DHAHRAN AL JANUB (ظهران الجنوب)

The old village of Dhahran Al-Janub is a beautiful testimony to the old mud-brick houses. It is located above 2160 meters on a plateau formed by the Sarawat mountains. It lies along a meander of the Wadi Kutam and was a stopover for Yemeni pilgrims on their way to Makkah.

It is abandoned nowadays since the population moved to modern houses built along the road linking Abha to Najran. Therefore, we had to take a side street to find the traditional houses hidden behind the modern buildings. Since the traditional village is no longer maintained, some old mud-brick houses have unfortunately been badly damaged by the weather or even collapsed. But most of the old city still stands and hasn’t lost anything of its charm.