The city of Ad Dali‘

Photographer: Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
Date of Photo: October 5, 1945
Continent: Asia
Geographical Area: Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Country: Yemen
Region/Place: Ad Dali‘ Governorate [Muḩāfaz̧at Aḑ Ḑali‘]; Ad Dali‘ [Aḑ Ḑali‘]
Cultural Group: Arab
Format: Film Negative 35mm
Size: 35 mm
Acquisition: Wilfred Patrick Thesiger - Accepted as Art in Lieu of Inheritance Tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Pitt Rivers Museum, March 2004


View of stone buildings in the city of Ad Dali‘. In the foreground houses built of stone, some two or three storeys tall, sit closely together in town. In the distance beyond terraced fields stretch out across a large valley bordered by a high peaked mountain.

Publications history

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, 'Empty Quarter of Arabia', Listener, 38 (1947), p.971: 'Dhala, a town in south-west Arabia [...]'. [PG 04/09/2008]

Research Notes

Research Notes - 'I arrived in Aden at the end of September 1945, visited the mountains along the Yemen frontier, and on October 15th flew to Salala, the capital of Dhaufar.' Wilfred Thesiger, pp. 29, Arabian Sands (London, 1959). [AK 26/05/2011]