- Title: NORTH YEMEN: HISTORIC DAM IS REBUILT.
- Date: 20th February 1986
- Summary: 1. GVs Scenes of old Ma'rib Dam (3 shots) 0.19 2. CUs Walls of Ma'rib dam (3 shots) 0.29 3. GV Looking up the side of Ma'rib dam wall (2 shots) 0.37 4. GV Locals standing next to dam wall 0.42 5. GV PAN Old dam wall 0.50 6. TV People walking along dam wall 0.53 7. GV Camel walking past dam 0.56 8. GV PAN Lakes in distance behind new dam wall 1.09 9. SV Picture of Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan 1.12 10. SV picture of Colonel Ali Abdullah Saleh 1.17 11. GV Stone with inscription in Arabic and Himyaritic to mark the beginning of work on the new dam 1.22 12. GVs New dam wall (2 shots) 1.30 13. GVs Truck driving across flattened ground, with people surveying lakes in distance ( 2 shots) 1.46 14. GV House near dam wall with pretty garden 1.49 15. GV Pan Work continuing 2.00 InitialsRM/BB Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 7th March 1986 12:00
- Location: MA'RIB, NORTH YEMEN
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAB5OXOQQI0FNB5JE018B2758VP
- Story Text: MA'RIB, NORTH YEMEN
One of the wonders of the ancient world is being revamped. The Ma'rib dam in North Yemen was built almost 2,500 years ago and was considered a remarkable engineering feat in its time. Lush gardens flourished nearby and the surrounding regions soon became an important agricultural and trading centre along the great caravan route. The dam stood intact for about 1,000 years until it was destroyed by a flood in the sixth century A.D. In early 1985, Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan of the United Arab Emirates and the Yemeni President, Colonel Ali Abdulla Saleh began a project to rebuild the dam. It is to be completed in mid-April, 1986 and its sponsors hope it will once again irrigate the area. The Ma'rib dam inspired many stories and legends and is virtually immortalised by the Koran. But few archaeologists have come to study it. The American Foundation for the Study of Man did some work in 1951 until dangerous conditions forced them to leave and since 1978, the German Archaeological Institute of Sana'a had been studying the irrigation system. The Ma'rib dam is located about 170 kilometres (approximately 105 miles) north-east of the city of Sana'a -- which was thought to be the home of the biblical Queen of Sheba.
<strong>Source: REUTERS - OMAR MAHDAWI</strong>
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