ALI ABDULLAH SALEH MUSEUM

Collection with 16 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

02 Mar 2013 06:00

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has opened a museum dedicated to himself in a wing of the $60 million mosque named after the deposed leader. Saleh was forced from power in 2011 during the Arab Spring after Yemen was caught in the wave of protests which wracked the Middle East.

Most of the 2,000 or so items which are displayed in the museum were given to Saleh during his 33-year rule of the country including an antique weapon from President George Bush Snr. and a painting from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Yet the center piece of the museum is a display of some of the items which Ali Abdullah Saleh was wearing when a there was an attempted assassination against him in 2011.

Mr. Al-Basha who has curated the museum and refers to Mr. Saleh as "Al-Zaeem" or "the leader" said that the inclusion of the singed trousers was for Yemen's youth who needed to know their country's history and that the former president was proud to display his burnt pants as a sign of his ongoing

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (1 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
03 Mar 2013

Tony Blair's gift to Ali Abdullah Saleh is displayed alongside a blurry picture of the former president and the Queen. Saleh was once a darling of the west for his stance against Islamic insurgents.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (2 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Saleh's Mont Blanc belt which he was wearing when he was blown up.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (3 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

The Patek Phillipe watch which Yemen's leader was wearing when he was blown up is on display. Yemen has the second highest rate of child malnutrition in the world, due to chronic poverty.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (5 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Some of the gifts on display are slightly strange. These health food products from Sweden have inexplicably made the exhibition.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (6 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

A mosaic of the man people call "Al-Zaeem" or "The Leader"

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (7 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Ali Abdullah Saleh pictured with Saddam Hussein, who is still very popular in Yemen.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (8 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Ali Abdullah Saleh's trousers which he was blown up in in 2011 in an attempted assasination.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (9 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

A christmas card from Princess Anne to Ali Abdullah Saleh. Inexplicably displayed alongside memrobilia from "Spain, Portugal and Hungariā€¯ [sic]

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (10 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Ali Abdullah sailing the Yemeni people through troubled waters. By an Unknown artist. Oil on Canvas.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (11 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Not all the signage in the museum has been through a spell check.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (12 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

The museum takes up two large rooms, on the second floor of the immaculate Ali Abdullah Saleh mosque.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (13 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

Not all the signage in the museum has been through a spell check.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (14 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

The museum takes up two large rooms, on the second floor of the immaculate Ali Abdullah Saleh mosque.The museum takes up two large rooms, on the second floor of the immaculate Ali Abdullah Saleh mosque.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (15 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

The museum features over 2000 items gifted to Saleh in his 33-year rule in Yemen.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh museum (16 of 16)
Sana'a, Yemen
By Joe Sheffer
04 Mar 2013

The Ali Abdullah Saleh mosque was completed in 2008 at a cost of nearly $60 million USD.