from the property. Al Othaim Shopping Centre can be reached by car in 5 minutes. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

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Sharurah Plaza Hotel

Sharurah Plaza Hotel

Located at the entrance of the city of Sharurah, Sharurah Plaza Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the shops. It includes a coffee shop, free WiFi in all areas and a free airport shuttle. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$53

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Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Mud-Based Highrises

The tall cluster of sun-dried mud brick tower houses of the 16th century walled city of Shibam, which rises out of the cliff edge of Wadi Hadramaut has been described as a 'Manhattan' or 'Chicago' of the desert. The city is built on a rocky spur several hundred metres above the wadi bed, and superseded an earlier settlement that was partly destroyed by a massive flood.
Historic Landmarks
Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’. The dense layout of Shibam surrounded by contiguous tower houses within the outer walls expressed an urban response to the need for refuge and protection by rival families, as well as their economic and political prestige.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Castles and Forts
Islamic Landmarks

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