Tarim Travel Guide

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    View of Tarim from a palace
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  • People selling and chewing Qat in Tarim
    People selling and chewing Qat in Tarim
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Tarim Things to Do

  • Visit the 30 palaces

    Or visit at least the most remarkable palaces. Do not miss Al Kaf Palace. You have to pay a small fee and is worht the visit. Some of them shelter pretty furniture.

  • Masjid al-Jami

    The usual Friday great mosque for Tarim. Behind this mossque is the worl renowed al-ahgaf manuscript Library.

  • Tarimi Palaces

    Tarim is famous for its innumerable palaces - a collection of approximately thirty mansions constructed between the 1870s and 1930s. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Hadhramaut’s merchant families grew rich from trade and investments abroad. The al-Kaf family was considered the most influential. Many members of the family were...

  • Al-Kafs Palace

    Al-Kafs Palace is Tarim's most flamboyan, apparently using a book of different architectural styles as a templatre, kind of project. It was beautiful in old days, havinf the mirror ceiling, decor pillars inside the palace. Going up to the 3rd level and get a spendid view of the city of Tarim.Admission YR150 (May 2008).

  • Al-Muhdar mosque

    Tarim’s famous al-Muhdar mosque is crowned by a 53 metres (175 ft) high, and recognized to be one of the tallest earth structures in the world. The minaret was designed by the local poets Abu Bakr bin Shihab and Alawi Al Mash’hûr. Completed in 1914, the al-Muhdar mosque is named in honor of Omar Al-Muhdar, a Muslim leader who resided in the city...

  • Al-Ahgaf Manuscript Library

    Tarim also features the massive al-Kaf Library which is attached to the Al-Jame’a Mosque and houses more than 5,000 manuscripts from the region covering, religion, the thoughts of the Prophets, Islamic law, Sufism, medicine, astronomy, agriculture, biographies, history, mathematics, philosophy, logic, and the eight-volumes of Abû Muhammad al-Hasan...

  • Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

    Many of the old Palaces had beautiful Stained Glass Windows which, although not that old, are made more fabulous as the glass is incorporated into the building style of the area and compliments the carved lattice woodwork. Mostly the glass is cut into large pieces and the lattice work forms the design, with only a few different glass colours used -...

  • Al-Ahgaf Manuscript library

    Al-Ahgaf Manuscript library is located in the side street just behind the Al Mahdar mosque.The library has thousands of old and rare books and manuscripts on religion, medicine, law, astronomy and science. Many of the manuscripts are very brightly illustrated. It is well laid out, although all the signs are in Arabic and it is surprisingly modern...

  • Al Mahdar Mosque

    Tarim has an important religious history and was a sunni centre of learning in the 17th to 19th centuries - there are 365 mosques in Tarim. Al Mahdar mosque has a minaret 62m high and the original mosque dates from the 10th century. The mosque has been rebuilt in 1915 and beautifully restored. It is incredible to think it is made from mud brick...

  • The Ruined Palaces

    The Al Khaf Family Palace is typical of the ruined palaces of Tarim, which are built of mud brick and therefore crumbling badly and in need of restoration.Most were built between 1900 and 1940, by wealthy families who left for Saudi Arabia in the early 1960’s. They have a very classical influence much more like traditional palaces with plenty of...

  • Al Ahqaf Library

    Tarim has been an important center of learning for a long time. The Al Ahqaf library was established in 1972 by gathering together a number of private libraries.The library contains some 6200 manuscripts, mostly dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and is primarily a working library for scholastic research. But a few of the 'stars'...

  • Al Adhar mosque

    The minaret of this mosque is one of the tourist icons of Yemen. At fifty-odd metres high, it has a claim to be the tallest mud building in the world: it's rival for this distinction is the Great Mosque of Djemme in Mali. (precise figures are hard to find: I am researching this)It is also remarkable stylistically. Rococco is the word that springs...


Tarim Transportation

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    by TheLongTone Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Tarim is best reached from Sayun by collective taxi. These depart from a stand just beyond the small park in the centre of Sayun. The journey takes about forty minutes and cost 100 rials.

    The taxis drop you a few hundred metres from the centre of Tarim. As is often the case, the taxi stand is next to a cluster of pleasantly shady tea stalls, so while you wait for the taxi (probably an ancient Peugeuot estate seating at least nine passengers) to fill up you can sit and have a -probably necessary- drink.

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  • The ne plus ultra of impractical...

    If you're looking for something that will be completely impossible to get into your suitcase, why not go for a readymade sheet-metal minaret? Available in a variety of styles: an example of the almost febrile eclecticism of the architecture of the Hadramawt.

  • Shopping in town

    Gotta love the souqs in Arabia. I never seem to get enough of the colors and the smells...sounds like an acid trip right....Places like this would make Jerry Garcia trip in his grave.I'd liked the souq in tarim because it was not crowed and people were not falling over themselves to sell you things. I would not buy the fish here. It's a little too...

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Tarim Off The Beaten Path

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    by janiebaxter Written Mar 13, 2008

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    Ahmad bin Isa al-Muhajir was a sufi prophet from Basra who died around 800AD and influenced the religion of the area.
    His tomb lies at the foot of a mountain, about 10km from Tarim towards Seiyun. A holy woman is also buried here.
    Non-muslims are not allowed in so you have to look at it through the wire fence.

    Tomb of Ahmad bin Isa al-Muhajir
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