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Rihlah : Arabs in South east Asia

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NLB - Arabs in Southeast Asia

NLB – Arabs in Southeast Asia

From April to October 2010, at the Exhibition Area, Level 10, National Library Building (100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064), National Library Board is hosting an exhibition on discovering the homeland and culture of the Arabs in Southeast Asia

The Arabs have came more than six thousand kilometres away from Singapore, across the Indian Ocean, in a region in Yemen known as Hadhramaut to explore and trade in the east of the world.

In Singapore, the common names like Aljunied, Alkaff, and Alsagoff are part of our landscape in building and street names. These names, and many others, belong to Arab migrants from the Hadhramaut who came to Singapore from the nineteenth century onwards. Some came directly from Hadhramaut; some came from other places such as Indonesia and Malaysia. This migration of people and cultural adaptations are parts of the story of the Arabs in Southeast Asia. Most of the Arabs who settled in Southeast Asia were from Hadhramaut, and are known as Hadhramis.

On the website ( and also in the exhibition hall , the NLB librarians has presented photographs and artefacts ranging from personal documents to musical instruments and items on public display for the first time, this exhibition will introduce visitors to the Hadhramaut, and the history and culture of the Arabs in Southeast Asia.

Click here (PDF, 2249kb) for more information on the project.

Fast facts

Events Organiser: National Library Board
Name of event: Rihlah : Arabs in Southeast Asia
Dates of events:  April to October 2010
Site URL:



  1. Nurul Hidayah  July 15, 2010

    I attended Rihlah on one of the exhibition dates and I must say, the guided tour was really informational and helpful for me to understand more about the the Arab community. They should really keep up their effort in introducing our different cultures to the public so that we and our future generations won’t ever forget their roots. :)

    • Hazman Aziz  July 15, 2010

      Hi Nurul,

      We are glad that you share your feedback with on Rihlah : Arabs in South east Asia organised by National Library Board. Yups, we hope they will keep up their effort too and also these able to spread and share more community knowledge awareness about our local community.

      Do come back to ASAS 50 website as we will try to put our best effort to keep up on all the happening and community knowledge awareness with regards to cultural institution more.

      Hazman Aziz