Wadi Hadramawt

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Great valley in eastern Yemen.

Wadi Hadramawt is a 400-mile-long (640 km), well-watered valley east of Aden that constitutes one of the most agriculturally rich areas in Yemen. It produces millet, cotton, wheat, qat, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The wadi dissects and drains the high plateau of eastern Yemen and is at the center of the Hadramawt, a distinctive geographic and sociopolitical region that was a famous trading state in ancient, pre-Islamic times.

see also hadramawt.

robert d. burrowes