Written By: Hesham Sami Al-Kibsi
Article Date: Jul 5, 2012 - 9:56:51 PM
Raimah Province is located in southwestern region of Yemen, 200 Km away from the capital, Sana’a. It is known for its natural beauty and mountainous sky-high villages.
The province is divided into six directorates --Kismah, Jabeen (the capital), Ja’afariyah, Salafyah, Bilad At-ta’am and Mizher -- Raimah is known across Yemen for its agriculture -- fruits, vegetables, seeds and coffee crops -- Livestock and Honey production are also part of the province’s economic activities. Raimah breathtaking scenery, with its deep green mountains and luscious vegetation will enchant visitors.
A gem tucked away in between Yemen’s mountains, tourists will truly walk amidst the clouds, lost in the beauty of the region’s medieval architecture. Raimis are known across Yemen for their legendary kindness and great hospitality. Raimah is considered an important historical scene as events predating Islam occurred there and were recorded by historians. Raimah was first mentioned in the 3rd century BC.
Prominent historian “Al-Hamdani” suggested that the first Yemeni settlers in Raimah settled in “Shajban” which lies between MekhlafJablan and the western DhamariMekhlafs.
“Yashjub Bin Qahtan” was from this area. Al-Hamdaniwrote at length about Raimahdescribing its mountains, castles, historical sites and tribal affiliations as well as documenting itsagricultural techniques and livestock products. Ancient scriptures discovered by archeologists in the region - Dowmar Mountain - states Raimah was governed by the Ajeem tribe.
Its people followed the Qatabani faith – based on the worship of Amm – Two temples dedicated to Amm were found in the Dowmar Mountain. Raimah was always subject to much envy as tribes looked greedily at its vast fertile lands and moderate climate.
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