Published on 3 March 2011 by Safiya Al-Jabry
Muslim women who like to wear designed clothes also want to wear designer abayas. Fashion houses are now starting to shift focus so as to meet the demands of this demographic. An increasing number of websites and fashion shows feature abayas, and some top European labels like Blumarine have showcased models wearing couture abayas.
Published on 14 September 2010 by Ismail Sheikh Abdoh
Bodybuilding is surprisingly popular in the Yemeni capital. Around 100 people attend five daily training shifts in the gym at the Bodybuilding and Wrestling Association. There are over ten gyms spread across Sana’a, with an average subscription cost of YR 2,000 a month.
Published on 10 February 2011 by Ross West
Yemen Mocha Mattari coffee is very popular in Japan, but few people know that it comes from Yemen. In fact, few people even know where Yemen is. On a recent trip to Japan I sat in a small cafe talking to the owner about Yemeni coffee in Japan.
Published on 27 September 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf
She was a woman who fell from the sky in robes of dew and became a city…
Published on 12 November 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly
About a year ago, the plastic Jambiya came to the market and nobody except its inventors knew it is made of plastic. People were deceived by the nice looking handle because the materials used in making it added transparent colors which make it look like original rare rhino–horn.
Published on 17 May 2010 by Eyad N. Al-Samman
Tezuka as a manga artist and animator has created 700 stories which included more than 150,000 pages of manga and more than 60 anime that contained themes of progress, technology, environmentalism, tolerance, transformation and reincarnation.
Published on 1 March 2010 by Judith Spiegel
Somewhere I heard or read that Sana’a is the fastest growing city in the world. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. What is undeniably true though, is that Sana’a grew in little more than 50 years from a small town that only consisted of the Old City into an ever expanding city, now nibbling at the feet of old villages and creating new ones.
Published on 25 November 2010 by Malak Shaher
Yemenis have witnessed, and continue to witness, wars and tense situations. This has been reflected in the naming of children. During the revolution of 1962, the names Burkan (volcano), Thaer (revolutionary) and Sharar (spark), were common.
Published on 20 January 2011 by Bohdana Rambouskova
A steep goat path leads up to Hoq Cave. A group of tourists are moving slowly, panting. They are following a tiny Soqotri woman covered in a black balto and niqab despite the heat. Their feet in sophisticated outdoor shoes step on sharp stones and reddish soil which her plastic ipops had touched just a moment ago. They still have a long way to go.
Published on 16 December 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi
The air was fresh and warm as we gazed at a great variety of unusual plants, including Socotra’s distinctive Dragon’s Blood trees synonymous with the unique island. Rare Egyptian vultures ew around us as we looked out on a calm blue sea, with white waves.We spent an exhausting but memorable four days on Yemen’s famous and fascinating island of Socotra.