Against All Odds, Yemen Is Happy Too!

Despite all the hard living conditions, the long and recurrent power cuts, the unstable political and security conditions, the negative media coverage, a group of Yemenis managed to show the world that they are living proof to their country's ancient name ‘Arabia Felix’ aka Happy Arabia. Historically, Yemen was known as Arabia Felix meaning Fortunate Arabia or Happy Arabia – a name which was given to it by the Greek geographer Ptolemy. It acquired this name because of its high mountains, which attracted rain, making it more fertile than most of the Arabian peninsula.

The cover video of Pharrell William's viral song Happy was generated with a Yemeni twist, showing the creativity and talent of Young Yemenis, their positive spirit and their sense of humor.

The video was produced in cooperation with Support Yemen and Gabreez and is co-directed by two Oscar nominated directors Abdurahman Hussein and Ameen Alghabri.

Turkish Ambassador in Yemen, Fazli Corman tweeted:

Mareike Transfeld, a researcher at Yemen Polling, tweeted to Pharell:

Awssan Kamal, a member of SupportYemen, tweeted:

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoum added:

Yemeni blogger Afrah Nasser, living in Sweden, sees it differently. She tweeted:

Support Yemen co-founder Rooj, who is familiar with the hardship of living in Yemen and is also featured in the video, happily pointed:

“Despite our difficulties our happiness will never cease” is a clear message of resilience from Yemen.


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