25 February, 2015

Hadhramaut International Schools, Leads and Excels in Mukalla

Hadhramaut International Schools
"Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim,....." and "Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge, Allah makes the path to Paradise easy for him." (ﷺ). To seek knowledge; to seek education -- is the most enlightening and most rewarding thing one can do. The best and greatest gift one can give to one's children is knowledge; is education. Education enlightens and empowers. But, for knowledge and education to truly enlighten and be beneficial, that requires proper: place, space and means; it requires a school that gives its students good and appropriate resources/facilities and lets them achieve their full potential. A few weeks ago, while in Mukalla, Hadhramout, I visited such a school; a private one: the Hadhramaut International Schools. Considering how dire Hadhramaut's education system and institutions are, I was so relieved and comforted that, finally, Mukalla (and Hadhramout) had such an excellent center for education.

30 January, 2015

TEDx event, Mukalla, Hadhramaut

TEDx Mukalla (تيدكس المكلا)
On the 15th of this month, between 9.00 AM and 8.00 PM - a TEDx organized event was for the first time held  at the Belfageeh Cultural Center, in Mukalla, Hadhramout. Attended by several dignitaries, both local and international (foremost: Sheikh Abdullah Ahmed Bugshan) --- there were several performers, including artists, musicians and others. In spite of all the turbulence that Yemen has been facing, in the past few weeks in particular -- it's a testament of how peaceful and organized the Hadharem can be, for such an international event to be successfully organized and held.

27 January, 2015

Spectacular Highlands, Valleys and Canyons of Hadhramout

The Highlands of Hadhramaut are spectacular and breathtaking: valleys, canyons, cliffs and an amazing array of hills and plateaus -- barren and very barely inhabited. A few kilometers from the coast, the highlands begin -- stretching from the East and Mahra, all the way to Shabwa and the West. I took these photos early in the morning.