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1543, Section: Culture


Traditional Heritage House’s collection includes traditional clothes, artifacts and precious silver, as well as many historical photographs such as the two pictured above.

Traditional Heritage House in Sana’a plundered as Yemeni heritage comes under increasing threat

Published on 5 June 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in Culture

Arwa Othman, head of the Traditional Heritage House in Sana'a, spent two years collecting traditional artifacts to fill the museum. She was devastated when it was robbed earlier last month.

This article has photo galleryWill Yemenis stand behind federalism?

Published on 21 May 2014 by Ezzaddin Al-Zain in Culture

Will Yemenis stand behind federalism?

This article has photo galleryStand-up comedy event held in Sana'a aims to relieve social tension

Published on 15 May 2014 by Amal Al -Yarisi in Culture

At a time when violence is rife, some scramble for ideas that could bring smiles to people's faces. One example was an event held in Sana'a on May 3 called “Sana'a Stand-up Comedy: Show us your teeth.”

Feeling blue? There’s a witch doctor for that

Published on 6 May 2014 by Mohammed Alkhayat in Culture

Yemenis suffering from mental health say they are discouraged from visiting therapists

Marane’ were used for drawing water from deep wells. One Old City resident said the marane’ stopped working in the 1990s when the water sources dried up―something he blames on increased well-drilling. Residents also complained that things worsened after t

Sana’a’s marane’―a national treasure with an uncertain future

Published on 24 April 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Culture

Among the many fascinating historical buildings crammed into Sana'a's charming Old City are over two dozen historic marane' (singular marna) lying in various states of disrepair.

Tourists were reliable buyers of qamarias. With the decline of the tourism sector, qamaria makers say they have seen their industry and sales decline as well.

Age-old Qamaria industry struggles to keep its place in modern Yemen

Published on 15 April 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Culture

Mohammed Mokhtar is the owner of a workshop that makes and installs qamarias. He used to wake up early and get to work making the the distinctive windows that adorn many Yemeni homes.

Theater as change agent

Published on 11 March 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Culture

Theater is a cornerstone of culture and has enjoyed great popularity throughout history and around the world.

For generations now, Yemeni singers have been leaving the homeland to find fame and appreciation abroad.  One motivating factor is finances. Singers can do well in the Gulf, where they say they can perform at a party everyday.

This article has photo galleryFollowing a long-lasting trend, Yemeni singers continue their exodus

Published on 6 March 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture

Singers heading to Gulf, where they say they are more appreciated and better-paid

“Most of the time, we are involved directly in the implementation [of these projects], with technical staff on the ground,” according to FAO representative Salah Al-Hajj Hassan.

This article has photo galleryFAO representative speaks to the Yemen Times

Published on 25 February 2014 by Ali Saeed in Culture

Nearly half the population of the country, about 10.5 million Yemenis, are food insecure—and that number is rising, according the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Stigma surrounds adoption of abandoned children

Published on 20 February 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in Culture

On her way to work one day, Najat Bahakim and her sister heard a faint cry. As they approached the direction of the noise, they found themselves near a garbage dump on Al-Qaesia Street in Sana’a. Instead of a kitten, as Bahakim expected, she found an abandoned newborn lying in the dump.