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Introducing Tarim

Situated 35km northeast of Sayun, the ramshackle town of Tarim has served as the seat of kings since ancient times, and was Wadi Hadramawt’s capital before Sayun. It used to be famous as a centre of Islamic learning, as testified to by its library, and at one time had a mosque for every day of the year. During the past century many of the people of Tarim have set off to seek their fortunes abroad, and those who have succeeded have often returned to build sumptuous ‘palaces’ in and around the city.

Today it feels as if Tarim’s day is done – a few more years and it will have melted back into the desert dust from which it sprung.