Cosy cabins draw tourism in war-torn Sanaa

Cosy cabins known as tairamana perch atop the roofs of hotels in Yemen's capital Sanaa, offering a relaxing view of the ancient city.

They're a way for the city's guest houses to cash in on demand for domestic tourism in the war-torn country - and for locals to enjoy a much-needed break.

Around a dozen of these spaces now sit on the Pearl of Hadda Hotel's flat roof.

They're decked out with soft seating, drapes, and snack tables. At night, they glow with neon lights.

Men like Abdul Muttalib Hashem spend time here, sometimes smoking pipes and chewing qat - a green leaf that acts as a mild stimulant.

"Because of the difficulty of traveling to coastal areas like Aden and Hodeidah, we have found the best place to hang out with friends is here in Sanaa, in the hotel's tairamana. This new project is really beautiful, we meet here and see our friends whom we haven't seen for a while, it is an enjoyable time.”

Traditionally, tairamana are built as a single room.

An escape on the towering red brick and mud houses that characterize the UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa.

Mohsen al-Humayqani is a customer at the Boudel hotel.

"They bring society and friends together in a place, instead of going to private homes that are limited to a certain number of people. It is a public place for all to exchange culture, views, and to chat about life."

Since Yemen's long war plunged most of the country into hunger and cut transport routes, the rooms are spiking in popularity.

Single women, however, do not gather there like men do.

One hotel owner said his rooms are also used for graduation parties and for meetings, like those organized by elders resolving disputes.

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