National Geographic : 1932 Oct
Official photograph, Royal Air Force; Crown copyright reserved MUKALLA, NEXT TO ADEN, IS SOUTH ARABIA'S PRINCIPALPORT Despite the heat and its barren aspect, Mukalla trades with India, the Somali coast, Red Sea ports, andMasqat. Itexports gums, hides, senna, and some coffee. From Bombay it buys cotton goods, metals, and crockery; dates and dried fruits come fromMasqat, coffee from Aden, and sheep, aloes, and frankincense from African ports. Most of the Hadhramaut tribes owe allegiance to the Sultan of Mukalla, head oftheQaaiti dynasty.