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- Al Uyaynah
- Northern Desert Trek
- Southern Desert Trek
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- The Incense Sea Route
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||The Sabaean kingdom in ancient Yemen developed
through their trade in Incense. In time they built a huge earth
filled dam in the second half of the 6th century BC to hold back
some of the water that came down the wadi. From the lake that
developed behind the dam, they developed a splendid irrigation
system that watered about 25, 0000 acres.
||The picture on the left shows the ancient sluice
gates. Most of the quarter mile long dam has now been destroyed.
||Left: The view from the modern dam as it was
built just upstream from the old dam. When the ancient reservoir
re-filled with water, hundreds of old dry wells and water canals
scattered through the desert below the dam suddenly filled with
water again. The ancient farmlands, that for centuries had lain
deserted, were suddenly usable again.