1556, Section: Culture
Published on 30 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture
Laying within the old quarters of Taiz are beautifully designed houses with brown bricks and impeccable white mosques. Once hailed as the culture capital of Yemen during the Rasulid dynasty (1229—1454), Taiz is currently struggling to maintain its architectural heritage.
Published on 21 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture
When we speak of weddings, it goes without saying that food, decor, and music play a crucial role in keeping guests entertained.
Published on 2 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture
“Al-jibaya,” or “al-rafd,” means “financial support” and is traditionally given to the groom about to marry. It is a tradition that came about in the 10th century, according to independent Sana’a-based Yemeni historian, Nebras Anam.
Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture
Mahris and linguists worry the language may soon die
Published on 4 September 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture
Ingmar Bergman once said, “film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
Published on 2 September 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Culture
Embers burn incense, filling the room with smoke. A young female customer, her coffee cup overturned, waits for the old woman sitting in front of her to read her horoscope.
Published on 26 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture
Pay down 70 percent from last year, Yemeni actors say
Unlike previous years, Yemeni actors and actresses on state-run TV channels were asked to go to a protected compound, called “Tourist City” in Sawan district, east of Sana’a, to receive their wages for their acting in drama series which aired during Ramadan.
Published on 14 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture
University students in Hadramout build model drilling platform using recycled goods
Published on 14 August 2014 by Abdullah Al-Samei in Culture
Khaled Ameen, a motorcycle taxi driver in Sana'a, was surprised to see a woman waving for him to pull over, as it is unusual for women in Sana’a to travel by motorbike. He initially thought she was just going to inquire about directions or ask him a question, but the woman, in her 40s, asked Ameen for a ride.
Published on 14 August 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Culture
The bankruptcy of fine arts in Yemen
Many Yemeni artists link the beginning of the country’s modern arts scene to the central figure of Hashim Ali Abdulla Al-Dawbala. Born in Hadramout in 1945, the artist lived and practiced art in Taiz for most of his life. Training several famous local artists, such as Hakim Al-Aqel and Amina Al-Nusairi, and establishing the Yemeni Artists Association in 1986, Al-Dawbala shaped Yemen’s emerging modern arts scene.