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New Growth Displacing Crowding Out Old City of Sana’a

National Yemen

Modern House in Sana'a Old City

By NY Staff

As a result of the lack of oversight by Yemen’s government officials due to the country’s political instability, inhabitants of the Old City are increasing the destruction of the traditional architecture by ignoring building codes through the use of materials such as concrete. The poor preservation of the Old City has pushed UNESCO to consider the removal of the city from its list of world heritage sites. If removed, the Old City will find it even more difficult to preserve its ancient architecture in face of rapid globalization.