Yemeni woman - Ruins of Old Ma'rib, Yemen. 2006.
Lying in the center of Yemen, the once great city of Ma'rib now lies abandoned and in ruins. The city dates from at least 1000 BC and was once a lush oasis teeming with dates and tropical plants - all made possible by an enormous dam and complex irrigation system, the remains of which are still visible. Ma'rib's wealth accumulated to such an extent that the city became a byword for riches beyond belief throughout the Arab world. Today riches are again found in the desert - this time oil. Ma'rib is now more likely to be heard mentioned in context with Al Qaeda, terrorism and drone strikes.