Shibam, another UNESCO Word Heritage Site in Yemen is famous for its tall mud houses which are based on the vertical space concept long before modern society saw it as an option. these mud houses rise anywhere upto 30 metres, some being even higher than that. Yemen still has several tribes which exert immense influence in the politics of the country. These houses, built approximately 1600 - 1700 years ago were constructed for the purpose of protection from the Bedouin Tribes in the are.
Weathered by the forces of nature, the walls of several buildings have been re-done by applying more layers of mud to keep the elements at bay.
Dating back to the 2nd century A.D, this little town is a UNESCO World heritage site. Also, called as the "Manhattan of the desert", Shibam is known for its town planning that dates back to centuries and mud houses that stand tall as skyscrapers even today. The timeless charm of Shibam coupled with its urban life has made it one of the World's wonders (listed by BBC). Adorned with 500 mud towers built in around 16th century, Shibam is an excellent way to peek into the culture of the past era.