During its period of prosperity, Al Mukalla was named the “white town”. Traces of this past era can still be found within some of the buildings in the older part of the town, which is situated on a small peninsular in front of the current town centre. Well worth taking a look at are the wooden doors decorated with numerous cuttings. The former Sultans-Palace, in which a museum can be found, lies at the end of the waterside promenade. The small exhibition displays interesting exhibits from old South Arabian and Prehistoric times. For a few hundred years, Mukalla was the junction between the 300 kilometre distant Wadi Hadramaut and the trading branch offices of Asia. For this reason, the decorations on the houses of Mukalla have a definite Indian influence. Even the residents of the Hadramaut are affected by multi-ethnic influence. Arabs, Africans, and Asians are all at home here. Nowadays, Al Mukalla is Yemen’s boomtown. On the mountains and hills within a distance of 30 – 50 kilometres of the town, building is taking place without tire. Within a period of five years, the town’s area has increased to more than 20 times its size.