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Aden Zoo

Aden Zoo

From a transit station to the pioneer of the idea of Zoos in the Arabian Peninsula.

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“Please come in … Half a “shilling” (25 Fils) for staff, and “Anaten” (10 Fils) for students”

With these low prices, AlHajj AbdulMajeed Al-Salafi used to welcome visitors at Aden Zoo or as the Adeni people liked to call it “Al Kamsari Garden”.
The Garden was the first zoo in the Arabian Peninsula. It started in 1952, as a transit station for a passenger coming from Somalia through Aden’s port accompanied by both an African lion and a lioness, who were on their way to Imam Ahmed in Sana’a. Those lions needed to be to kept in a place outside the port, and AbdulMajeed’s garden was the ideal place.
The idea of ​opening a zoo became appealing for AlHajji AbdulMajeed after seeing the flow of people who came to see the lions, and soon after that the garden became full of different animals from overseas, and it became an attracting place for visitors from different countries.
AlHajji Abdul Majeed’s experience and expertise stretched out to be the initial seed for the establishment of the first zoo in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen Used to be.. not much of a difference!

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Photos taken for Mr. AbdulMajeed’s and garden and other details.

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القهوه اليمنية المخاء يسار

Mocha Yemen

Mocha Yemen

The famous "Mocha" was named after the port of Mocha,  which is the origin of the global coffee trade. 

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It was the coffee bean that Ansi sang about… Yemen was the first land where coffee was grown, and it is unknown when this activity began but the first deal to sell coffee from Yemen to Europe was in 1628.
Historians record the burgeoning of coffee consumption in Yemen with the Sufis who used it to help them worship and stay up late and that was more than 500 years ago in the early 15th century. They were the first to drink it in social gatherings and then became a popular drink.
Some historians date the beginning of coffee cultivation to the fifth century AD where Yemenis identified the coffee tree in the area of ​​Al-Odain now administratively located in Ibb governorate.
It is noteworthy that the Portuguese were the first to taste the Yemeni coffee when hosted by the Sheikh of Mocha and offered them a “black drink” that refreshes the body and gives peace of mind, and that was the first commercial deal for Yemeni coffee in Mocha with the Dutch in 1628.
Coffee growing in Yemen began to expand year after year until the Yemeni coffee became a landmark of high quality offering to the finest ruling families, whether in Europe, India or other countries of the world, where Yemen dominated the trade in coffee for more than 200 years. Yemeni coffee exports to the world reached about 20,000 tons per year at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Yemen used to be, not much of a difference!

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Photos taken for Mr. AbdulMajeed’s and garden and other details.

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Al-Janad Masjid

‎”يا معاذ انطلق حتى تأتي الجند فحيثما بركت هذه الناقة, فأذن وصل وابتن مسجداً.”
In this Hadith, the prophet orders Muadh to set out until he arrives at Al-Janad city, and wherever the Camel sits down, he would call for prayer, pray, and build a masjid. This was told to Muadh when he was sent to teach the people about the Islamic religion.
The companion Muadh bin Jabal’s masjid located in the northeastern part of Al-Janad city, 22 km away northeastern of Taiz City. It is approximately 4365 square meters in size.
Al-Janad masjid was considered one of the most important scientific edifices at that time. A group of scientists were the students of this masjid. The most prominent being the historian Mohamed Youssef Aljendy -died between 730H-, the author of “The Behaviour Of The Scientists Class and The Royal Class”. The masjid has gone through several renovations starting at King Hussain bin Salamah Era (402H). Moreover, some more renovations were through the Aiuby, Rasooly, and Taahery Eras. Leaving us with Al-Janad Masjid, as the last monument from the companion Muadh bin Jabal’s time.

Yemen used to be and as such were our Masjids.

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Photos taken for Mr Abdul Rahman al-Mutahar and Ms Habiba Mohammed during the broadcast of "Mesa’ed and Mesa’ada" and other details.

المدرهة

Al-Madraha

The “swing” or what it’s called “Madraha” is considered a cultural tradition for the Hajji families to express their love and concern on the farewell, and joy and happiness when they’re back home from their journey.
It’s said that it’s history goes to 1200 years back, and some say it goes back to our prophet Ebrahim era, peace be upon him, before Islam. The “Madraha” was installed for the Rasoli sultan, Almodhafar Ali Bin Omar when he went for Haj in 659 AH, which spread in Alhijaz area to reach Mecca.
When Hajji arrives home, they are met with Jasmin and Arabian fragrance along with the “Madraha” which they can swing on before distributing Zamzam water and gifts to their friends and loved ones.
The “Madraha” concept is timeless and is perpetuated in our culture. Share with us your “Madraha” stories for this year!
Have a blessed Haj.

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Amal Balgoon

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One of the first announcers of Aden channel.

Everyone knew her by Momma ‘Amal’ as in ‘Hope’. Hope in every house, hope in every alley, and hope in every heart.

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Everyone knew her by Momma ‘Amal’ as in ‘Hope’. Hope in every house, hope in every alley, and hope in every heart.

It is the braised journalist Amal Beljoun born in 1952, the one with the dulcet and sweet voice. Momma Amal was known for being spontaneous and genuine, you would always see her at her natural character , both inside and outside the screen, and with her shy and sincere smile. 

 

“Wednesday Evening “, ” wander and observe , “Tv Magazine “ , “cocktail “, “ children and Family “ are some of the programs Amal captured her audience hearts with, and if you asked anyone from the old times about her programs they would tell you how special and good these memories were, especially if they were from Aden city. 

 

“ For journalis, I see that general knowledge is one of the key foundations we should be standing on, as well as being a good listener, having presence, being sharp, the ability to gain knowledge and delivering it, and being alert at all times in working life as well as in trials is the real test.” Amal Beljoun_ 2007.

 

Yemen used to be, and as such was our press.

 

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