By Tamjid Alkohali
Despite the lack of safety in most governorates, Aden is still the city of peace and security. It’s the only city which has been able to embrace different kinds of cultures and religions. The secret is the simplicity of life and the beauty of nature. For example, Al-Mualla looks like the life of one family, despite the multitude of some families roots and nationalities.
Resident Shihab al-Sofi said, Al-Mualla port is the place where most Adeni students work during the summer holidays. It is as busy as a beehive, with people of all ages working, and it is a major source of livelihood for many residents in Aden.
Al-Mualla port began providing fuel, coal, and water for steam ships in 1800. The port’s services then widened after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, and it became an extremely busy port and a widely-known center for shopping and commerce worldwide
However, Al-Mualla never recovered from the eight year closure of the Suez Canal after the 1967 Six Day War. Additionally, trading flows changed when Horn of Africa countries began building their own ports and stopped depending on Aden. This was particularly the case with Djibouti.
The major reason for its decline, though, was its ownership by Dubai Ports. Since then, it has gradually lost its reputation and prestige. It has effectively become deserted because of how traffic has now relocated to Dubai, Djibouti, and Hodeidah. Rampant corruption, including purposefully not developing the port, is partly to blame.
Al-Mualla port is located close to the mouth of the Red Sea, and has natural protection from two high mountains that keep away waves and monsoons. Although the work has stopped, it is still the lifeblood of Aden, and hopes that it will be renewed are high during the transitional period.