National Geographic : 1957 Feb
a closely encompassing wall bulge upward some 500 "skycrapers," many of them six stories, rising starkly against the rugged backdrop of the escarp ment. Massive and win dowless at their feet, they taper impressively toward balustraded penthouse roofs (page 240). Shibam takes one's . breath away. Here, at last, is no mere effort at adobe shelter. Here is architecture. Saiun, a few miles far ther up the wadi, is less formidable but perhaps more gracious. A garden city, its houses spread richly out among its palms and high-walled lanes. Dominating the town is the palace of Sul tan Husain bin Ali of the Kathiri; it resembles an 249 T Hadhrami Bedouin Legion Trains with British Lee-Enfields British Advisers maintain authority over the Protectorate's sultans and sheiks by subsidies and a system of native troops. Best military group in the Eastern Protectorate is the 400-man legion. Officers (right) wear uniforms like those of Jordan's Arab Legion, whose men originally trained !a - the Hadhramis. To save uniforms, privates drill bare to the waist. + Military Camels Get a Salt Bath in the Gulf of Aden Aden Protectorate Levies, commanded by RAF officers, help maintain order. These parade camels come from the levies' headquarters at Sheikh Othman, seven miles north of Aden. elaborate wedding cake surmounted by four dazzling towers. We were the guests of officers of the Desert Locust Survey unit in Saiun. These men are constantly on the move, tracking down reports of locust swarms and hoping to poison their breeding grounds before too late. I had seen locusts in flight and knew what the men were up against. It is an awesome sight. By the millions the insects whir past, at perhaps 1,000 feet, in a long, dark cloud that literally blots out the sun.