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Katherine Abu Hadal earned a part-time income by posting cooking videos of Yemeni dishes online‭.

This article has photo galleryKatherine Abu Hadal to the Yemen Times: ‘Yemeni-American families maintain a strong sense of food identity’

Published on 27 November 2014 by in Interview

In 2009 Katherine Abu Hadal had her first taste of Yemeni food at a nondescript restaurant in Sana’a. She doesn’t remember much other than the malawah bread—a flat bread typically made with glee—and the dabeekh—a stewed vegetable dish—which she thought were delicious. She was hooked on the cuisine.

Now the 27-year-old American shows others from her home in the US how to make such delicacies via her website and YouTube channel—Sheba Yemeni Foods—dedicated to Yemeni cooking.

Abu Hadal originally came to Yemen to learn Arabic and ended up spending two and a half years in the country after meeting her husband here. It gave her time to practice her language skills and learn the secrets of the Yemeni kitchen from those around her before relocating back to the US.

Until today Abu Hadal says she is trying to perfect both—her spoken Arabic and her kitchen creations. Perhaps it’s her passion that earned Abu Hadal a speaker spot at Yemen’s third annual TEDxSanaa held earlier this month. She spoke to the audience about how she took her fascination with Yemen’s culinary traditions and transformed them into an impressive online presence.

In the two years since she began the website and started posting her cooking videos, her YouTube channel has grown to include over 50,000 subscribers and her videos have received over 8,000,000 total views.  

Abu Hadal spoke to the Yemen Times about finding a niche like Yemeni cooking and how she has generated a global audience for her cooking tutorials and in the process made a little money off of it.

“There are a large number of cities, towns and villages in Yemen that are home to important historical and Islamic sites. We have a number of historical mosques and old centers of learning that would make attractive tourist destinations.”

Can Islamic tourism save Yemen? The Malaysia model

Published on 20 November 2014 by in Interview

A major trend in today’s tourism market is the increased popularity and potential for Islamic Tourism. According to Research and Markets, which calls itself the world’s largest market research store, the Islamic tourism market’s extraordinary potential and speedy growth means it is expected to comprise nearly 30 percent of the global tourism market by 2018.

Southern Youth Coalition Spokesman Shamsan Bin Monis

Southern Movement Youth Coalition spokesperson: “Our problems will not be solved as long as we remain part of the north.”

Published on 6 November 2014 by Ali Aboluhom in Interview

The Southern Youth Coalition grew out of the pro-secessionist Southern Movement four years after it was founded in 2007. Since its establishment, the coalition has been mobilizing youth from all southern governorates to participate in Southern Movement activities.

Mohammed Al-Saberi to the Yemen Times: “The party will not participate in the new government unless it is subjected to criteria of real nati

Published on 28 October 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Interview

Mohammed Al-Saberi is a leading figure of the Nasserist Unionist People’s Organization, commonly referred to as the Nasserist Party, and member of its Central Committee. He talked to the Yemen Times about his party’s current political role and future. He criticizes the Houthis, whom he accuses of having “murdered the country.” Al-Saberi also calls the Nasserist Party’s withdrawal from the current government in September “responsible.” He argues that “no party should have continued in the government given the current situation of the country.”

Al-Bukhaiti to the Yemen Times: “The Houthis’ takeover can not be called an invasion”

Published on 21 October 2014 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

The Yemen Times sat down with Hussein Al-Bukhaiti, a self-described Houthi activist who is familiar with the inner workings of the group.

Viewing the past as a wonderul time for tourism in Yemen and the present as wrought with challenges, Baider remains hopeful the industry will recover.

On being a tour guide in Yemen: “It’s both the hardest and best job”

Published on 14 October 2014 by Yemen Times Staff in Interview

Ahmed Baider is a 21-year-old student at Sana’a University, where he studies business management. He is also a tour guide for his family’s tourism agency, in addition to working for Wings Travel Agency, in order to learn even more about the industry.

Jane Marriott, British Ambassador to Yemen

British Ambassador Jane Marriott to the Yemen Times: “We can support what Yemenis want to achieve”

Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Saeed in Interview

The Yemen Times met with the British Ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott, at the British embassy in the capital Sana’a a day after the 8th “Friends of Yemen” meeting in New York.

One challenge facing the World Food Programme, according to its deputy country director, Rukia Yacoub, is maintaining a certain level of funding. Many funds are going to Iraq and Syria because the humanitarian needs there are some of the most extreme.

Yemen World Food Programme: Its mission, activities and future plans

Published on 30 September 2014 by Bassam Al-Khamiri in Interview

With the recent clashes between the military and the Houthis in Sana’a, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has increased. Hundreds of families in Sa’ada, Amran, Marib, Hodeida and Al-Jawf governorates are need of humanitarian assistance. The country has an estimated 243,000 refugees and 307,000 IDPs, according to the EU.

Invited to a marriage ceremony in a village in Amran's highlands, Peer Gatter participates in a Jambiyya dance that preceded the traditional qat chew.

This article has photo galleryPolitics of Qat: The Role of a Drug in Ruling Yemen An interview with author Dr.Peer Gatter

Published on 11 September 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview

Our series of book excerpts from Dr. Peer Gatter’s “Politics of Qat” has come to an end. Much interesting information could not be covered within the frame of 14 weekly articles. This should encourage readers to continue studying Gatter’s book, which is much more than just an investigation into qat. It is a book on Yemen’s political class, on the politics of power, and on our country’s political soul—seen through the eyes of a qat researcher. This makes it a precious academic contribution full of unexpected facets. The book is likely to remain the most influential book on qat for decades to come and it may well prove to be one of the most significant pieces of research on Yemen published by a foreigner since the epic accounts of 18th century traveler and researcher Carsten Niebuhr.

In concluding the Yemen Time’s qat series, editor-in-chief Nadia Al-Sakkaf interviews Peer Gatter to ask him about his personal motivation, research experience, background stories, and predictions.

Abdulazeez Jubari‭, ‬general secretary of the Justice and Building Party‭. ‬The party was established in 2012‭ ‬and some of its most prominent members were part of the then ruling GPC party‭, ‬including Mohammed Ali Abuluhom‭, ‬the head of the party‭, ‬an

“We are ready to join the government if it’s serious to create change”

Published on 4 September 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Interview

The Justice and Building Party was one of the very few independent political parties that were established in the aftermath of Yemen’s 2011 uprising. The Yemen Times spoke with Abdulazeez Jubari, the general secretary of the Justice and Building Party, to gain insight into the party’s origins, ideals, and the difficulties it faces as a new political party.