Image of the day - Old Ma'rib, Yemen.

Yemeni woman - Ruins of Old Ma'rib, Yemen. 2006.

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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.