Once the corrupt government of President Saleh vanishes, Hadhramaut’s tourism will pick up. These are the upcoming markets and we really want to tap into and benefit from their growth. Hadhramaut has the largest number of UN cultural and heritage sites in the Arabian Peninsula. Hidden treasure in Hadhramaut are many.
Previously, we read about the ancient city of Shibam and it’s skyscrapers. Today, let us read about the ancient city of Al-Hajrain.
Al-Hajrein is one of the oldest villages of Wadi Hadramaut, where the ruins of the ancient state of the people of Aad can be observed on the peak of a mountain that looks down on this village. Al-Hajrein is an important archeological village located in Wadi Hadramaut.
Roughly 100 years before the Islamic calendar began, the town of Al-Hajrein was in its glory as the center of the state of Kinda. Kinda is famous for being the home of the famous 6th century poet Imru’ Al-Qais, who was the last king of this tribe.
Al-Hajrein is known as one of the most heavily fortified regions in Hadramaut. On top of its mountain, one can easily keep watch for the arrival of invaders from every direction.
The results of a Yemeni-Russian expedition that carried out excavations in this area confirm that Al-Hajrein is an archeological city comprising a lot of traces of ancient civilization. Some remains in caves located there are proof that the Aad people once dwelled this area. The story of these people was mentioned in the Holy Quran, as they used these caves as their shelters and homes.
The UNESCO Director General Matsura visited Al-Hajrain City in Hadramout Valley with the aim of announcing this city as a protected area. The Yemeni government declared that Al-Hajrain City is a cultural and historic protected area at the national level.
Matsura agreed with the Yemeni government to send a UNESCO technical team to evaluate and view the city and its distinctive human heritage in order to set the necessary requirements for announcing the city as a world human protected area.
The UNESCO Director General received a copy of a study conducted by Hadramout University on the main components necessary for announcing Al-Hajrain City as a world human and historic protected area. The study contained many photographic shots of the city.