Castle at 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 the castle in the city of Ad Dali‘. In the foreground two men stand on a rocky path leading to the castle. The castle has high stone walls and a tall building in the inner courtyard rises high above the castle's outer walls.

Publications history

Research Publication - This image has been published in Alexander Maitland, Wilfred Thesiger: A Life in Pictures (London, 2004), p.92: 'Castle at Dhala. "Tribesmen whom I had seen recently at Dhala on the Yemen border... seemed very different to the Arabs from the great Bedu tribes I had met in Syria and the Najd." Hugh Scott wrote that Dhala, capital of the Amiri Highlands, "lies at the foot of the castle hill... The castle consists of an old stone tower-house standing, like a keep, in a courtyard surrounded by lower buildings and walls, with several flanking towers, apparently of later date... the central tower... contains the women's apartments...'" [PG 02/03/2009]

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]