Al Mahrah Governorate

Map of Yemen showing Al Mahrah governorate.

Al Mahrah or Mahra (Arabic: المهرةAl Mahra) is a governorate (muhafazah) of Yemen in the southern Arabian Peninsula. Situated in the area of the former Mahra Sultanate, its capital is Al Ghaydah.

In addition to Arabic, Mehri, a Modern South Arabian language, is spoken in Mahra.

The geography of Al Mahrah is similar to the one of neighboring Dhofar in Oman. Rigid peaks rising to around 1,300 meters and the treacherous Empty Quarter desert lies to the north. Along its coast near the border with Oman, Al Mahrah is affected by the seasonal monsoon, or Khareef. The mountains become water soaked and the atmosphere becomes moist and foggy as vegetation turns the barren coast into lush valleys and forests. Hauf National Park is located in Al Mahrah.

Districts

  • Al Ghaydah District
  • Al Masilah District
  • Hat District
  • Hawf District
  • Huswain District
  • Man'ar District
  • Qishn District
  • Sayhut District
  • Shahan District

Coordinates: 16°48′N 51°44′E / 16.8°N 51.733°E / 16.8; 51.733



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