I spoke with Ameen Talib in Singapore recently. Ameen is Singaporean, but also an ethnic-Hadrami. The Hadramis originate from Yemen, on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and rank among the world’s great traders. I first encountered Hadrami traders in China buying goods for export to Saudi Arabia. Ameen is a fascinating individual and a major figure in Singapore’s Hadrami community. He is also responsible for the revitalization of the city’s Arab quarter having opened a number of Arabic restaurants in the Sultan Mosque area. We met at his first restaurant Café Le Caire and talked about Singapore’s Hadrami community and the importance of ethnic networks.