It's Time For Peace



"جذورنا أقوى من أن يدمروها"

"Our roots are too strong for them to destroy"


Photo by Bushra Al Fusail

Frame Yemen today: in their series of commemorating the Faj Attan explosion on the 20th of April. Constructed from shards of glass of what remains on the street from the explosion. Glass and paint designed by Arwa Al Odhari & Nadia Al Qubati, female Yemeni architects. 



In memory of the Faj Attan mass explosion that occurred on the 20th of April 2015

The art installation is a creative initiative organized by FRAME Yemen and put together by a group of Yemeni youth. The streets of Sana'a is covered with broken glass that had fallen from just about every building and home. Shards of glass were collected from the streets, each piece on the wall represents a home that was destroyed, a life that was lost, wounds sustained, and the pain and horror that the city lived on that day.


The glass colored Yemeni flag stands for the solidarity and hope that must be revived in these moments of war and tragedy.


Photo by Bushra Al Fusail


People of Yemen: Amnah Al-Nasiri  (Artist, Art Critic & University Lecturer)


 “We are currently living in a constant dialogue between freedom and oppression, between justice and injustice. It is a matter of hard choices; a free human would never choose slavery.” 



Amnah Al-Nasiri was born in Rada’a and earned a Master’s degree in Art Criticism and a Ph.D. in Aesthetics in Moscow. She currently works as the Assistant Professor of Aesthetics at the Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Literature at Sana’a University.


Over the past ten years Amnah has held numerous esteemed internal and external exhibitions in France, Germany, London, Qatar, Spain, Algeria, Oman, Dublin, Egypt, Tunisia, Kuwait, Holland, Libya and Russia. 


In addition to these accomplishments, she is also the former Chief-editor of “Tashkil” Artistic Newspaper and a founding member of the Yemeni Artists Syndicate. She serves as the secretary of The Yemeni International Cultural Circle (Halaqa), is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the “President Prize for Youth’s Literature and Arts”, 2002-2003, a member of The Modern Art Group and one of the founders of Sana’a Atelier.


Books published:
• Color Standings (Articles and Views on Visual Art): Issued by The Ministry of Culture, Sana’a, 2004.
• Times for Sheba Sorrows (Joint work with the poet Ahmed Al-Awadhi): Issued by The Ministry of Culture, Sana’a, 2004.
• Progression of the Old and New (Joint work with Dr. Omar Abdulaziz): Issued by The Department of Culture and Information, Sharqah – 2003.





Crater, Aden



by Motaz Al Nahdy Photography




Moments In Time


His Highness  the Sultan of Shihr and Mukalla



The sons of Umar bin Awadh al Qu'aiti, who became a Jemadar in the forces of the Nizam of Hyderabad State (now in India), first took the town of Shibam from the rival Kathiris in 1858. They later conquered Ash Shihr in 1866 and Al Mukalla in 1881, largely replacing the Kathiris to control most of the Hadhramaut coast on the Gulf of Aden. They entered into treaty relations with the British in 1888 and created a unified Sultanate in 1902 that would become a part of the Aden Protectorate.


As Great Britain planned for the eventual independence of South Arabia in the 1960s, Qu’aiti declined to join the British-sponsored Federation of South Arabia but remained under British protection as part of the Protectorate of South Arabia. Despite promises of a UN referendum to assist in determining the future of the Qu'aiti state in South Arabia on 17 September 1967, Communist forces overran the kingdom and, in November of that year, the Qu’aiti State was integrated forcibly without a referendum into Communist South Yemen which united with North Yemen in 1990 to become the Republic of Yemen.



Happy Women's Day







The second call for ADPP applications will be open until April 1.
Selected grantees will be announced on May 14.  



People of Yemen: Adnan Abdu Shaleb, bagpipe player


A lot of people are not even aware that bagpipes exist in Yemen, much less that a bagpipe player can be found. 


Adnan Abdu Shaleb did not originate from the Scottish Highlands as one might deduce from his beloved instrument, but from the southern coastal city of Aden, a former British colony. He has been playing the Scottish national instrument for over three decades.


Adnan learned to play the bagpipes when he was serving in the military under the guidance of the director of the Military Music Institute. In 1982 he was one of fifty students who were trained to play for functions and ceremonies and he has since travelled to Abu Dhabi, Libya and Oman to represent his country in official functions with his seventy-nine other band members.


One would imagine it a highly unusual hobby for a Yemeni but not quite as out of the ordinary as one might think. During the expansion of the British Empire, spearheaded by British military forces that included Highland regiments, the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe became well-known worldwide, and an integral part of any British Colony.


Adnan has performed at various embassy functions including celebrations at the American and French embassies. His primary aim is to create awareness about bagpipe music and its versatility. Bagpipes can easily be adapted to play Arabic music and his talents are in high demand for Yemeni weddings. He teaches approximately twenty-five students a year, preparing the youth to continue with this unconventional legacy. 


“Yemen has so much talent. Unfortunately, the government has too many other problems to attend to right now. Hopefully, as the political and economic situation in Yemen improves, national support for the arts will increase. Sponsorships for musicians and a special exchange program is required to expose the next generation to different types of instruments and motivate them to develop their talents. We have a long musical history. This is just another facet of our proud heritage. Our neighbours, like Oman, possess better equipment and give their artists more support. Conditions in Yemen are currently not conducive to fostering artistic talent.”


Bookings can be made at:


Yemeniettes is a documentary that follows a team of teenage girls from Sana’a as they strive to break barriers of traditional Yemeni society through entrepreneurship. From the creation of an innovative solar energy project to its submission in the national competition and their eventual participation in the pan-Arab entrepreneurship competition in Qatar, the film explores the trials and tribulations the girls face along the way. Set against the backdrop of a country marked with weak economic policies, a struggling political infrastructure and a dangerous Al-Qaeda presence, Yemeniettes surveys issues of youth unemployment, underemployment, education, drug abuse and demographic pressures. It brings to the screen a part of the world that is often overlooked while maintaining a message of hope and triumph.


Resume Writing & Job Interview Skills Workshop

Maktbi Workshops is pleased to announce their first series of their workshops "Resume Writing & Job Interview Skills"

Cost: $15

Duration: 18 - 19 February 2015 from 5-7 p.m.



Register Here:


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Thank you Abdullah Saleh for showing your face for peace



Great news! Yemen Cable: $270 for receiver, satellite dish, installation and 6 months viewing! OSN channels including movies, Disney cartoons, travel channels, National Geographic, Food Channel, BBC Lifestyle, History Channel, series etc. No sport or music channels included in the price.




Desert Drilling Ltd ( Subsidiary of Trustexos ) has been appointed as Visitor Organizer for the entire Middle East for the CIPPE (China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment) Exibition 2015 to be conducted at Beijing, China from March 26 to 28th 2015. 

Profile of exhibition
China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition (cippe), is a grand gathering in petroleum and petrochemical industry. With a magnificent exhibition space over 90,000 sqm, CIPPE Beijing 2014 attracted 1,800 exhibitors from 65 nations and regions, 16 international pavilions and 65,000 professional visitors. CIPPE has become the largest petroleum exhibition in the world.

CIPPE Beijing 2014 welcomed the attendance of 15 national pavilions, including USA, Germany, UK, French, Canadian, Danish, Italian, Russian etc. In addition, the well-known global enterprises such as GE, Baker Hughes, National Oil Varco, 3M, Schneider, Honeywell, API, Caterpillar, Cummins, MTU, Tyco and Hempeletc all have participated in the event.

The 15th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition (cippeZhenwei International Petroleum Exhibition) will be held on March 26-28, 2015 in New China International Exhibition Center. You are cordially invited!



Competitions from around the world for both established and emerging writers



Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many cases.



Congratulations to Abdulraham, age 12 from Taiz who won the children's film category at Yemen Film Festival (YFF)

“My dream is to be a famous journalist. I carry my camera around, narrate through the life of children, vulnerable children, and speak up on their behalf. Sharing with the world their hidden words, raising their muted voices."  


Abdulraham shows off his prize with his family in Taiz. Photo ©UNICEF 2015/Yassir Abdulbaki/Jeddarya Media

Coffee on Paper, 2014 by Ibi Ibrahim


"The paintings, executed with Yemeni coffee, are a sharp commentary on Yemen’s most valued asset: The country where coffee was discovered in the 15th century, is one of the lowest-ranked countries in production and exports of the seed, even though it is one of the richest and most unique coffee species in the world. The history of coffee in Yemen, almost a tell-tale, is one alternative reading to the history of an ancient civilization, today ruined by the designs of geopolitics and the global economy." - Arie Amaya-Akkermans


New Release: The Last Refuge by Gregory D. Johnson



Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers in an unforgiving corner of Arabia.


The Last Refuge charts the rise, fall, and resurrection of al-Qaeda in Yemen over the last thirty years, detailing how a group that the United States once defeated has now become one of the world’s most dangerous threats. An expert on Yemen who has spent years on the ground there, Gregory D. Johnsen uses al-Qaeda’s Arabic battle notes to reconstruct their world as they take aim at the United States and its allies. Johnsen brings readers in-side al-Qaeda’s training camps and safe houses as the terrorists plot poison attacks and debate how to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day. The Last Refuge is an eye-opening look at the successes and failures of fighting a new type of war in one of the most turbulent countries in the world.



Lifting/tenting floor tiles


Lifting/tenting floor tiles are a common issue in Sana'a. Tile floors should be durable when correctly installed. The following might be the cause of the your problem:



1) Wrong Adhesive

Thinset, a masonry adhesive, usually works best when installing floor tiles, but inexperienced tile setters often make the mistake of applying a layer of tile glue because it’s easier and less messy. Tile glue can release if moisture gets under the tiles, causing them to come loose. If the problem is confined to just a couple of tiles, you can remove the loose ones, scrape the old glue from the back of the tiles and from the underlayment, and re-glue and replace each tile. This is only a stop-gap measure, however, and more tiles are likely to pop in the future. The only permanent fix is to remove all the tiles, clean the underlayment and the tiles and re-lay them, this time with thinset instead of glue.


2) Movement Joints

Recognizing that the tile is a facade, movement joints are needed to eliminate stresses that can occur between the substrate and the tile due to differing amounts of expansion and contraction. Allow room for expansion and contraction in every tile installation for changes in heat. In small rooms, a gap at the perimeter of the room (often hidden by baseboard or shoe molding) is sufficient. For larger areas, the movement joints will be visible. It is especially important to note for interior installations, movement joints are placed more frequently when moisture or direct sunlight is expected. For exterior installations, the range of temperature from summer highs to winter lows must be considered. Rooms with more sunlight need more movement joints.


3) Substandard Underlayment

Tile floors need special masonry-compliant underlayment. Generically called “cement board,” this type of underlayment is thicker and heavier than standard underlayment. If the tile was installed directly onto a plywood subfloor, it might cause ongoing problems with the tiles coming up. Faulty workmanship is a big cause of floor tile problems. Professionals apply a layer of thinset to the subfloor, bed the cement board in the thinset and screw it down before installing another layer of thinset when laying the tiles. You can try to remove and reset individual tiles, but it won’t fix the bigger problem.


An Alternative to Extensive Repairs

When the problem is widespread and the only way to fix it correctly is to remove all the tiles, fix the substrate and re-lay the tiles, it might be better to cover the tile floor with floating laminate flooring. If the existing tiles are coming loose, but not poking up, the floor might be a candidate for laminate, which does not attach directly to the tiles but rests on a thin polyvinyl cushioning layer. Installing standard laminate over tile will add about 5/16 inch to the floor height. 

The Foundation for Endangered Wildlife in Yemen would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! Thank you for all your support in 2014. We hope 2015 will be a great year for Yemen, its people and its animals. There is so much work to be done but with your help and encouragement, we hope to make 2015 a monumental turning point for Yemen's amazing wildlife.



 YERO (Yemen Education and Relief Organisation) Wishes Everyone a Prosperous 2015



2014 Highlights:


Congratulations to our director Nouria Nagi not only for receiving her OBE from the Queen of England in an official ceremony, but for being awarded the Order of Merit from The President of The Republic of Yemen Abdorabo Mansour, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Minister of Expatriates, and the Shield of Honor from Tamkin for Youth Development.


Our main objectives are
• To facilitate access to education to children (both girls and boys) of poor families and street children 
• To help those children enroll in government schools 
• To monitor and follow up on the children’s progress to ensure their success at school 
• To support the children families by giving the mothers training in hand crafts and selling the items on their behalf so that they become Self-sufficient. Amazing Handicrafts:
Facebook: yero yemen


As every year, we would like to thank our kind sponsors and donors, who provided all our children with every thing they needfor schooling including school bags, shoes, uniforms stationery kits and all school supplies. We are so grateful to all of you for the ability to maintain these handouts to our beloved children and hope to continue the same for the years to come.


Currently YERO has 200 children sponsored out of 550 children registered at our Centre. Sponsors receive regular updates on the progress of the child sponsored.



During 2014: 
* We opened a bigger IT class. 58 children graduated from computing class and 60 new ones are enrolled. This project was partly funded by Development Aid Club —Austria. 
• Thanks to Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC): we have 8 students (7 girls & 1 boy) at third year University. And this year we enrolled 8 new students (7 girls & 1 boy) in their 1st year university in different colleges. (Medical, Business, Information Technology etc.) 
• One girl has graduated from the Medical Institute. 
• A girl finished her TOEFL exam and passed with a distinction. 
• Enrolled one girl for 2nd year medical college . 
• Enrolled one girl at a Language institute. 
• We trained mothers of the children who are enrolled at the centre for sewing classes in our centre, and teach them how to make embroidered purses of different sizes so they can support their families.
• With the collaboration of Netherlands Embassy, who kindly funded a project to implement a photo graphic exhibition (daily life of a Yemeni child) for 20 boys & 20 girls 
• 20 teenagers are taking a Generator maintenance course which will last for four months. They are provided with lunch and transportation by Alkhair Foundation (Universal Group) who are kindly supporting them.



We would like to thank our sponsors and donors for your continued support and love.






Mother's Day at the Indonesian Embassy in Sana'a


Indonesian ambassador to Yemen, HE Wajid Fauzi, welcomes everybody


Some of the performances




Indonesian food bazaar



Only 5 days left....


Please support if you can!

All money over the original target will support young girls on Socotra island so they can go to school. A big thank you to all who have contributed so far. Please keep sharing and spreading the word...every single penny helps! 




Did you know?


Although camel milk is regarded as a newly discovered superfood in the Western world, in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, camel milk has been known as a health tonic since the first desert nomads learnt how to milk wild camels.


While slightly saltier than cows’s milk, it is very good for you. It is three times as rich in vitamin C as cow’s milk. Aside from vitamin C, it is known to be rich in iron, unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.



People buy the milk for a variety of ailments including diabetes, autism, lactose intolerance and kid’s allergies. Lactose-intolerant individuals can easily digest camel milk.



According to Dr Kellie Bilinski, a spokeswoman for the Dietitians Association of Australia, camel milk also has a substantially higher amount of niacin (Vitamin B3), iron and vitamin C and a similar amount of protein, calcium, fat and lactose to cow’s and goat’s milk.
There’s some early research that has shown there are health benefits for individuals with insulin dependent diabetes (by reducing the amount of insulin required to produce glycaemic control), however other early research investigating whether there are any benefits in treating autism, breast cancer and Crohn’s disease has not been as promising.





Cute Idea


Yemeni style gingerbread houses for the festive season



Source: Benjamin Wiacek @Nefermaat on Twitter




A fantastic opportunity for artists and musicians alike. Munathara - مناظرة is doing an online video competition asking people to present their take on what's needed for positive change. The competition requires that you present through speech, poetry, rap, dance, song, or anything original and a response to the theme. 8 winners will be flown to Amman, Jordan, to perform live.
You can download your video (no more than 99 seconds) with your take on the hashtag theme: #لا_سبيل_للتغيير_دون
Submission deadline is December 9, and Munatha will announce winners on the 12th of December. All based on online voting. Let's see some Yemenis on that stage!
If you need more info:




The Season for Giving is Here



If you're doing any online shopping this holiday season, sign up to support The Yemen Peace Project using Amazon Smile




It costs you nothing, and Amazon donates a small percentage to the YPP with every purchase.








Thank you!


Yemen Peace Project




UNICEF Yemen Child Rights Awareness Campaign



Children and community members choose the right they will pledge to fulfil, advocate for and endorse.


#CRC25 #UNICEF_Yemen "I have the right to play"



#CRC25 #UNICEF_Yemen "I have the right to live in a clean environment"



Photo credit: UNICEF Yemen/2014/Jedarya Media/Yassir Abdul-Baki



Books by Dr Qais Ghanem





Rarely can a small donation go such a long way:

Mobile School is an educational project focused on illiterate children working in the streets of Sana'a, Yemen. Our aim is to bring an educational window to those children who can hardly or not at all attend school because of different reasons: they are coming from poor families, they are orphans or they are forced to beg and bring money to their parents and families.


Did You Know?




Kohl is made from crushed Ithmid stone (Antimony sulphate or Isfahan Collyrium) and was used for centuries by all Yemenis. It was a way to protect the eyes from infections, purifying it of microbes, and also as a natural cosmetic.



Old Yemeni Kohl case - These kind of kohl bottles were mostly used by men on their belts, at the side of tobacco boxes, coin holders,and the classic Yemeni jambiya 


Historians believe the use of Arab kohl dates back the early B.C. years and was worn by both men and women in cultures all across the Middle East and North Africa. Traditionally the ithmid stone, a rock found in the region, is crushed using a mortar into a fine powder and then kept in copper containers. It is applied to the eyes using a “miel,” or a thin copper wand and quickly spread between the lower and upper lid while the eye is closed. 

Besides being a cosmetic product Arab kohl has also been used for centuries to cure ailments like eye infections and hair loss. Those who promote Islamic medicine say Antimony strengthens the optic nerve, helps reduce skin flap growing on the eyelid, mange of the eyelids, relaxes eyestrain, helps detoxify eye moisture and eases congestion in tear ducts. When Ithmid is mixed with honey diluted in water and applied on the edge of the eyelid, it can help reduce headaches. Also that applying it before going to sleep is healthier than using it during the day, especially for women, and it helps the growing of eyelashes, making them thicker and longer.

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Brunei Foreign Student Grants 2015



Grants to study Bachelor's, Master's or PhD in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, provided by the Government of the Sultanate of Brunei to study at one of the following universities: 

- University of Brunei Darussalam
- Sultan Sharif University
- Brunei Institute of Technology


Open to nationals of ASEAN countries and citizens of the OIC Member States (Yemen) and other countries.

-The applicant must be aged: 18-25 to study Bachelor's

- 35-year maximum for graduate applicants

Commence July/Aug 2015

Grant period:-the grant will cover a four-year Bachelor 's, Master 's, one to two three-year PhD degree, three-year higher diploma in Health Sciences at the University of Brunei Darussalam on a full-time basis.

What does the scholarship cover?
-Exemption from tuition and any other fees other mandatory by the University during the period of the study program
-Flight ticket
-Financial allowance determined as follows:
- A monthly allowance of BND500
- Monthly allowance for food of BND150
- An annual allowance of b B$600 for books
- At the end of the study period student is provided with an additional amount for shipping charges of BND250 for ASEAN countries or BND500 for countries outside members states 
* Accommodation will be provided at the campus of the University where the student will receive the bursary, and if the student does not use provided accommodation no additional funds will be given in lieu of accommodation or transport. 
-Outpatient/dental treatment will be complimentary at Brunei government hospitals

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Christmas Shopping?


Here's an idea: buy your christmas gifts from small, locally owned businesses and self-employed people this year and ensure that your money goes to someone who needs it instead of multinational companies. 


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Yemen Catering International & Sanaa Online Joint Exhibition #2 


Exhibition Space


On 31 October 2014 Yemen Catering Internationald and Sanaa Online hosted our second exhibition inour continued support of the arts and crafts of Yemen. Dr Amna Al-Nasiri, a renowned Yemeni artist and YERO (Yemen Education & Relief Organisation) exhibited their work.



Dr Amna Al-Nasiri


Nouria Nagi and the girls from YERO



The best lamb chops in Sana'a


Baskets from YERO


Did You Know?

Yemen, with its wide range of arable climatic zones, has the greatest potential for agricultural development of any nation on the Arabian Peninsula.

The hills and highlands of northwestern Yemen are the most productive farming area. Farmers raise such food grains as wheat, barley, and durra (a sorghum) and a variety of fruits, including apricots, bananas, citrus fruits, grapes, papayas, and pomegranates. People on the Tihamah raise durra and some dates and cotton. Agriculture in southern Yemen is limited to the few areas with underground water for irrigation. Farmers grow three or four crops a year of barley, millet, sesame, sorghum, and wheat. 

Qat is currently the leading cash crop of Yemen.




Socotra Island


By: Adi Geisegger,


Book recommendation: Deadline Yemen by Peggy Hanson

If you're looking for light reading this Agatha Christie-like murder mystery set in pre-9/11 Yemen is highly entertaining. Peggy Hanson is well acquainted with the intrigues of Yemeni social life and the expat subculture, so if you've ever been to Yemen every page turned will elicit a chuckle.




Rock Nation


Tune in to Tayramana FM every night from 8pm to 9pm for the first and only rock show in Yemen, Rock Nation.



And feel free to send your requests for your favourite rock songs to be played on the show .




Bounds/Bonds Exhibition


Bounds/Bonds is a collaboration between Yemeni arti­­st, Tasleem Mulhall, and Israeli artist, Guy Shoham. This exhibition is a celebration of a friendship that not only spans the physical borders of Israel and Yemen but also the spiritual boundaries of art and politics. As individuals their work is focused on the subversion of boundaries.


Shoham’s work celebrates low-value, kitsch artefacts and elevates them to the status of high art. Mulhall’s work comments on the constraints of a traditional society and is a personal, often visceral assertion of the individual.


Tasleem Mulhall is the first British Yemeni female artist to have exhibited abroad. From her base at Redlees Studio, she showcases her work with diverse media including photography, oil painting, sculpture and performance art. Her sculptures range in scale from small clay models to large metal statues. Performance art has proved to be a liberating means of expression. Mulhall also works as a photojournalist and is a high profile campaigner against forced and child marriage.




Did you know?

The most commonly used raptor by Arab Falconers is the endangered Saker Falcon (falco cherrug), with its brown underbelly, gunmetal gray flight feathers and 35-42 cm wingspan. Of the ten species of falcon found in Yemen only this one is on the endangered species list. They are among the largest in their family.





By Dr Amna Al Nasiri








Kindly contact her directly if you are interested in purchasing, they are all for sale. 




Did you know?


Miqaashim (basateen/gardens) in the Old City are as old as the city itself and in the past were owned communally, now they fall under the auspices of the Endowment Ministry. Locals in Old Sana’a take care of these small patches of green and in return, the ministry pays them a small salary.


Sana’a's first mosque was built by order of the Prophet Muhammad in the garden beside the Palace of Ghamdan. The Great Mosque is one of the oldest places of prayer in the Islamic world. The keepers of these gardens are called qashsham/ah. Most of the 46 gardens are attached to nearby mosques as waqf (property of a foundation) and inalienable under Islamic law. By custom, the head qashsham of each mosque-garden is in charge of providing water for ablutions and keeping the ablution block clean.

Qadi Muhammad al-Hajari wrote in his 1942 book Mosques of Sana‘a, the city’s places of prayer “were for the most part lacking in ablution facilities, cisterns and wells. Worshipers would make their ablutions at home, then go to the mosque to perform the appointed prayers.

Then, in the year 933 [AD 1526–1527], during the government of Imam al-Mutawakkil ‘ala ‘llah Sharaf al-Din Yahya,…a plague befell Sana‘a. As a result, much property was left abandoned, for there was no one to inherit it. The Imam therefore—may God have mercy on him—directed that these estates be used for the benefit of the mosques, assigning the property to selected mosques in each quarter of the city. He gave orders for the digging of wells and the construction of cisterns, ablution blocks and associated structures. He also appointed guardians, imams and muezzins for these mosques, together with well-men whose duty it was to draw the water for the ablution blocks. This they would do every day, irrigating their gardens with the spent water and replacing it with fresh supplies for the worshipers. The practice became established and has continued in more recent times, up to the present.”




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People of Yemen: Hagage (A.J.) Masaed


Hagage Masaed (A.J.) is known as the father of Yemeni hip-hop. He created a unique hybrid sound characterized by a combination of rap and traditional instruments such as the mizmar, a very old type of Arabic flute, and fusing Arab folklore music with his own poems. 

In his lyrics, he combats socio-political issues such as injustice, hate and terrorism. In 2009, he participated in the first Yemeni Hip Hop Festival with the songs 'No Terrorists Please' and 'One Yemen United.' He has also played a major role in propagating the understanding of rap as a means of change.

A.J.’s music career started in1993 when he was a victim of a drive-by shooting while working in his family's store in Buffalo NY. He travelled to his homeland Yemen to clear his head. After his marriage to his wife they moved to Oakland, California. That's where he wrote and recorded all his crazy experiences from New York to Yemen. During his remarkable career he met a lot of producers who are still his friends to this day, most notably Roddy Bo. Roddy Bo was the one who helped him put an idea he had had since childhood, putting mizmar in hip hop, into practice. That's how his “Yemen” track which discusses Yemeni traditions, values and superstitions, was born. In 1999, he released his first album 'Nights in Arabia' in Sana'a. To date he has released seven albums.

This humble artist considers himself fortunate to have received invites to the U.K., Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian, Detroit's ethnic festival, the Ramadan show in Richmond, California , Ashkenash's 20 Year Anniversary Show and the Rakkasah show in Richmond, and to have had the honor to perform with international artists such as
Jamaican artist Raskidus, Tunisian artist MC Rai, Somalia artists S.O. Legend, American Idol's runner up Latoya London, and many Yemeni artists, Hussein Mohib, Ibrahim Altaifi and Abdul Rahman Alakhfash to name but a few.

A.J. has appeared on CNN, BBC, ALJAZEERA, had articles written about his work in the Washington post, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Yemen Times, magazines from Holland, Spain, Yemen, and Rolling Stones magazine.




ISPA's Middle East & Northern Africa Fellowship Program will provide four early or mid-career leaders from the performing arts field access to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals. Participants must be from one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria, or Yemen. 
ISPA will accept applications through October 10th, 2014.


More information




UNICEF Yemen: how to help your children to cope with the conflict...

With days of fighting in the capital city, families in the most affected areas have left in droves, but even those in the least affected areas are still unnerved. For children, hearing the sounds of conflict can be unsettling, but even when these disappear, the effects can still remain. 


Active conflict can affect children both physically and psychologically but there are ways that you can help them: 

You may notice differences in your child’s behaviour, such as an increase in anxiety, nightmares, disturbed sleeping patterns, or bed wetting. 

So to help your children to cope, encourage them to practice safe indoor activities that are useful and entertaining such as playing, reading and drawing. These activities help children to feel happy and secure. 

Talk to your children and listen to what their problems are. Encourage them to express their feelings as it helps to release their stress. 

Make sure that your children understand never to approach, touch or play with something they don’t know.

During and after conflict, very dangerous objects are sometimes found on the streets, in damaged or destroyed buildings, or in the fields. These include unexploded ordnance (UXOs), explosive remnants of war (ERWs) and mines. Such objects must not be handled in any way as there is the chance of an accidental detonation or explosion, which might cause permanent injuries or even loss of life. 

Children are usually the primary victims of UXOs /ERWs or mines, so tell your children that they must tell you or another adult about any unknown or suspicious object. Then this must be reported to the nearest police station, or to the Yemen Executive Mine Action Centre (YEMAC). 
The effects of conflict can last long after fighting has subsided, but by educating yourself and your children about these signs to look out for, you can help them to recover quickly.

For more information please contact:

Noor Al-Kasadi, Child Protection Specialist,, +967-712223460
Mohammad Al-Assadi, Communications,, +967-711760002
Mohammed Al-Amrani, Focal Point - Mine Risk Education, +967-711667814

Picture by Kate Rose for UNICEF Yemen.




People of Yemen 


I am a Socotran tour guide. Everybody is aware of Socotra’s conservation and economic problems but a new phenomenon has recently occurred. Foreigners, especially Khaleejis (people from surrounding Gulf countries) are coming to Socotra to buy up all the land under the guise of investing in tourism. 


Socotra was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and there should be laws regulating investment so it benefits the local population. These investors are exploiting the poverty of the island’s residents and purchasing all the prime locations, which means the best tourist locations will no longer be in the hands of its people. 

Me and others like me have tried to bring this to the attention of the authorities but they are too busy with problems on the mainland and right now it’s a minor concern. In addition there is a culture of corruption so the people who can change the situation are reluctant to do so.



The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a and AMIDEAST are pleased to announce a one-year scholarship for secondary school students in Yemen – the prestigious Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program!


As part of the YES Program, participants will:


· Live with an American family


· Improve their English


· Study at a U.S. high school


· Participate in youth leadership activities


· Experience U.S. culture and society first-hand


· Make new friends


· Help Americans learn more about Yemen and Yemeni culture


This scholarship funds all major expenses including airfare, health insurance, spending money, and educational supplies. American host families provide room and meals at no cost to the student. Full program fliers, both in Arabic and English, are attached, along with the preliminary application. The preliminary application must be submitted to AMIDEAST Sana’a or AMIDEAST Aden before 4PM Thursday, October 30, 2014.


Resources are also posted on the AMIDEAST website:





On The Streets of Sana'a






“Disparition” by Yemeni photographer Bushra Almutawakel





Sponsor A Child


A new school year is starting in Yemen but due to the economic situation even less children will be attending school this year. If you are fortunate enough to be able to contribute something to make a change to their lives, please do so via YERO's sponsor-a-child program. 

For $300 a year they will be provided with books, entry to a local school, computer and English classes, uniforms and some medical provisions when needed. 

You + 2 of your friends @ $100 each = making someone's future better. Think about it!





Now at the Basement Cultural Foundation


The art of stone balancing with artist Salah Ahmed



            UNDP Job Openings

Communication & Advocacy Officer for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Capacity Building and Conflict Transformation Local Expert for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Yemen Nationals Only) (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Admin & Finance Associate for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Yemen Nationals Only) (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Capacity Building and Conflict Transformation Local Expert for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Yemen Nationals Only) (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Project Officer for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Nationals of Yemen Only) (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Field Coordinator for Livelihood and Economic Recovery - Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Field Coordinator for Livelihood and Economic Recovery: Strengthening Social Cohesion and Community Resilience (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Project Coordinator for Joint Emergency Capacity Development Support to National NGOs Working in Communities Affected by Conflict (Deadline - 4-September-2014)

Project/Finance Associate (Open to Yemeni Nationals Only) (Deadline - 10-September-2014)




People of Yemen 

Fuad al-Shargabi was born in Taiz and studied at the Faculty of Law at Sana'a University. Later on he travelled to Damascus in Syria to study the composition and distribution of music at the Higher Institute of Music.

Fuad has numerous compositions to his name -- including the soundtracks to multiple Yemeni television drama series, the music for the first Yemeni cartoon Salma, compositions for the Social Fund for Development and various other social institutions such as Health, Water, Family Planning, Illiteracy, Cancer Prevention and Education. In addition he has prepared music for National Theatre and Ministry of Culture plays. He was the founder of first digital art studio in Yemen – Al-Rabie Centre for Musical Production.

He is currently the director of the Yemen Music House which opened in 2007 to preserve Yemeni traditional and folkloric music and to ensure the rights of poets through passing new legislation that provides them adequate protection. The Yemen Music House has completed the documentation of around 45,000 Yemeni songs to date. The organization also documents old Yemeni instruments like the Tarabe which is similar to the Oud.





Amira Al-Sharif Photography





Job Opportunities


Hi everyone,

Just to say that we have two exciting roles with the Saferworld Yemen team at the moment.
1. A short-term consultancy to help us develop an EC proposal on youth
More info here:
We're looking for someone who is available between 10th & 29th September, including available to travel for a meeting in Istanbul on 17th September
Ideally someone with experience of writing successful EC proposals, or peace-building project proposals more generally
A great way to get to know a little more about our programme!
Deadline: 4 September
2. Full-time role with the Yemen team as our Yemen Programme Development Manager
More info here:
We're looking for someone enthusiastic and keen, with a few years experience of peace-building or conflict prevention work under their belt, with a particular interest in project design and M&E.
Knowledge of Yemen/MENA/Arabic would be great but is not required for this role.
Deadline: 14 September

Please do circulate widely 

Kate Nevens





Sanaa International School is now open for registration for its 43rd year



SIS runs an international curriculum in English and is accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the USA.




Your Reasons To Love Yemeni Food #21 Ka'ak


Yemeni ka'ak is a cross between a biscuit and a cookie. It is savory and a little bit sweet. A staple for any special occasion or even afternoon tea, it pairs well with hot tea. There are different versions, including one with corn flour, dates, and whole wheat flour.



Click here for Recipe 



The Yemen Music House


The Yemen Music House is a public association that was established with the aim of collecting and documenting Yemeni songs and recording them. The YMH is also working to collect and save traditional Yemeni musical instruments.


It's one of the few places that provides people with professional musical training in Yemen. Many parents have brought their children to the house to have them learn to play musical instruments. 



Over 500 male and female students have graduated from YMH since 2007


Music lessons include:







Singing and keys


Photography and video (3 weeks) 

Basics of photography 

Basics of video imaging 

Basics of video editing 


Theatre training courses (4 weeks)

Voice training

Theatre motion training


Basics of theatrical decor

Basics of theatre directing




 Private lessons are available.



Asian Food Store


For something different go and check out the Asian Food crew on Mujahid Street. Fresh produce all grown locally in Mabbar includes: lemon grass, bok choi, mini iceberg lettuce, chives, radishes - at reasonable prices. Frozen goods include spring rolls, dumplings and cassava. Also has dried mushrooms, rice noodles, demerera sugar, tamarind, glutinous rice, salted eggs, bamboo shoots and ocassionally tofu.  











People of Yemen


I hear you keep the cleanest street in Sana'a
"Thank you, that is a great compliment."

What motivates you?
"This street is like my soul, if the street is dirty my soul is dirty."

What were you doing before?
"I was in the army."



Female Yemeni Artists!


The British Council is offering 15 female artists fully funded seats in its upcoming Springboard program in Sana'a with an aim to curate an exhibition for artwork created by the attendees. Training dates 1,8, 15 November 2014. 


To register send your expression of interest to Rowaida.





Wadi Hazar (Empty Quarter, Yemen)

Giant dunes appear to be crumbling into pieces, a puzzling phenomenon in the region's Empty Quarter. A change in wind patterns may explain the desert redesign.

Photographer: George Steinmetz 




Recommended Reading


Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later—after a friend at a late-night party in Washington, DC, recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country. She quickly fell in love with Yemen’s people and culture, in addition to finding herself the star of a local TV soap opera.


When antigovernment protests broke out in Yemen, part of the revolts sweeping the Arab world at the time, she contacted the New York Times to see if she could cover the rapidly unfolding events for the newspaper. Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolated—and even more determined to report on what she saw.




Mini Frittatas, an excellent snack idea:

Whisk 7 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk with salt and pepper to taste. Butter a 12 portion muffin pan.

Add your favorite fillings to the bottom of the muffin pan: cheese, bell peppers, mushrooms or tomatoes with meat are some suggestions. Divide the egg mixture to top the fillings. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes in an oven heated to 180 °C until golden and crispy. Allow to cool before removing. 




5 Journalism Opportunities in August 2014



AJ+ offers reporting fellowship. Deadline Aug. 1



Free online course in slideshow storytelling Starts Aug. 4




ICFJ and UN Climate Change Fellowship Deadline Aug. 12



Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowship Deadline Aug. 16



Thomson Foundation hosts journalism competition Deadline Aug. 29




Free service for Yemeni artists! 

If you have any artwork you'd like to sell, please inbox me so we can arrange to place it on the Sanaa Online website. 

Kindly note: 

- This is not a guarantee that someone will purchase your work 

- Interested parties will be requested to contact artists directly 

- Only 4 images per artist allowed which can be rotated 







For world class catering services and international standards
choose Yemen Catering International:





Ramadan Bi Aman Campaign

Proceeding from their corporate social responsibility and commitment to the community, G4S security services Yemen L.L.C launched the “Ramadan Bi Aman” campaign in cooperation with Yemen Red Crescent and Aleena Charity, which distributed food items to poor families this Ramadan.




75 families (657 people in total) in and around Sana'a
were provided with bags of 10 Kgs rice, 10 Kgs sugar, 10 Kgs flour, 2 Kgs milk, 3 kgs dates and 5 liters corn oil.










The al-juri is Yemen's closest cousin to the rose and is one of the best-selling local flowers.




Did you know?


In Yemen musicians are allocated for specific occasions:

The guardian and interpreter of the most formal of the sung poetry is the nashad

The zamil performs at large tribal meetings, the razfah and balah at wedding celebrations, the dan at more intimate social gatherings and the qasidah in any number of situations.

Read more 







Queueing for fuel during Ramadan







Amidst all the problems in Yemen, Yemenis are protesting for Palestine:

F. @Palestinianism 
Anonymous Palestine @PalAnonymous 
The brave people of #Yemen protesting for #Palestine







People of Yemen: Afrah Nasser

Diving into the journalism ocean since 2008 with immersion in the social media world since the Arab Spring, Yemeni blogger and freelance writer, Afrah Nasser has been telling the untold stories about Yemen. Such stories had a high price for Nasser that she had to pay. She is in self-exile in Sweden since May 2011 after receiving death threats for her anti-regime writings.


Photo by Ameen Alghabri Art

Nasser paved her path to journalism after developing a humanitarian consciousness throughout her college years in Sana'a University while perusing a BA degree in English linguistics (2004-2008). She began to contribute to the Yemen Times newspaper (2004-present) and later began working as a social and cultural editor at the Yemen Observer (2009-2011). As the uprising in Yemen erupted in 2011, Nasser realized that objectivity was a bullshit and she proudly wore the activist hat, becoming a diligent blogger, writing with a focus on human rights violations and women's rights in Yemen. She has written for CNN, The National, Al Arabi magazine, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Doha Center for Free Media, Al Akhbar, the European Magazine, the Dissident Blog, among others. She has appeared on France 24, BBC, Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, Swedish Radio, SVT and TV4, commenting on a range issues related to Yemen and MENA region. Nasser also has worked in Sweden as a reporter at the Swedish International Radio 2012, and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, 2013.

Nasser occasionally shares her knowledge and experience -on using social media as an agent for social change- by leading workshops with various institutions, such as; Swedish Institute, Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Olof Palme Center, The National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU) and others. She is also an international public speaker on Yemen's affairs and has contributed to two books, one is 'Now That We Have Tasted Hope: Voices from the Arab Spring', reflecting on poverty in Yemen and the other is (يحدث في الطريق) 'Happening on the Street', sharing her own experience with sexual harassment.

Currently pursuing masters' degree in communication at Gothenburg University in Sweden, she works in parallel with the Yemeni Salon – a non-profit NGO she co-founded in Stockholm in 2012.





People of Yemen


How long have you been taking ballet lessons?
"Six years"

What do you like about it?
"It makes me feel free and it helps that my mother supports me by attending all my lessons"






Did You Know?


The Republic of Yemen is very rich in bird life. If one includes the island of Socotra over 360 species have been recorded. Among these are seventeen species (thirteen on the mainland and four on Socotra) which are found nowhere else in the world except in some cases neighbouring areas of south west Arabia. For these so-called ‘endemics’ Yemen has a special responsibility and because of them, ranks as one of the most important countries in the Middle East for bird conservation.

The endemic Yemen warbler is a rather plain-looking warbler with a large head, short wings and a long tail. Both sexes are sooty-grey to dark brown above, with a darker head, especially around the eye. The iris is distinctively white, contrasting with the dark orbital ring. The dark upperparts are clearly demarcated from the pale underparts, which are white on the throat and buffish on the belly, with a dull apricot patch 
between the legs. Acacias, especially those with a flaky bark, are a good place to look for them.








Apply now for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program!
Deadline: Friday, August 15, 2014
Please complete your application online via the link below


برنامج "الفولبرايت" لتدريس اللغات الأجنبية (FLTA)
آخر موعد للتقديم 15 أغسطس 2014
يتم التقديم عبر الرابط التالي:



Manabu's Kitchen


*Opening hours during RAMADAN*
6:30 pm - 11 pm (10:30 pm STOP SERVING)
June 29 - July 11, 2014

MANABU'S KITCHEN will be closed from July 12 to August 4, 2014 for summer vacation,  reopening at 11:30 am on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.





Ramadan Kareem رمضان كريم






The 2014 Alexia Women's Initiative Grant is currently accepting applications. 


The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2014 Women's Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women anywhere in the world.

The Alexia Foundation's main purpose is to encourage and help photojournalists create stories that drive change. While our traditional grant guidelines put no limits on the subject matter for grant proposals, a number of proposals about women's rights in the last few years have been so powerful that we have been compelled to create a grant specifically on issues relating to women.

Unlike the first Women's Initiative grant, which specifically focused on abuse of women in the United States, this call for entries is open to photographers any where in the world and is intended to permit the photographer to produce a serious documentary photographic project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.



B 100 Ragl


"B 100 Ragl" (Worth 100 Men) an exclusive radio fiction series on the role of women in society produced by the Womanity Foundation is airing throughout the Middle East and North Africa starting July 2014, featuring animating conversations on women's rights in this region.

It enacts typical situations and problems that affect women through the adventures of Noha, a young radio journalist, played by Mona Zaki. Noha challenges prejudice and oppression and becomes a roll model for the whole society.




Bent B 100 Ragl by Nancy Ajram


On air and online buzz:

Radio Nisaa FM in Palestine, 92.7 MEGA FM in Egypt and Radio Almahaba in Iraq aired the fiction between March and May 2014 and plans reruns during Ramadan. Radio Farah Al Naz in Jordan is broadcasting it once a week since April 2014. Radio Yemen Times in Yemen and Radio SouriaLi in Syria will air the 30 episodes during the coming Ramadan. 

The conversations around the issues raised by "Be 100 Ragl" are taking place on Facebook, Twitter and its blog. 

Partners include Oxfam, Soul City, CEWLA, Better Life, the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling and Women's Affair Centre.




UNV launches Youth Volunteering Award in Yemen!


The Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, under the umbrella of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, is launching the “Youth Volunteering Award” competition for young volunteers of Yemeni nationality, aged between 18 and 29 years.

The Youth Volunteering Award is part of a regional competition launched in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco, and Yemen. Three winners from the five countries will be selected.

Contact Information
Ms. Marwa Al-banna, UNV Youth Development Specialist at, +967.712.222.306,





Did you know?


Mint tea (chai nana) relieves digestive discomforts like indigestion and vomiting and mint soothes sore muscles in liniment recipes applied topically. It is also a great diet aid and curbs the appetite!



This is such a refreshing drink that it goes well for morning or evening.






Your Reasons To Love Yemeni Food #17 Sambosa



One of Yemen’s favourite Ramadan snacks is the sambosa. The sambosa originated in the Middle East prior to the 10th century. It was introduced to South Asia (India, Pakistan) during the Muslim Delhi Sultanate when cooks from Middle East and Central Asia migrated to work in the kitchens of the Sultan and the nobility where they are now known as samoosas. 

Sambosas consist of triangular shaped dough with a variety of stuffings- varying from potatoes to meat- which are deep fried.



HOROUF : Bilingual Type Design Competition




29Letters and NUQAT are proud to announce HOROUF, the first bilingual (Arabic and Latin) type design competition to take place at the yearly NUQAT Design Conference in Kuwait. 


Experienced type designers as well as beginners can submit their Arabic and Latin type designs to an experienced and diverse international and regional jury. The winning fonts will be exhibited and will be presented with choice of being published by 29LT digital type foundry.


Call for submission : Deadline 15 July 2014









This year's Martha Gellhorn Prize has been won by Iona Craig. A freelance journalist reporting from Yemen, Iona Craig receives the prize in 2014 for her courageous, insightful and humane reporting from Yemen — journalism exemplifying that of Martha Gellhorn herself. Often alone, and risking her life, Iona has for almost four years given voice to the ordinary people of Yemen, especially the families of the victims of America's 'war on terror'. Her eyewitness investigation of a drone attack on a travelling wedding party, in which 12 people were killed, is truly a 'view from the ground' and rare evidence of the 'unpalatable truth' that Barack Obama's worldwide 'war by drone' is killing the innocent. Her achievement is set against a record number of entries for the Prize, including remarkable journalism from across the English-speaking world.


The Martha Gellhorn Prize is given in honour of one of the 20th century's greatest reporters. It is awarded to a journalist whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth, validated by powerful facts that expose establishment propaganda, or 'official drivel', as Martha Gellhorn called it.


Yemeni Film & Arts Festival 
The first-ever International Yemeni Film & Arts Festival comes to Sana‘a on June 12, 2014! Hosted by the Basement Cultural Foundation, this event will include screenings of selected films by filmmakers from Yemen and around the world, as well as a discussion with featured filmmakers.

People of Yemen 

Kamal Sharaf is a Yemeni caricaturist who began his career in 1996 with a focus on social issues. 

In 2008 during the ongoing war in the northern province of Saada - when government forces fought Houthi rebels and the media was barred from covering the news – Sharaf began creating political cartoons focusing on the situation in the north. He was a board member of the “Binibserkom” (“We are Watching You”).

Sharaf's cartoons about Yemen and other Arab struggles in countries like Palestine were published in newspapers and on websites. He tried to expose three main players in Yemeni politics: those who allege to act in the name of the country, those who allege to speak on behalf of religion and those who allege to act on behalf of their tribe. 

His satire was often aimed at President Saleh and he consequently received e-mails warning him that he would regret it. In 2010 he was forcibly removed from his home and imprisoned for his work. In order to be released, he signed an agreement which stated that he would not poke fun at the president again. However, when the revolution kicked off, he broke his promise when the protests intensified, Kamal resumed mocking president Saleh in his cartoons. He joined a coalition called "The Nation For All", and worked with youth groups. 

Kamal Sharaf continues to take comparatively progressive stands on issues like women's rights and is not afraid to question the direction of the new Yemeni president.

Diet wa Lite is a health food store located in Haddah. Their range of products include: reduced Sodium salt, brown sugar, brown Macaroni, diet and brown rice, light tuna, Canola oil, unsalted nuts, low-fat and fat-free cheese, 100% natural fruit juices, as well as sugar free foods (without aspartame) for diabetics. Other foods for patients with high blood pressure or those on weight loss programmes are available. Recently they started stocking Quinoa, chia seeds, tofu, Gluten free products and Lactose free products.

Whole-wheat grain breads are available, either from the western bakery (Sliced toasting bread, buns, French sticks, etc.) or from the local bakery (Thamol, Qafo'a, etc.).

This Day in History: 22 May

Twenty - four years ago on this day, north and south Yemen were united into a single state - the Republic of Yemen. This replaced the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR) in the north and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY) in the south. 

Ali Abdullah Saleh of the north became Head of State, and Ali Salim al-Beidh became Head of Government. A 30-month transitional period for completing the unification of the two political and economic systems was set. A presidential council was jointly elected by the 26-member Yemen Arab Republic advisory council and the 17-member People's Democratic Republic of Yemen presidium. The presidential council appointed a Prime Minister, who formed a Cabinet. There was also a 301-seat provisional unified parliament, consisting of 159 members from the north, 111 members from the south, and 31 independent members appointed by the chairman of the council.

Summer Schools
Are you looking for a summer school for your kids? Here are some of the schools offering programs. 

Did you know?

Shaiban village (after which the Al Shaibani restaurants, famous for their fish, are named) is surprisingly not located on Yemen’s extensive shoreline, but can actually be found deeper in the middle part of Yemen, on the western outskirts of Taiz.

Women Peacemakers Program

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego in California, is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM). The WPM program is designed for leaders from conflict-affected countries around the world who are transforming conflict and assuring gender-inclusion in post conflict recovery through the defense of human rights and peace building efforts they lead. These are women whose stories and best practices will be shared internationally; they are women who will have a respite from the frontlines work they do.


Four Women PeaceMakers are selected each year to spend two and a half months in residence at the Institute. They will receive a small stipend while having their unique peacemaking stories documented, through both film and narratives that will be available to inspire others around the world. Women PeaceMakers in residence will have the opportunity to engage with the community through a series of public forums and to meet with other activists and leaders involved in human rights, political action and peacemaking efforts. Following the residency, alumnae will be linked through a global and a regional network to project gender-inclusive peacebuilding expertise locally, regionally and internationally.


Four Peace Writers are selected each year to partner with and document the stories of Women PeaceMakers (WPMs) for publication. Writers will each interview one WPM and engage in extensive research to become familiar with the history of her conflict and peacemaking efforts.


Residency dates are September 20 – November 26 for Peace Makers and September 16 – November 26 for Peace Writers.


To Apply click here


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Honey Remedies


In Greek mythology, the king of the gods, Zeus, was fed nectar from queen bees during his childhood. Honey became known as ambrosia, the nectar of the gods. Honey was thought to prolong life and give strength, and was used in many forms including medicines, beauty treatments, alcoholic beverages, candle wax, as a currency, and in sacrifices to the gods.


Honey bees pre-date humans, with fossil evidence dating back as far as 150 million years ago. The earliest records of bee-keeping date back to 7000 B.C. From these early times man has used this natural product to nourish, heal, purify and protect.  Honey is as popular today as it was in the ancient world, and is still held in great esteem due to the way that it is expertly made by the honey bee.



The health benefits of honey

Honey has been used to promote healing for centuries. Ancient civilisations knew about its therapeutic value as well as its sweetening value and probably revered it precisely because it made people feel better. Some of these home remedies include:



As a topical application: Add 2 teaspoon of honey to 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it into affected area

Vinegar drink: Drink a glass of water mixed with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey a day. It dissolves crystal deposits of uric acid that form between the joints.


Bad breath:

Some South Americans gargle with honey and cinnamon powder mix in hot water every morning so that their breaths stay fresh throughout the day.



For lancing: One teaspoon of cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey mixed in a cup of hot water twice a day will bring relief.


Bladder infections: Two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water.


Constipation: Honey is a popular laxative. Drink a cup of warm water or herbal tea mixed with fresh lemon juice and honey every morning on an empty stomach to treat your constipation.



Tickly cough: Two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey with water before dinner or when irritating cough occurs.

Heavy cough: ½ cup apple cider vinegar, ½ cup water, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 4 teaspoons of honey. Take a tablespoon when coughing and one before bed.


Detox and energiser: Honey with hot water and slice of lemon in the morning provides an energy boost that is much better for you than coffee.


Fatigue: To remedy poor quality sleep, honey comes highly recommended as it acts as a sedative to the body. Mix 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 275ml of honey. Take 2 teaspoons of the mixture before retiring. Sleep should be induced in an hour, if not, repeat the dosage.


Hay fever: One teaspoon of honey after every meal for two weeks before the season changes. After that 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of honey dissolved in a glass of water, three times a day.


High blood pressure: First of all, a balance should always be maintained between proteins and carbs in sufferers. The following dosage should be taken: 2 teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water up four times a day.



Toothache: Apply honey to the aching tooth 3 times a day. Better yet, visit your dentist regularly.



Beauty Treatments:

Cleopatra knew a thing or two about beauty. Her fabled baths of milk and honey worked because honey attracts and retains moisture.

Cleopatra moisture mask:

2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons milk mixed and smoothed over the face and left for 10 minutes will feel you leaving like a queen.


Firming face mask:

Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerine and about 2 tablespoons cornflour to form a paste. Smooth over face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


Foaming honey bath:

Mix 225ml almond oil/olive or sesame oil, 175g honey, 100g liquid soap and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Mix until blended and put into a plastic bottle with lid.


Hair conditioner:

Mix 120ml honey and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Work through hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse well.


Hair loss treatment: Apply paste of warm olive oil, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Keep on for 15 minutes before washing.


Hair shine: After shampooing rinse your hair with 1 teaspoon of honey dissolved in 1 litre of water. Do not wash out.


Pimple treatment: Mix 3 teaspoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off in the morning


Weight loss: Combine one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey in a 227ml glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice. Drink one glass before every meal as an appetite suppressant.


Honey has always been associated with longevity. Democritus was a bee-keeper who lived to the great age of 109. Fred Hale, a Maine bee-keeper, died in 2004 aged 113 and was driving up until the age of 107 and shovelling snow at 112. The Roman Emperor Augustus asked a centenarian how he lived to be 100 and he replied “oil without and honey within”.


Source: Honey and its many health benefits by Margaret Briggs


People of Yemen: Nouria Nagi



Ms Nouria Nagi, a British Yemeni national, left London behind in 2003 and travelled to Yemen with great ambitions to help her country of birth. She established the Yemen Education and Relief Organisation in Sana'a (YERO) with the objective of providing education to girls and boys who come from poor families, and children begging and peddling items in the streets. Most of these children live under conditions of extreme poverty and are often forced to work to supplement to their families' income.


Nouria believes that education is the key to a better future. The centre’s main role is to provide these children with school uniforms and educational tools and to monitor their progress. This is accomplished by providing assistance with homework, summer activities and other extra curricular activities, including English, Art and IT courses. The centre also supplies basic necessities such as money for transport to school, clothes and other items the children require for day-to-day living. Last year 11 children were sponsored a university education through Nouria's tireless efforts.


In addition, women are taught crafting skills at the centre to financially support their families.


In 2013 Nouria Nagi was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for "services to charitable work transforming the lives of women and children in Yemen.”

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Aan Korb Arabic Documentary and Film Festival
This autumn, BBC Arabic Service, working in partnership with the British Council, launches a new film and documentary festival for London called ‘AanKorb’ that will concentrate on the very best work that has been created about the Arab world since the uprisings began.

This new festival aims to give film, documentary makers and journalists a platform to share their distinctive journalistic and artistic work with a wider audience. Although there is a developing interest in Arab films, many people in the UK still know little about Arab cinema; the challenges of film making in the region and the personal stories behind the news. We hope this new ‘Aan Korb’ festival will bring them closer to the region and to some of the people telling its stories. They want to show a British audience just how much quality and excellence there is being generated around this subject matter to increase peoples' interest and awareness even more.

There are five different categories for entry. These are feature films, short films, documentaries, investigative and citizen journalism. They're looking for a wide range of subject matter with social, cultural or political angles. BBC Arabic and the British Council want as many different people as possible to apply during this entry period. All entrants must apply via the website below.

BBC Arabic also aims to recognise and encourage the talent of the future in the Arab region. So It has created a new award – the BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award ‐ which is open to young people aged between 18 – 30. Anyone who submits a documentary or journalism entry to the ‘Aan Korb’ festival, who falls within that age bracket, will automatically be considered for this award scheme.

For more information about ‘Aan Korb’ please visit the website



Supporting Yemeni artists:

Yemen Catering International and Sanaa Online Host Exhibition


On 26 April 2014 Yemen Catering International in cooperation with Sanaa Online hosted it's first art exhibition for renowned artist Mazher Nizar. A Yemeni born in India, Mazher studied in Calcutta and returned to Yemen to focus on painting watercolors, land and cityscapes and abstract compositions, mainly of dreamlike women with fragments of the Old City and Sabaeen text incorporated into the background.

His art embodies a mixture of the spirit of the ancient Indian culture and rich visual Yemeni traditions as he draws from both these sources for inspiration. 

We aim to host more exhibitions in the near future to showcase the abundance of talent in Yemen. 


Yemen Webdate is back online!
But now as a blog.
Yemen Webdate is the blog of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS), an online forum to provide up-to-date and useful information for anyone interested in the academic study of Yemen, especially its history and culture.

Fulbright Scholarships
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce applications are being accepted for master’s degree studies in the United States under the Fulbright program for grants beginning August 2015.
Eligible candidates will have:
• A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (four- or five-year degree) from an accredited institution awarded at least one year prior to application;
• Demonstrated ability to undertake advanced studies, with a B.A. or B.S. grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.20 of 4.00 scale;
• Strong English language skills; and
• Preferred: At least one year of paid or voluntary work experience (minimum of two years for applicants to masters of business administration programs only).
Please share this information with any individuals you feel may be interested and/or qualified. Application deadline is 4 P.M. Thursday, June 5, 2014.  
More information, including application details, is available in the attachment as well as on the AMIDEAST website:


People of Yemen: Dr Raufa Hassan 

Dr. Raufa Hassan was an academic professor, writer, and a famous Yemeni journalist who was mourned by all of Yemen  when she succumbed to an illness in a Cairo hospital in April 2011. During her 53 years, Dr. Raufa was a vociferous crusader for freedom, democracy and women’s rights, causing her to get expelled from Sana'a University after which she had to complete her studies abroad. She obtained her PhD in Communications in Paris and returned to Yemen to found the Media College at Sana'a University and the First Centre of Women's Studies. She devoted herself to efforts that supported Yemeni academic life, in particular, media, female empowerment, and the advancement of civil society.

"If I was given the ability to chose in which time in Yemen I would like to live in, I’ll truly chose to live during Dr. Raufa Hassan’s generation; because I really wanted to accompany her in her inspiring path and work with her on the educational, developmental and cultural projects she has done for Yemen. However, when I think of her works, I know for sure that she paved the road for me and so many other youth in Yemen. Even though she left our world at very early time, her legacy is immortal."
- Afrah Nasser



The Basement Culture Centre

The Basement Culture Centre opened in 2009 to give the youth a place to express themselves with the support of the Ministry Of Culture. 

The venue is rented out for cinema, music, art exhibitions, workshops and impromptu music gatherings. It also contains a library with books in various languages and hosts a weekly book club.




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Have a great day!



Your Reasons to Love Yemeni Food #11 Hawaij

Hawaij is the name of the Yemeni spice mix which is used in a lot of popular dishes. The basic ingredients include cumin, black pepper, turmeric and cardamom. The Adeni version is made of cumin, black pepper, cardamom and coriander. It is used as a rub for grilled meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. It is also sprinkled into broths, stews, sauces, and added to rice for a bit of flavour. 

Click here to make it yourself 






Humans of Yemen 


"We are on a date"

"خاورة تصطبح خارج، قلنا نعزمها"



Photo by Thana Faroq



Bayna Entre



Pieces featured at the opening of Nasser Al Aswadi's exhibition Bayna Entre on 6 April 2014 sold out in the first half hour. This event was hosted at the Instutit du Francais Yemen.


Al Aswadi portrays a combination of letters, words and shapes in a very personal manner and his stunning twist and swirl of Arabic script has led him to creating a style of his own that reflects his background and culture.

"Writing is at the heart of my work, and my purpose is to transcend mere terminology and proceed into the realm of signs, of a visual language."



The exhibition is open to the public until 8 May 2014.




Gnocchi, connecting people


Gnocchi are thick, soft dumplings that are made from potatoes, flour/semolina and eggs, with various types of sauces ranging from simple oil or butter to tomatoes, cream, pesto, or ricotta. 

Some gnocchi are made with additional ingredients in the dough such as the popular "green ones" made with spinach. 


So, where you may ask, does one find gnocchi in Sana'a? Follow this recipe. 



2 willing Italians (gnocchi-making lineage)



1 plastic gnocchi-making device



Proceed to fashion tiny little gnocchi


Add the sauce after a quick boil



And enjoy.

Buon Appetito!




Your Reasons to Love Yemeni Food #10

Honeycomb bread (khaliat al nahl) is a popular Arabic bread usually filled with cheese and a sugar syrup. It can also be filled with savory treats.




Places to Go, Things to See


Inaugurated in 2008 the Al Saleh Mosque is the largest Islamic building in Yemen, reputed to have cost $60 million. At the time of construction and opening, it was criticized for being too expensive in relation to Yemen's general impoverishment.



The mosque has become one of the defining features of the city's landscape. The main hall can accomodate up to 13,000 worshippers with an additional 31,000 worshippers outside. A large women's prayer hall located upstairs. 


Brand New Features!


Contributor's page - send us your articles/opinions and have them published


Comment system - leave your comments and they will be added (inappropriate content will be filtered)




BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival


Aan Korb is a new film and documentary festival in London, presented by BBC Arabic in partnership with the British Council.


The festival will screen the very best work across feature and short films, documentaries and investigative and citizen journalism, that has been created about the Arab world since the start of the uprisings in December 2010.


Taking place in the fantastic surroundings of the iconic Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, the festival will be packed for four days with screenings, talks, debates and workshops.




Fly to Istanbul from Yemen (return) until 16 April for only YR50 000 with Turkish Airlines!





Calling All Artists


The British Council would like to commission some local artwork from up and coming artists for its Sana'a office.


If you are an artist, please send a sample of your work and estimated cost  by Sunday 23 March 2014


Please send to




Zoom Film Contest 2014



Experience the journey of the 5 filmmakers who went on to take Zoom Film Training in February 2014, sponsored by the British Council, with us.






Did you know? 


The Hoopoe goes down in legend as the messenger who made King Solomon aware of the Queen of Sheba (Bilqis).

After disappearing for days he returned to tell the king that he had discovered a land governed by a queen, the Queen of Sheba, a good land, with trees and gardens watered by the rivers issuing forth from the Garden of Eden, and where there was plenty of gold and silver. That the citizens of that country made no warlike gestures, and wore crowns upon their heads.

At hearing this, King Solomon commanded his scribes to write an epistle summoning the Queen of Sheba, which should then be bound to the wing of the bird, and the bird sent back on his journey into the land of Sheba.



Holy Quran reader in the Great Mosque

by Essam Al Sulaihi


Real men speak for those who cannot speak for themselves


Johnathan Rys Meyers support the Dolls for Childbrides Project in Yemen


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All application material should be sent directly to Edge of Arabia by email: Closing date for submissions is April 1, 2014. The recipient(s) will be notified in early April 2014.

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Qamariya are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The word qamariya is derived from qamar (moon) and is said to stimulate the senses by letting light reminiscent of the moon’s beauty into the house while still retaining an opacity that prevents strangers from seeing inside. 


At first glance the captivating stained glass windows which so perfectly compliment Yemen's unique gingerbread architecture may appear to look the same but are as varied as snowflakes. Each of these beautiful windows are individually crafted according to the instructions of the purchaser or the imagination of the crafter. 

The first qamariya were made by Yemeni Jews, who had a tradition of fine wood carving. Their homes had intricately carved windows fitted with panes of coloured glass. Today craftsmen still follow the same pattern of creating qamariya as they did hundreds of years ago.

It takes a craftsman two days to complete a qamariya. The first step is to pour gypsum in a wooden mold to give it its geometric shape. It is then allowed to partially dry before designs are cut into the plaster. Then it is polished with sandpaper after which it is removed from the mold and placed in the sun to dry completely. The next day coloured glass is cut to match the shape of the plaster. Some more plaster is poured over the back of the qamariya to secure the glass and excess plaster scraped off. 
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Check out Mafraj Radio!

Mafraj Radio covers contemporary political, social, and cultural affairs in Yemen and the Yemeni diaspora from a range of sources and perspectives. The aim of this podcast is to make Yemen accessible to casual listeners who don’t necessarily have a background in Yemen or Middle East studies, while still providing a level of depth and context that one can’t get from mainstream media coverage of Yemen.



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People of Yemen: *Hanan's* Story


Hanan’s father married her off for the first time at the age of eight in an exchange marriage agreement. Her elder brother wanted to get married but did not have money for the dowry, so she was married to the brother of his bride-to-be.


Her eighteen-year-old husband was her second cousin on her father's side. She wasn't afraid to get married because she didn't understand the implications of such a commitment. Her husband treated her like a child and even tried to buy her toys but he was reprimanded by his family members and neighbors. They said that she should learn how to be a wife. She was forbidden to play outside in the streets as she longed to do. 

One of the major problems with exchange marriages is that if one marriage suffers, the other one suffers too. When the other couple experienced problems in their marriage, her husband took it out on her. After a week she returned to her parent’s home. 

At fourteen, Hanan was married off again, this time to a fifty-eight-year-old man, as she was considered a divorcee. Her mother informed her about him when she returned home from school one day. With a heart with filled with fear she accepted her fate. At such a tender age she was not equipped to become a mother and could not take care of her newborn without her mother and her sisters’ assistance. Her new husband never gave her money and there were times when she ate so little that she suffered from malnutrition. Often she was forced to borrow money from family and friends to feed herself and her kids. 

They hardly ever communicated but he made it very clear that she was forbidden to return to school or complete her studies. After suffering a nervous breakdown when her husband took her three children away from her during their divorce, her sister suggested that she enroll at YERO (Yemeni Education and Relief Organization) which she did against her parent’s wishes. She managed to complete her high school education and obtained an art diploma.

“I received unwavering support from Ms. Nouria, the founder of YERO. She is like a mother to me. So many times when I was exhausted, crying and on the verge of giving up, she encouraged me to persevere.” 


Today, Hanan is a 24-year- old first year student at Queen Arwa University, majoring in Trade in the Department of Financial and Banking Sciences. All her expenses are being paid by Nouria through YERO. She sells paintings to be able to pay for transportation, books and food. Her dream is to find employment after completing her studies so she can afford a home for her and her children. 


“My first and second marriage in both cases were a big mistake, one was not better than the other. I do not want anyone to suffer like I did or endure such an experience. I want the government to pay attention to these child bride cases. I hope to create awareness in the community about these issues as it affects a young girl’s entire life when she is a divorcee, or has children too early without knowing how to take care of them. Once a woman has been married the community rejects her and treats her badly. I want all girls to learn from my experience, and to empower themselves. It’s never too late….”


Support YERO and help people like *Hanan* achieve their dreams.

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What Do Yemenis Want?


Once again Yemenis of all ages, social backgrounds and genders expressed their enthusiasm and unconditional love for their country by making the United Nations “My World" global survey a resounding success.

To date 121 000 people have voted for their top development goals compared to 247 000 in India with 5 times Yemen’s population. In Egypt only 3315 votes were garnered, and in Saudi Arabia a mere 1600. 

17, 000 of Yemen's votes were collected offline across all governorates, including Socotra, by volunteers. People were also encouraged to call in by dialing 2015 on Y Mobile network for free. This service has now been extended across all networks. 

So, WHAT DO YEMENIS WANT? A good education is the top development priority followed by better job opportunities. The third most pressing development priority, as seen by voters, is a responsive government. 



Dr Mohammed Al Hawri, Deputy Minister for Economic projections, research and Studies at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation emphasized the importance of the campaign in the development of goals that reflect the priorities and actual needs of the Yemeni people. 


For the launch of the second phase of the “Let the world know what you want” campaign at the Movenpick hotel, filmmakers were encouraged to submit short films with a focus on Human Rights issues in Yemen. Mr Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Resident Coordinator, presented the first prize for a film highlighting the issue of sexual harassment. In second place was a film about Forced Detainment and in third place a documentary examining the plight of Marginilized People in Yemen.

Vote now and become part of the change you want to see.



Screening of Academy Nominated Film Karama Has No Walls

You are cordially invited to a public film screening and discussion this Wednesday, 19 February 2014 at the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS). 




Director Sara Ishaq will screen her film Karama Has No Walls (Leysat Lil-Karama Jidran) which was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Short Documentary—the first-ever Oscar nomination for a Yemeni film. The screening will be followed by discussion with Ms. Ishaq.

The presentation will take place in the AIYS building off Tawfiq St. in the Al-Qaa' neighborhood. The event will begin promptly at 17.00. All are invited.

If you need specific directions to AIYS's location, please call 278 816 or 735 608 627. We urge first-time visitors to call for directions, as the location is off the main street.
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Arabic Photography Course



Essam Al-Sulaihi is offering a photography course in Arabic sponsored by the Taha Trading company this coming Thursday 20/2/2014 and Friday 21/2/2014.

Photography basics will be covered such as how to handle your camera, different settings and their effects on the image in terms of light and depth of a field-shutter speed-sensitive camera, ISO-explanation of White Balance and tips on how to develop your photography skills. Course material includes a flash disk of 37 course books in PDF format. Cost of the course is YR5000 per person: to be made at Taha Anam on Haddah Street, across Moka Sweets (just after Mujahed turn off).




Did You Know?



The Socotra Grosbeak or Rhynchostruthus socotranus is Yemen's national bird. It is a very attractive gold-winged finch found only on Socotra and in the mountains of southern Arabia.


Your Reasons to Love Yemeni food: Salta


Salta is one of Yemen's signature dishes and consists of a stew of meat and vegetables covered in a froth of fenugreek, served in a sizzling cast iron pot. Salta is popular in Yemen because it pairs so well with qat. It is eaten by dipping delicious flaky bread into your bowl and scooping out a mouthful to enjoy.



Qat, as the legend goes, is best appreciated when the body is warm. Reflecting ancient Greek medical knowledge, qat wants all the humors to be in sync. Thus the body should be heated up for chewing.


The foam and its gooey texture are achieved by soaking ground-up fenugreek seeds in water, decanting the excess fluid, and then whipping up the swollen grounds. The resultant emulsion is called helba, and it may be supplemented with zhug, a of fresh green chilli and tomato salsa.  Sana'a,Shopping, Accommodation, Hotels, Schools, Mosques, History, Aden, Socotra, Restaurants, Things To Do, Where to Go, Visas, Holidays, Government, Yemenia, Yemeniah, Tickets, Travel, Hiking, Beit Baws, Beit Bouss, Old City, Music, Dancing, Culture, Arabia Felix, Arabia, Middle East, Haraam,Halal, Art, Diving, Kamaran Island   


How To: Order Online 


Ghassan Alharazi runs an online ordering business and can order anything from a site and have it delivered to Sana'a in 2-3 weeks for a nominal fee. He speaks perfect English. 

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Which of the following are the most important for you and your family?


An honest and responsive government

Affordable and nutritious food

Protection against crime and violence

Access to clean water and sanitation

A good education

Support for people who can't work

Better transport and roads

Equality between men and women

Freedom from discrimination and persecution

Action taken on climate change

Reliable energy at home

Political freedoms

Better job opportunities

Phone and internet access

Protecting forests, rivers and oceans

Better healthcare



Vote anonymously by calling 2015 (free for Y subscribers) or 701 00 2015 for other networks (with charges). From the 19th of February the number will be 2015 and free across all networks


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Celebrating the year of the horse


Yemen born Tasleem Mulhall reveals her horseshoe sculpture in London to celebrate the year of the horse. 


Tasleem was born in Aden, Yemen, and resides in the UK. She is a freelance photojournalist, photographer, sculptor and painter and also an ardent campaigner against child marriage. Sana'a, Shopping, Accommodation, Hotels, Schools, Mosques, History, Aden, Socotra, Restaurants, Things To Do, Where to Go, Visas, Holidays, Government, Yemenia, Yemeniah, Tickets, Travel, Hiking, Beit Baws, Beit Bouss, Old City, Music, Dancing, Culture, Arabia Felix, Arabia, Middle East, Haraam,alal, Art, Diving, Kamaran Island  


Finding A House


If your accommodation isn't preallocated, you or your partner's organization is bound to know of a house hunter. Before reading the below suggestions remember, it is important to know how far away you are from a mosque or a school in Sana'a. 



House Hunters: will take between half and a month's worth of rent as their finder's fee. Agree on this upfront.


Keep Asking: often you can be shown the worst properties first, if you keep asking more and more come out of the woodwork.


Rent: is always negotiable. Foreigners will automatically be charged more, can be useful to take a Yemeni friend/colleague with you to help bargain.


Deposit: if there is a deposit, it's a good idea to pay it as soon as you have agreed to take the property, even if you don't move in for a while, so the house doesn't go to someone else.


Improvements/Renovations: get the landlord to complete these before you move in and/or start paying rent, or they might not get done.


Rent in Advance: if you are sure of your plans, paying e.g.  three to six months in advance can be a good bargaining tool.


Contracts: if you dont speak Arabic, it's always worth asking for a contract in English. If not, have it translated and ask to sign the English copy too. If you are staying for a while, ask for a clause capping rent increases to avoid wild increases.


Bills: if there's a dramatic increases in a bill, check it out. One guy discovered a whole arcade of shops had hooked into his electricity supply.


Moving Out: its normally written into the contract that you will leave the property in the same condition as you found it. This is taken very literally and you will be expected to repaint it alternatively, agree on a fee for this with yourland lord.


Specific considerations for an individual property:


Electricity: ensure that you have your own meter (to avoid paying for other people's electricity). Is the electricity on/working? (this should be the landlord's responsiblity). Find out whether there are hidden charges e.g. in an apartment block paying a share of the lift's electricity.


Water: Is the house on the mains water? (some areas still rely totally on water trucks) If in an apartment block, do you have your own water tank? Does the water pressure rely on gravity, or is it pump assisted? What happens if you need a water truck? Who pays for it?


Telephone: Is a line already installed? If not, who will pay for this?


Internet: Is there internet at the property? Dial up or ADSL?


Bills: Who pays or delivers the utillity bills? Sometimes the landlord, or his fixer, will pay the bills directly and bills to you either for payment direct, or payment through him. Ask for receipts.


Rent: When is it due? Who will you pay it to?


Repairs: Who is responsible for paying for repairs?


Cleaning: Are there charges for cleaning e.g. the hall (in an apartment block). How much is this, and how frequently?


Appliances: Does the property have water heaters? Fridge, oven, generator (unusual to find this). If there's a generator, who maintains it?


Moving Truck:


What will it cost for the truck’s use? What will it cost for the workers? There are places around town where workers/trucks hang out looking for work. If possible, take a Yemeni person with you if you are new to Yemen and can’t speak Arabic very well. The price for a truck should generally be around 1500 riyals and somewhere around that for the workers, depending upon how many you have. Be aware as they might try to increase the price after work has started.


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Ballet Lessons for Kids


Ukranian-born Irina has been teaching Sana'anis the love of dance for more than a decade. She offers ballet and jazz dancing to girls below 15 and belly dancing lessons for adults at her studio.




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New Health Food Shop


If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or simply enjoy eating healthy, we have great news!


Diet Wa Lite, a new health shop, has opened its doors in Haddah Medina. They stock Canola oil, gluten free pasta, diabetic rice and sugar-free Belgian chocolates among other things.





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People of Yemen: Dr Abdel Aziz al Maqaleh


 Abdel Aziz al Maqaleh, Yemen’s best known poet, was born in 1937 in Yemen. During the last three decades, al Maqaleh has been widely recognized inside Sanaa as leader of the city’s top cultural arts and literary circles. He has many poetry collections, among which are Ma'rib Tatakalam, 1972 (Ma'rib Speaks), Abbjadiyyat al Ruh, 1998 (the Alphabet of the Soul) and Kitab Sana'a, 2000 (The Book of Sana 'a). He has published a number of literary studies such as Qira'a fi Adab at Yemen (A Reading of Yemenite Literature) and Azmat al Qasida at Arabiyya (The Crisis of the Arabic Poem).



From the Book of Sana'a:

The spirit of this city floats
On the water of years
Do not wake her
Let her moan while her children drown
Do not light her pale alleys,
For the streets are still wet
With the sweet blood of martyrs
Who died for their homeland,
And turned the pages of life too soon

Let her sleep to forget
Let her sleep to remember 
do not scratch with words 
The tomb she has erected for her grief
Above it moan corpses 
Below it they are lost.


Translated from the Arabic by Huda Fakhreddine 



The Oldest Musical Instrument in Yemen


The metre-long al-khallool may look like a cudgel or a walking stick, but it's actually a flute. It is played in the Tihama area and has probably changed little during the last 500 years. There are only two holes - at the far end of the instrument. 



Unfortunately, no one knows where the instrument originated. This instrument was used by the farmers and the Tihama people in their festivals, celebrations and entertainments. It has been in use even long before the Turkish conquest. 





People of Yemen: Thana Faroq



"Yemen is not the image in your head, on television or in magazines, all about poverty corruption, terrorism, and people killing each other. This is not Yemen. There is life here. There’s beautiful life going on. Yes, there’s oppression, but there are brave women who are achieving something new every day."


-Thana Faroq





Thana Faroq is a 23-year-old, Boston-educated Yemeni photographer, out to prove that her country’s streets have more depth than poverty and protests. Recently returned from university in the United States, Thana has brought her camera and her passion for street photography back to Yemen with her.


Dominant global discourse holds that Yemeni life pulses with militant attacks and foreign drone strikes. Thana says she wants to showcase the humor, beauty, and simplicity of small moments on Yemen’s streets.


Full article by Erin Kilbride 




The National Dish: Fahsa


Fahsa, Yemen's national dish, is mainly a stew consisting of lamb cutlets topped with helba (fenugreek).  The pieces of meat are small and there are not any noticeable vegetables.  It is also traditionally eaten with Yemeni bread, which serves as a utensil to scoop up the food.






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People of Yemen: Khadija al-Salami



 Khadija al-Salami is an award-winning documentary film maker and Yemen’s first female film director, having made some 20 documentaries for various TV stations in France and Yemen. She co-authored a book with her husband, The Tears of Sheba, an emotional account of her experiences growing up in Yemen. She currently serves as the Press Counselor and Director of the Communication and Cultural Center at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.


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 At an early age, al-Salami was sent to live with relatives after her mother divorced her father due to severe domestic abuse.  She was forced by her uncle to marry a 20-year-old man when she was only 11. Some weeks later, after much protest and disobedience, her husband returned her to her uncle, who immediately disowned her and returned her to her single mother. She escaped the immense family and societal pressure by finding employment with the local television station and simultaneously attending school in the mornings.


 At the age of 16, Khadija received a scholarship to finish secondary school in the United States. Subsequently, she enrolled at the Mount Vernon College for Women, in Washington D.C. After a period in Yemen and Paris, she returned to Washington to earn her Master's degree in communications at the American university. For her thesis, she produced her first film.


Last year she produced Al Sarkha (The Scream) where she documented women’s active participation in the 2011 uprising. As it nears its end, “The Scream” portrays the disappointment of women as they realize that the uprising has failed to improve their status within Yemeni society.


Khadija  is currently working on a new film that tells the stories of girls who have been forced to marry older men, an ancient traditional practice in Yemen. 





Things To Do: Rock Climbing



Mountain climbing and hiking available within Sana'a city limits. Yemen Adventure Club caters for people who are climbing for the first time as well as experienced climbers. Equipment is provided. 





Yemen Adventure Club

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Yemeni Artists Open call




Yemenis artists of all mediums are invited to submit their portfolios to be considered for an upcoming group exhibition to be hosted at the National Museum in Sana’a and for travel to Europe and other countries in the region.




Photographers, painters, filmmakers, installation, performance and mixed media artists are welcome to send their portfolios to be reviewed.




If accepted the curators will contact the artists to discuss details.




The closing date for submissions is 19 January 2014. E-mail submissions to




Yemeni Film Shorlisted for Academy Award! 


Karama Has No Walls: The first Yemeni film to be shortlisted for an Academy Award. Stay tuned for The Oscars 2014 nomination announcement on JANUARY 16th 2014 and keep them in your prayers!! 

Meet the All-Yemeni crew: (left to right) DoP Ameen AlGhabri, Dir. Sara Ishaq & 1st AD Abdurahman Hussain 

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Our Must-See: The Gift Maker


A bomb-maker falls in love with woman he sees from his basement. A poignant portrayal of love and sacrifice. 



Ziryab Al-Ghabri's production took first place in the Zoom British Council competition for aspiring filmmakers in 2010.








British Council Article & film