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Ten Interesting Facts About Yemen

It is customary for Yemeni males to bring a jambiya (a short, curved dagger) in public. Not only does the handle of the jambiya show the social status of a person, but the dagger, by tradition, also helps keep people from picking fights with one another. Yemen is part of Biblical tales and legends. Noah knew it as “the land of milk and honey.” The Three Wise Men...


Yemeni Cuisine

Yemeni cuisine is best described as simple, easy to prepare, and very filling. The dishes reflect much of the characteristics of the landscape, as well as the people who call the harsh land their home. Bread is the staple food, while chicken, lamb and fish are the common viands. The most widely-used condiment is the hawayij, a ground spice mixture made up of aniseed...

Hike through Yemen’s remote mountains

What to do in Yemen

Shop at the oldest market in Sana’a Within the gates of Bab Al Yemen lies the old city of Sana’a. Ancient and deeply faithful to its roots, at its heart is a busy market known for being the melting pot of trade and social activity in the city. Although Souq al-Milh means “salt market” in Arabic, all types of shiny things and consumer items can be bought here. From...


Where to go in Yemen

Sana’a Sana’a is the capital of Yemen and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Legend says that the city was founded by Shem, one of Noah’s children. He was laying down a guide rope and was about to do some construction work when a bird flew down from the sky and carried the rope closer to the mountains. Taking this as a sign, Shem built his city at the spot...

 Haraz Mountains

When to Visit Yemen

A travel ban has been imposed on Yemen after their president Ali Abdullah Saleh was assassinated in June 2011. It is therefore best to check with your government for your country’s specific travel advisories before booking your ticket. When travelling, safety should be one of your highest priorities. You should also know that the climate in Yemen can be extreme. The...