Cozy cabins appear on hotel rooftops in Sana’a as war reduces tourism elsewhere
SANAA, October 7 (Reuters) – Sana’a hotels are capitalizing on demand for domestic tourism in war-torn Yemen by building small cabins, known as tairamana, on their rooftops offering relaxation and city views antique.
About ten of these spaces are now perched on the flat roof of the Pearl of Hadda hotel in Sana’a. The bedrooms are adorned with plush seating, curtains, and low tables for snacks.
At night, they glow with neon lights.
Men like Abdul Muttalib Hashem, 27, hang out together and rebuild the world by smoking tobacco pipes and chewing qat, a green leaf that acts as a mild stimulant.
“Due to the difficulty of getting to coastal places like Aden and Hodeidah, we have found that the best place to relax is here in Sana’a, in the hotel‘s tairamana,” he said.
Tairamana has traditionally been built as one room, providing an escape atop the towering red brick and mud houses that characterize the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Sana’a.
Since Yemen’s long war left most of the country hungry and cut off transport routes, tairamana above hotels have become popular social gathering places.
“They bring the social fabric together,” said Mohsen al-Humayqani, a guest at the Boudel Hotel. “It is a public space for all, to exchange cultures, points of view, to discuss on all subjects of life.”
Single women do not meet there like men.
The rooms are used for graduation parties, for elders to resolve disputes and all kinds of meetings, said Rose Holiday Inn owner Muhamad al-Dahifi.
Reporting by Khaled Abdullah, Adel al-Khadher and Abdulrahman al-Ansi; Written by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Giles Elgood
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