On the 15th of this month, between 9.00 AM and 8.00 PM - a TEDx organized event was for the first time held in Mukalla, at the Belfageeh Hall, 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.
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.
A new documentary is lifting the veil on one of the most exotic travel destinations that very few people know exists: Socotra. "Socotra: The Hidden Land" offers a revealing look at the remote island’s stunning landscapes and its people, whose ancient beliefs and lifestyles are under threat as they embrace modern practices and technology. With hundreds of endemic plants and animals the four-island archipelago of Socotra, a part of Hadhramout, has been dubbed the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean and one of the most alien landscapes on Earth.