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Mukalla
Arabic: 'al-mukallā





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Mukalla, Yemen.
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Mukalla, Yemen.

Mukalla, Yemen.
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City in Yemen with about 190,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated on the coast of the Gulf of Aden.
Mukalla is the largest city of the eastern region of Hadramawt, and the most important sea port for this region. However, the monsoon from June to September makes the port difficult to use — during that period the port of Burum 30 km southwest is used instead.
The economy of Mukalla is based upon fishing industry, fish-canning and a fish-meal factory. From its port, fish, tobacco and other products are exported. Boatbuilding is also important to Mukalla's economy.
The architecture of Mukalla is attractive and is dominated by white houses, that create a strong effect when seen towards the brown mountains or the dark blue sea. The houses are built according to patterns that represent a mixture between Arabic, Yemeni and Indian patterns and decorations.

History
1035 CE: Mukalla is founded to become a fishing town.
1977: The city is connected by road to Aden.





By Tore Kjeilen