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This photo is a result of me being part of TE for some time. It was here on this site, where I have seen my first picture of Yemen and wanted to visit this place ever since. I am not sure if it was photo of Shibam or Sana’a, however I am really glad I’ve seen it and had a chance to visit this country. As Shibam has turned into sort of TE meeting, I was challenged with coming up with a view that was not presented yet. There is no lake or pond in front of Shibam, I was lucky enough to find a small pool of water with great potential for nice reflection. To get picture like this I had to use very very low angle… This photo was taken shortly before my two previous posts Play the game & Walk in the magic light, shortly before sunset which makes colors stand out much more and give them much richer feel.

Shibam is a town in Hadramawt, Yemen with about 7,000 inhabitants. It has been the capital of the Hadramawt Kingdom for several periods of time. Shibam owes its fame to its distinct architecture, which now is on UNESCOs programme to safeguard the human cultural heritage. The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud bricks, but about 500 of them are tower houses, which rise 5 to 9 stories high. This technique of building was implemented in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. While Shibam has existed for around 2,000 years, most of the city's houses come mainly from the 16th century. However, many were rebuilt over and over again during the last few centuries. Shibam is often called "the oldest skyscraper-city in the world", or "Manhattan of the desert".

Security subject : I myself felt bit uneasy to go to Yemen, even though I currently live in middle east. Our trip was very safe, but we had armed convoy at few places. You have to be considered when travelling to place where there was a bomb attack on Spanish tourists last year and recent shooting at Belgium group. I think it is similar to situation in Sri Lanka. Few people don’t want tourist to come over and whole country suffers. If you decide to go, check with your embassy if it is ok to do so.

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