This city is more than two thousand years old, but the form which is known all over the world, was founded about five centuries ago. The architecture of the city was included in the program of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1982.
For a long time, this town with a population of less than 14 000 people was the capital of the ancient South Arabian state Hadramawt, which now is considered a historical region and province in Yemen. The city has about five hundred high-rise buildings from five to eleven floors. Each floor of the house is for a single family. The original purpose of building such a city was to protect from Bedouin attacks. In our days the main problem of the city is the termite attacks. Sure thing, the houses were reconstructed several times, and between many of them have been made connecting bridges. For today, here are the highest mud houses in the world, which reach 30 meters heights.