Al Mahwit

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Al Mahwit
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Al Mahwit is located in Yemen
Al Mahwit
Al Mahwit
Location in Yemen
Coordinates: 15°28′10″N 43°32′43″E / 15.46944°N 43.54528°E / 15.46944; 43.54528Coordinates: 15°28′10″N 43°32′43″E / 15.46944°N 43.54528°E / 15.46944; 43.54528
Country  Yemen
Governorate Al Mahwit
Population (2012)
 • Total 16,291

Al Mahwit (Arabic: المحويت‎) is the capital city of Al Mahwit Governorate, Yemen. It is located at an elevation of about 2000 metres.

History[edit]

Al Mahwit

The old town of Al-Mahwit is situated around a mountain fortress. Until the 1970s, Al Mahwit was extremely isolated. The town had a population of about 10,000 in the early 1980s, after which infrastructure was developed and water, sanitation and electricity added. [1]

Geography[edit]

The area is mountainous, set in the Haraz Mountains and attracts trekkers.[2] Al-Mahwit is surrounded by several wadis such as Wadi Sama'a, Wadi Eyan, Wadi Juma't Saria, Wadi Hawar, Wadi Bour, Wadi Al- Hawdh, Wadi Thabab, Wadi Laa'a, Wadi Al-Ahjer and Wadi Naa'wan. Numerous villages are spread in the area that were built on and around rocks.

Economy[edit]

The area and surrounding governorate depends on agriculture, mainly the production of coffee, tobacco, corn, sorghum and qat.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burrowes, Robert D. (2010). Historical Dictionary of Yemen. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-8108-5528-1. 
  2. ^ Hämäläinen, Pertti (1999). Yemen. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-86442-603-1.