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Yemen: Things to See and Do in Sana’a (Tourist Attractions)

Let’s travel to the western part of the country and to the capital city of Yemen, known as Sana’a. In 1962 it became the capital of North Yemen and was followed by North and South Yemen in 1990. The population is 1,740,000 and being the religious center of the Yemen Highlands, it has also been the chief economic political center for many centuries.

Connected to the Red Sea port of Hodeida by road, the city lies inland on a high plain. Sana is an Islamic cultural center with a Muslim university along with other institutions of learning with lots of mosques. It has been settled from pre-Islamic times the ancient city wall remains.

Here are some of the highlights of this trip that I wanted to share with you so you could decide on what you would want to do.

1. Beaches:

Go to some of the best beaches in Yemen such as Lover’s Beach in Aden City, Bir Ali in Mukalla City, Archer beach in Socotra Island, Shouab Beach in Socotra Island, Aomak beach in Socotra island, and Qalansiya beach in Socotra island.

2. Old City:

Walk Around the old city of Sana’a in the early morning – Start your day by hearing plenty of blessings as the locals start their day by heading to the market and opening their shops early in the morning.

Enjoy some traditional Yemeni Chai – Don’t leave the city without trying some of the Yemeni tea. If you try Chai Haleb (Tea with milk) or Chai Ahmar (Tea) and ask for Haleb Mofawer but if you like your tea plain without milk then you should try Chai na’naa which is tea with mint.

4. Old Sana’a from the Top:

You can go to the roof of one of the old buildings to really get a good view of Sana. To go inside one of them you need to go to the roof of Burj Alsalam hotel that has a beautiful view of the city with a café.

5. Hamm Sana’ani (Sauna):

One of the best options to relax is going to the Hamams (sauna) in Sana. You know you like to relax when you are on vacation. The Hamams are booked for the women in the morning and the men in the evening. Usually it is meant for men only.

6. Traditional Food:

You will have to have a strong stomach to eat the local food in Sana. If you don’t like spices you should tell them, otherwise they will use lots of them. The meaning for without spices is “Bedun Beshas”.

7. Attend a Wedding:

Doesn’t matter whether you know the bride and groom or not. Thursday in Yemen is believed to be a blessed day so the weddings are usually on Thursday. You don’t have to have an invitation you are welcome to go just because you are you. The locals love guests.

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24 Hours in Sanaa: An Adventure!

by Sara Alsadah · January 26, 2023

Sanaa, Yemen

Explore Sanaa’s Wonders

Welcome to Sanaa, the capital of Yemen and one of the oldest cities in the world! With a history of thousands of years, Sanaa is an amazing city that is as vibrant and modern as it is steeped in ancient culture and traditions.

Let me start with a bit of background. Sanaa is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a history that goes back to the 2nd millennium BC. It is believed that Sanaa was founded by Shem, a son of Noah, and today it still retains its unique character and beauty.

The city is located in the Yemeni highlands, at an altitude of over 2,000 meters above sea level. This makes the city even more impressive, as it stands out among the surrounding mountains. It also provides some magnificent views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

Sanaa is a city of many faces, with an array of different cultures and people. You will find a vibrant and bustling city, with a variety of different markets, shops, and restaurants. Here you can find everything from traditional Yemeni cuisine to modern international dishes, as well as a huge range of different souvenirs and handicrafts.

Sanaa is also home to a number of different historical sites. These include the Old City, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique architecture. The Old City is a great place to explore and get lost in, with its winding streets and ancient buildings.

Another must-see in Sanaa is the Great Mosque of Sanaa, also known as the Grand Mosque or the Great Mosque of Omar. This beautiful mosque is one of the oldest in the world, and it is a great place to visit and explore.

And of course, no visit to Sanaa would be complete without exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside. Here you can find stunning landscapes and amazing views, as well as some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world.

So if you’re looking for a city that is steeped in history, culture, and beauty, then look no further than Sanaa. With its amazing scenery, fabulous food and unique atmosphere, Sanaa is the perfect destination for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Explore Sanaa: A Day Trip

Welcome to Sanaa, the ancient and captivating capital of Yemen!

The City of Sanaa has been inhabited for over two and a half thousand years and is a unique blend of traditional and modern. With its narrow winding streets, bustling souks and ancient monuments, it really is a city unlike any other.

To get the most out of your day in Sanaa, here’s a full day itinerary for you to enjoy.

Start your day with a visit to the Grand Mosque of Sanaa. This majestic mosque is considered one of the oldest mosques in the world and a great example of Islamic architecture. After your visit, take some time to explore the nearby Souks and Markets. Here you’ll find an array of local handicrafts and souvenirs to take home with you.

Continue your day with a visit to the National Museum of Yemen. This impressive museum will take you back in time, as it houses a large collection of ancient artifacts, coins and pottery from the region. Once you’re done at the museum, take a stroll around the Old City. Here you can admire the beautiful architecture of the Old City, as well as the bustling street life.

As the evening draws in, take some time to enjoy a traditional Yemeni dinner. Sample some of the local delicacies such as saltah, a Yemeni stew, or fahsa, a delicious dish of spiced meat and vegetables. After dinner, take some time to explore the city at night. The lights of the city come alive at night, and you can enjoy a romantic stroll around the city streets.

As the night draws to a close, there’s no better place to end your day than at the famous Al-Saleh Mosque. This impressive building is the largest mosque in Yemen and is illuminated at night. Take some time to admire the beauty of the mosque before heading back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

We hope you enjoyed your day in Sanaa!

Sanaa’s Hidden Treasures

Sanaa, Yemen is a vibrant city full of culture, history and natural beauty. It is known for its traditional architecture, stunning views and rich cultural heritage. Here are some of the highlights you must not miss on your tour of Sanaa:

-Visit the old city of Sanaa! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see. The old city was founded in the 7th century, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. You can explore its winding alleyways, grand mosques, and bustling souks. Be sure to try the famous street food while you’re there!

-Take a tour of the Grand Mosque of Sanaa. This awe-inspiring mosque was first built in the 8th century and is one of the most important religious sites in Yemen. It is home to some of the oldest Qurans in the world and is an important pilgrimage site for Muslims.

-Head to the nearby village of Thula. This charming village is located in the Yemeni Mountains and is known for its traditional mud houses and vibrant culture. Here you can explore the Old Town, visit the markets and sample some of the delicious local food.

-Witness the beauty of the Wadi Dahr Valley. This stunning valley is home to some of Yemen’s most beautiful landscapes. Take a hike and marvel at the lush greenery, towering mountains, and breathtaking views.

-Explore the ancient city of Marib. This city, located about 100 km from Sanaa, was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Sheba. Here you can visit the ruins of the Temple of the Moon God Almaqah and learn about the ancient history of the region.

-Don’t forget to visit the Bab al-Yemen. This iconic gate is the entrance of the old city and is a symbol of Sanaa. It is one of the oldest gates in the world and was built in the 10th century.

Yemen is a beautiful country full of culture, history, and natural beauty. With its rich heritage and stunning landscapes, it is the perfect place to explore and experience. So don’t hesitate and come visit Sanaa. You won’t regret it!

Sanaa: A Packed Day Awaits!

7:00 am – Start your day by having breakfast in the old city at a local cafe.

8:00 am – Visit the Great Mosque of Sanaa, the oldest mosque in Yemen.

9:00 am – Explore the old city market, including the Souk al-Milh, which is known for its spice market and traditional Yemeni crafts.

10:00 am – Take a rest and have a cup of traditional Yemeni coffee at a local cafe.

11:00 am – Visit the Bab al-Yemen, the oldest part of Sanaa and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

12:00 pm – Have lunch at a local restaurant and try some traditional Yemeni dishes.

1:00 pm – Explore the National Museum of Yemen and its many artifacts from the country’s long history.

2:00 pm – Visit the Old City Walls and explore the many towers, gates and ramparts.

3:00 pm – Have a cup of tea and relax at a local cafe.

4:00 pm – Visit the National Museum of Modern Art and admire the many works of art on display.

5:00 pm – Visit the Al-Saleh Mosque and admire its stunning architecture.

6:00 pm – Enjoy a traditional Yemeni dinner at a local restaurant.

7:00 pm – Explore the many shops and cafes in the old city.

8:00 pm – Visit the old city walls and admire the views of the city.

9:00 pm – Relax and have a cup of tea at a local cafe.

10:00 pm – Explore the nightlife of Sanaa and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

11:00 pm – Take a stroll through the old city and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

12:00 am – Return to your hotel and get a good night’s rest.

Exploring Sanaa – Uniquely Yemeni!

1. When visiting Sanaa, remember to dress modestly. Women should cover their arms and legs, while men should avoid wearing shorts.

2. You should find someone to accompany you who knows the city. It is important to have a guide who can help you navigate the streets safely and show you around the city.

3. Be sure to try the local cuisine. Sanaa is known for its delicious and unique flavors, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the local food.

4. Visit the Grand Mosque, an impressive mosque and the largest of its kind in Sanaa.

5. Take a walk through the Old City, which is home to numerous ancient monuments, including the Great Mosque and the Old City Wall.

6. Make sure to purchase some souvenirs from the local markets. You can find a variety of hand-crafted items, including pottery, jewelry, and carpets.

7. Make sure to visit some of the stunning parks in Sanaa, such as the Al-Fakhr Park and the Al-Qasr Park.

8. Be aware of the political situation in Yemen and avoid areas where there is potential conflict.

Discover Sanaa Now!

The climate in Yemen is hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 40°C (104°F) in the summer to as low as 10°C (50°F) in the winter.

The best time to visit Sanaa is during the cooler months of November to February, when temperatures are more comfortable. March to June is the hottest period, with temperatures reaching up to 40°C (104°F). The summer months of July and August can see temperatures dip to 20°C (68°F).

One of the biggest events in Yemen is the annual al-Quds Parade in Sanaa, which takes place in April. This is a religious procession that celebrates the arrival of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

If you plan to visit Sanaa during Ramadan, you should expect to find the streets quieter due to increased fasting, as well as more restrictions on public events. For a more festive atmosphere, you may want to visit during the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays at the end of Ramadan and in October/November, respectively.

Overall, the best time to visit Sanaa is from November to February, when temperatures are more comfortable and the festive atmosphere is less restricted.

Sara Alsadah

I'm Sara Alsadah, a travel writer from Yemen. I was born and still live in the beautiful city of Sana'a. Growing up in Yemen, I was exposed to different cultures and religions, which sparked my interest in exploring the world. I come from a loving family of four, my parents and two younger sisters. My father is a business owner and my mother is a homemaker. Being the eldest in the family, I was encouraged to pursue a university education, so I completed a degree in communication and journalism. Since then, I've been traveling extensively in the Middle East and beyond. I've had the opportunity to visit places like India, Thailand, and the United States. I've also been to some of the most remote and interesting places in my home country of Yemen. These travels inspired me to document my journeys and share them with others. I write for a travel website, which allows me to explore and learn about different cultures and places. I'm passionate about telling stories and connecting with people from all walks of life. I'm proud to call Yemen my home and I love sharing my experiences with others. Writing for a travel website allows me to do that. I'm excited to continue exploring the world and seeing what new adventures await.

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I'm Sara Alsadah, a travel writer from Yemen. I was born and still live in the beautiful city of Sana'a. Growing up in Yemen, I was exposed to different cultures and religions, which sparked my interest in exploring the world. I come from a loving family of four, my parents and two younger sisters. My father is a business owner and my mother is a homemaker. Being the eldest in the family, I was encouraged to pursue a university education, so I completed a degree in communication and journalism. Since then, I've been traveling extensively in the Middle East and beyond. I've had the opportunity to visit places like India, Thailand, and the United States. I've also been to some of the most remote and interesting places in my home country of Yemen. These travels inspired me to document my journeys and share them with others. I write for a travel website, which allows me to explore and learn about different cultures and places. I'm passionate about telling stories and connecting with people from all walks of life. I'm proud to call Yemen my home and I love sharing my experiences with others. Writing for a travel website allows me to do that. I'm excited to continue exploring the world and seeing what new adventures await.

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A Traveler in Sana’a, Yemen – Sana’a Guide

Sana’a, Yemen

Nowhere has ever captured old Arabia like Sana’a. The smell of spices and meat cooking over charcoal in the old city souq, the enchanting melody of the call to prayer encompasses you as it rings out in every direction, locals prefer to wear turbans and the abiyah compared to western fashion. Sana’a will with no doubt take you to that Lawrence of Arabia dream you fantasize about. A city with such deep historical significance retains all its character despite the current circumstances. Now it’s not uncommon to hear airstrikes alongside the call to prayer, locals swapping their traditional outfits for military gear, and the entire city cut off from electricity and water; but politics and war aside, Sana’a still retains its charming self, a true authentic traveler’s paradise.

Should I Travel to Yemen?

This is a question I get asked often. Is Yemen Safe? Can I travel to Sana’a right now? The answer is probably not one you want to hear, but to put a positive spin on Yemen’s current safety I will answer this with, Yemen is not ready for tourism, at the moment but in time Yemen will be ready. I encourage you to just wait for the right time. Kidnappings, airstrikes, and full-blown war is the reality of Yemen, but all of the historical sights and the hearts of the people are preserved. Yemen is just on hold, and when the time comes Yemen will take hold of its fabulous travel potential.

Sana’a Travel Guide

As I delve deeper into Sana’a Old City, time begins to escape me. This city is magic, all the modernization of Arabia temporarily vanishes as you lose yourselves in the labyrinth alleyways. These are the memories this city has left me with.  Nowhere on earth can reminisce with Sana’a, I believed such places could not exist in this present day, but they do!

Sana’a, Yemen’s largest city sprawls over a mountain valley. The majority of the sights are located within the confines of the Old City Walls. However new Sana’a as it is referred to hosts many worthy sights as well. Unfortunately, because of the current situation many of these sights are either closed or extremely difficult to get into. But with some patience, you can still gain access to the quintessential Sana’a.

Sana’a Sights

Since the 1960s Sana’a only resided within the confines of the Old City walls. Now, New Sana’a completely encircles the Old City with glitzy high rises, modern shopping malls, and enough international restaurants to keep any expat happy.

The New City is also home to some of Yemen’s best examples of traditional design intertwined with modern architecture. This mix of old and new makes for a fascinating place to explore. Nothing beats going to KFC or Second Cup and seeing a line up of men dressed in complete traditional Yemeni attire.

Al Saleh Mosque

Newly finished this stunning example of Yemeni classical design mixed with Arabia’s detail to perfection makes an impressive sight amidst the behemoth mosques in the Gulf.

Inside the mosque, you will see different types of stone, including black basalt stones and limestone in red, white and black all which are from Yemen. The massive interior hall comes equipped with wooden roofs in Yemeni Design, five intensely decorated domes, and plenty of hidden nooks to explore.

Unfortunately, the area around the Al- Saleh Mosque plays host to the majority of the ongoing conflict between The Coalition and Houthi forces. Try to visit during the early hours when the soft light shines through all the colored glass.

Shopping in Sana’a Souqs

Sana’a souqs are famous throughout the Middle East, you can find just about anything here apart from the way out after you get lost in them!

The Old City and New City both have souqs, but the Old Cities souq retains a much more authentic atmosphere. Some good buys are Yemeni Scarfs which often have plenty of hand embroidery in multiple colors, Antique silver jewelry in Jewish design, and plenty of other Yemeni handicrafts.  The Yemeni Jambiya is seen worn by almost every man, it also makes a great souvenir, but depending on what it is made of and its age can sometimes run into the thousands of dollars.

Yemeni Coffee –  Yes! Yemen coffee is quite famous and for good reason. Sipping coffee at a Yemen Cafe is a favorite pastime of expats and locals alike. If you make it to Sana’a don’t miss out on visiting a Yemen Cafe or pick up some coffee from the Old City.

Sana’a Old City  

For me, this is quite possibly the best sight in the whole of Yemen . Nowhere captures such a picturesque envision of the Arabia that used to be like Sana’a Old City. Whether it’s getting lost in the smoky souqs, Chewing Khat in an ancient house, or watching the sunset on a rooftop as the call to prayer rings out from the hundreds of minarets in every direction, Sana’a Old City captivating.

Not much has changed in the old city for hundreds of years because the alleyways are designed for camels you won’t see much for cars here, and most shopkeepers have been selling their wares for generations!

Honestly, I spent days wandering around the Old City. When I believed I had seen it all I would find a new area by accident. Walking around you will constantly be invited in for tea which is great as you get to see the inside of these amazing towering structures.

Bab Al-Yaman

Translated to “The Gate of Yemen’, Bab Al-Yaman is the main entryway to Sana’a Old City. A busy market sprawls of the gate on either side making it one of the busiest places in the city. It’s a chaotic experience, but if you find a rooftop with some tea its fun to spend the afternoon watching the madness unfold below.

Great Mosque of Sana’a

Located deep inside the old city this mosque Is one of Sana’a oldest and largest. Now restricting entrance to foreigners it is best seen from high above. Nearby are plenty of hotels and restaurants where you can climb high above the city to see the Mosque in all its glory.

Sana’a Day Trips

After spending a week in the city it was great to get out and see some of Sana’a outlying sights. Leaving Sana’a things instantly change. The land becomes barren and mountainous with small towns dotting the hillside. Its also very quite giving a good break from the congestion and noise of Sana’a.

Here are a few places we visited that are easily done by day tripping from Sana’a.

Dar Al-Hajar (Stone Castle)

Just North of Sana’a on the city limits is the Sone Castle. Arguably one of Yemen’s most famous sights, the Stone Castle will not let you down. This tall caste in Yemeni design seems to defy gravity perched upon a rock that looks as if it will tumble any day.

The Imam Yahya who the Stone Castle was constructed for was assassinated in 1948 leaving the structure to be a museum that even today is open for all to see.

It was fun visiting here as many Yemeni wedding processions come here for photo ops. Seeing all the sparkly wedding outfits and men wielding five-foot rifles added to the happy atmosphere of this place. There is also an amazing view from the top!

Mountain Top Kaukaban and Shibam

Kaukaban and Shibam are about a one hour drive from Sana’a. Heading up into the mountains you pass by many small and quaint villages before you arrive into Shibam. Shibam does not have a lot to offer apart from great restaurants to stop at for lunch on your way to Kaukaban.

Kaukaban is located right above Shibam on the mountaintop. There is a skinny road that snakes its way up to the mountaintop. Kaukaban has unfortunately suffered much from the war. With over half of the community being destroyed by airstrikes. The structures standing are well worth coming here to visit, not to mention the view from here! You can see all the way to Sana’a.

There is a small gift shop in the town. The owner had a five-foot rifle from 1905 which he let me fire. Talk about a rifle with insane power!

Historic Amran

Picture perfect Amran is well worth a stop. The whole city seems to have suffered no damage from the war, and almost all of the structures are built in traditional Yemeni design. The community also seems very peaceful and locals were ecstatic to see us there.

I enjoyed just exploring the many historic streets and watching a very remote community in Yemen. If you like photography you will find it extremely hard to leave this place!

Chewing Khat in Sana’a, Yemen

Almost every single Yemeni you meet, including the women, will chew Khat. Khat is a leaf that contains a small amount of amphetamine in it providing the chewer with a slightly euphoric feeling. Most people, including me, will tell you it’s similar to having a strong cup of coffee, but the feeling lasts as long as you are chewing!

I am going to be very bias when it comes to Khat. If you choose not to chew Khat with the locals, in a Yemeni Khat room you will be missing out on a huge part of the Yemeni travel experience. I was invited to about twenty different homes to chew Khat. This is where I learned almost everything I know about Yemeni culture, and it people.

Yemeni people are also incredibly fun people. When you chew Khat with them you will get to experience how happy and funny they really are. My opinion, chew Khat, it leads to great conversation, knowledge of the country, and you will gain lifelong friends from doing so! As the saying goes, when in Rome!

Visa for Yemen

This is probably the biggest and most important topic for all you readers. I get messaged hundreds of times a day about this. I will be very frank with you how I obtained my visa, and what you can do to get yours.

I got my visa from my fixer. When I entered Yemen he told me he did it officially on the border with my official government permission forms. Yes, it seemed odd, but I went with it. The truth is my fixer bribed the border to get my visa. Being unaware of this got me in a lot of trouble later on in the trip.

The ONLY way to get a visa is through your local embassy. Unfortunately, all tourist visas are currently suspended. SO if you want to come to Yemen as a tourist you will not be issued a visa.

Your other option is to apply for a journalist visa. Some people will get these, but they require a lot of documents. If you are dead set on coming to Yemen please contact Camaleer Tours. They are the only official tour company at the moment.

I have heard that Socotra Island is exempt from the Yemeni Visa which you need on the mainland. I did not go to Socotra so I cannot vouch for this, and I have no information on this region of Yemen.

Staying Safe in Sana’a

There is no way around it, currently, Yemen is not safe. The largest city in Yemen Sanaa does happen to be safer than other regions although. This is because of the heavy presence of Houthi security.

During my stay in Sana’a, I walked the streets without security, and in western clothing. People were very happy to see me, and no one at any time threatened me.

Sana’a main dangers come from the war itself. Almost every day I was in the city there were Coalition lead airstrikes, often within blocks of me. During my stay, Ali Abdul Saleh also joined the Coalition, and an all-out war between his forces, and the Houthi broke out. For almost three full days I was trapped inside my hotel as fighting was happening on the streets in front of us.

Staying safe in Sana’a at times felt like a gamble, but there are a few things I’ve learned while I was there. First, try to avoid hanging around any obvious military checkpoints or buildings. When there are airstrikes these are obvious checkpoints. Secondly, try to avoid being easy to track. There are bad people here, and kidnappings can happen. If your footsteps are easy to predict, then these kinds of things become much more likely. Lastly, avoid the newer areas of town near the Saleh Mosque.  When fighting breaks out, this is the area where a lot of it happens.

Where to Stay in Sana’a

Even with the current situation, Sana’a hotels are still operating. These vary from 5-star hotels with security to 5-dollar-a-night cheap digs. Honestly, in my opinion, the safest places to stay are at a local’s house, you also get an amazing cultural aspect to your stay with this option. But if you have no one to stay with then do not hinder.

When it comes to hotels the ones in the old city are almost completely closed down. So staying in a traditional house is now no longer an option, unless you have a friend. Sana’a 5 star Sheraton Hotel is open, but it’s very expensive.

My two favorite places I stayed are the Royal Sana’a Apartments, and the Royal Sana’a International Hotel. The Apartment was located near Baghdad Street in the new city and the Royal Sana’a International Hotel was on Taiz Street just south of Bab Al-Yaman. Both Hotels were about 30 US dollar per night and were very comfortable.

Yemen Travel Information

Location: Sana’a, Yemen

Tour Company: Cameleers Tours

Guide Book: Bradt Guide Book Yemen

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Good day ! Your blog is very useful. I just have some inquiries. What do you mean by “Socotra Island is exempt from the Yemeni Visa? Then what country should i get my visa from if I depart from South Korea? It is my greatest wish to visit Socotra I hope you can enlighten me.

Halo, is it safe for women to travel there?

Wow. So amazing that you have traveled here. I hope to go in the future.

Very good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by chance (stumbleupon).

I’ve book marked it for later!

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Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Sanaa.

Sanaa may not be as popular as other cities in Yemen, but don’t let that fool you. Sanaa is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Sanaa.

If you have plans to visit Yemen and are not sure if Sanaa should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Sanaa and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Sanaa

Here is the list of things to do in Sanaa and tourist attractions in city.

Sana'a International Airport (El Rahaba Airport)

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Address: El Rahaba Airport, Sanaa, Yemen PO Box 886, Sanaa, Yemen

Bab Al Yemen

Bab Al Yemen

Address: Sanaa

Great Mosque

Great Mosque

Address: Sana'a, Yemen

National Museum And Military Museum

National Museum And Military Museum

Khaleej Restaurant

Khaleej Restaurant

Address: Sana'a

Al Shamiri Plaza Hotel

Al Shamiri Plaza Hotel

Address: Al Shamiri Plaza Hotel P.O. Box 4278. Sana'a. Telephone: ( 00 967 - 1 ) 279 100 or 279 592 / 279 798 / 279 346

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1. Old City of Sanaa

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2. Dar al-Hajar

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3. Bab al-Yemen

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4. Al Saleh Mosque

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5. Great Mosque of Sana'a

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6. Al-Khair Mosque

7. queen arwa mosque.

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8. Souk Al-Milh

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9. Weider Gym

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10. Radfan Tours Agency

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The Capital City of Yemen is Sana’a

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Updated on: February 15, 2023

The Capital City of Yemen is Sana’a

Sana’a, Yemen

Sana’a, Yemen is a vibrant and beautiful city with plenty of attractions to explore. From ancient landmarks such as the Great Mosque, to modern facilities at one of the many shopping malls, Sana’a has something for everyone. With its unique architecture and colorful markets, this bustling city is sure to captivate any visitor. Take some time to wander through Old Sana’a where you can experience traditional Yemeni culture first-hand; or visit Wadi Dahr National Park located outside the city. No matter what your interests are, there’s no shortage of places in Sana’a that will keep you fascinated

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  • Weather in Sana’a and Yemen
  • Food and Cuisine in Sana’a and Yemen
  • Landmarks and attractions across Yemen
  • Hotels in Sana’a and in Yemen
  • Reviews and Stories from Sana’a
  • , 1. What are the best hotels in Sana’a?
  • 2. Are there any affordable accommodation options in the city?
  • 3. How do I find out about local attractions near my hotel?
  • 4. What safety precautions should tourists be aware of when staying in Sana’a?
  • 5. Is it easy to get around by foot or public transport while staying here?

There are so many things to see and do in Sana’a, Middle East we couldn’t list them all but we want to highlight 5 popular places in Sana’a to give you a feel of the capitol. If you think we have missed anything major or if your favourite thing to do in Sana’a is missing let us know and we would be happy to add it to our travel guide.

  • Old City in Sana’a
  • Al Saleh Mosque in Sana’a
  • Wadi Dhahr Valley in Sana’a
  • Bab al Yemen Souq in Sana’a
  • Jabal Nuqum.in Sana’a

Old City in Sana’a – is a breathtakingly beautiful Unesco World Heritage Site that is full of ancient charm and grandeur. Located in the midst of dramatic mountain scenery, this historic city has been inhabited for over two thousand years and boasts some spectacular architecture from its long-standing past.

The old city itself is filled with winding streets, traditional mud brick homes, bustling bazaars, minarets and mosques galore – all a reminder of days gone by. It’s best to visit during the cooler months between October and March when temperatures are more manageable compared to the scorching summer heat. It’s also

Al Saleh Mosque in Sana’a – is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. Located in the center of the city, it is considered one of Yemen’s most historical and important mosques. This grand structure was built in 1787 by Imam Al Saleh bin Ali Bin Yahya and stands as a representation of Yemeni culture and history.

The mosque’s main prayer hall has domed ceilings that are decorated with intricate designs made from colorful tiles, which gives off a majestic atmosphere when visitors enter its doors. The walls also feature large wooden minbars (a raised platform for delivering sermons) that are intricately carved with

Wadi Dhahr Valley in Sana’a – Wadi Dhahr Valley is a breathtaking natural wonder located in the heart of the desert. The valley was formed by centuries of water erosion, leaving behind deep canyons filled with lush vegetation and grottos. Visitors to this area can explore its winding paths and admire its dramatic landscape from any number of vantage points.

The best time to visit Wadi Dhahr Valley is during the cooler months between October and March when temperatures are milder and more comfortable for walking around. During these months, you’ll be treated to views of picturesque terraced gardens, verdant riverbanks, cascading water

Bab al Yemen Souq in Sana’a – is an iconic market, located in the heart of Sana’a’s old town. The souq is a maze of narrow alleyways lined with colorful stalls selling everything from spices and incense to traditional Yemeni jewelry, pottery, fabrics and antiques. It’s easy to get lost in this bustling maze but that just adds to the excitement and adventure!

Bab al Yemen Souq is open all day long but the best time to visit is early in the morning when merchants are setting up their stalls with fresh wares for sale. Be sure to bring your haggling skills as prices

Jabal Nuqum. in Sana’a – Jabal Nuqum. is a spectacular mountain. Rising up over 2,000 meters from the city of Sana’a, visitors to Jabal Nuqum can enjoy panoramic views and some thrilling hikes. The best time to visit is during the spring months when temperatures are milder and wildflowers are in bloom. There is an abundance of wildlife on this mountain, including wolves, foxes, leopards and hyenas among many other species – making it a great place for nature lovers. It’s also home to some incredible archaeological sites including ancient mosques and tombs dating back centuries that hold

Weather Yemen

When booking a holiday in Sana’a or even Yemen one of the main things to look at is what the weather will be like when you get there. Due to these common weather questions, we have created a separate page talking about what the Whats the weather like in Yemen? .  This included a month-by-month breakdown of what the weather is like and questions travellers have had regarding the climate.

The second biggest concern I an my team have when we travel is what will we eat! I am a big foodie and love to try everything I can the more unique the better. If you want to find out more about the type of food and cuisine in Sana’a and across Yemen check out the Sana’a food page ( Whats the food like in Yemen? )

Landmarks in Yemen

After the weather and food, our attention normally turns to what is there to do in Sana’a or whats worth visiting in Yemen. We have created a list of landmarks, places or interests and attractions to get your travel journey started – What tourist attractions are in or near Yemen?

Hotels in Yemen

Finally, after reading about Yemen’s weather, food, and tourist destinations, you might want to spend some time reading about the best hotels in Sana’a and across Yemen . Hotel information is always changing so please let us know if any of our reviews need updating and please feel free to share your stories and reviews from hotels you visit in both Yemen and Sana’a to help others on their travels. Also, feel to check out our hotel map from Booking.com to quickly find a hotel in Sana’a

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Stories and Reviews from Our Team/Clients in  Sana’a, Yemen

Yemen is a country full of history, culture, and delicious flavors. On my recent visit to Yemen I was able to experience the local cuisine first hand!

My first dish in Yemen was Saltah. It is made up of a stewed meat (usually lamb) with vegetables such as potatoes, onions and tomatoes cooked together on low heat for hours until it reaches an amazing flavor. The broth has complex spices like cumin, turmeric and cardamom which give it its unique taste. To top it off there are also some ingredients that really make it stand out: fenugreek leaves

Do you have a story to share about a visit to Sana’a or Yemen? We would love to hear about it and add it here! Please feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or fill in our contact form .

Frequently Asked Questions About  Sana’a, Yemen

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1. What are the best hotels in Sana’a? – I’m looking for a great hotel to stay in during my visit to the city. I want something that’s comfortable and stylish, but still affordable. Any recommendations?

2. Are there any affordable accommodation options in the city? – The hotels in Sana’a offer a great variety of amenities that will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. From luxurious spas, to fine restaurants and bars, the city’s hotels provide something for everyone. For those looking to relax, many of the rooms come with private balconies overlooking stunning views of the city. The pool and fitness centers are perfect for an active day out on vacation. And if you’re looking for business or leisure activities, there is no shortage of opportunity here either – from high-speed wifi access to conference facilities and meeting rooms – you’ll be able to find whatever

3. How do I find out about local attractions near my hotel? – I’m looking for a place to stay while I’m in Sana’a, but I’d like to keep the cost down. Are there any hotels that offer decent accommodation at an affordable price?

4. What safety precautions should tourists be aware of when staying in Sana’a? – I’m considering staying at a hotel in Sana’a and I’m wondering if it’s safe. Has anyone here had any experience with this? Are there certain areas to avoid or safety tips I should be aware of? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

5. Is it easy to get around by foot or public transport while staying here? – The nearest airport from hotels in Sana’a is about 7 miles away. It’s a quick drive, so you can be at your destination within 20 minutes or less, depending on traffic.

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  • Budget-friendly
  • Good for Big Groups
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2. Dar al-Hajar

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4. Al Saleh Mosque

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5. Great Mosque of Sana'a

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6. Al-Khair Mosque

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8. Souk Al-Milh

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9. Weider Gym

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10. Radfan Tours Agency

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11. Opatrip.com Yemen

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Yemen is on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and sharing borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman . Yemen has had a troubled recent history with civil wars and tribal conflicts predominating. Yemen had committed to a long-term development plan for travel and tourism prior to the crisis in 2011, which became unrealistic after the recent events affecting the country. That said, a smaller, less ambitious and more appropriate plan is now seeking to merely recover pre-crisis travel and tourism levels and improve transportation infrastructure to make access to key destinations easier. Yemenia Airways’ expansion plans were also put on hold in light of the losses incurred by the revolution. Yemen is a difficult country to get around, but the rewards for the persevering visitor are an unforgettable experience, populated with very friendly and open hosts. Despite being adjacent to Saudi Arabia and on the same peninsula as the United Arab Emirates , Yemen is definitely a place apart. This island is labeled as the most alien-looking place on earth, offering a wealth of fauna and flora that does not exist anywhere else. Yemen could be a leading leisure travel and tourism destination in the MENA, and as soon as a sense of guaranteed safety returns to this country it could be very easy to lure back hundreds of thousands of leisure tourists to the country.

Here, we have list the top 10 best tourist places in Yemen, which can make your tour memorable with your family.

10: The Ancient Tombs, Sanaa

It is very interesting fact that the southwestern part of Asia and the northeastern part of Africa are considered as the oldest part of the earth, in Yemen you can find several ancient tombs, which date back to the Paleolithic era. These lands were inhabited by ancient civilizations and cultures before nearly 40,000 years. In western Yemen, in Al-Mahwit area, which is located in Sanaa, there are hundreds of ancient tombs are discovered. These tombs are basically some of the oldest historical landmarks to include in your trip list and, they all are situated in a close proximity to Sanaa.

9: Bottle Trees, Socotra Island

Socotra island is also very famous destination for the tourists, and also famous as the house to other endemic tree spot- The bottle trees. They grow on the rocky terrains, where you will be amazed by the numerous forests with Bottle Trees. Their typical shape is easily remarkable and also allures the tourists to see the amazing wonder of God. The stem of these trees are huge, and it is thicker near the ground and thinner near the crown. The crown itself consists of a couple of branches in most cases, and these branches are embraced by different leaves. The Bottle Trees are really captivating sights to witness during your trekking trip to the rocky terrains of Socotra Island, if these trees bloom and the mountain landscaping is bathed in the alluring view of a golden sunset.

8: Al-Saleh Mosque, Sanaa

Al-Saleh mosque is located in the capital city of Yemen, Sanaa. The truly impressive cultural and historical site is very attractive for the tourists. Getting to the mosque is very easy, and it can be seen from far away within the town. As you get closer to the beautiful facades of AL-Saleh mosque you will be a witness to its amazing Yemeni architectural style, which features four 160 meters-tall minarets and two smaller minarets, four huge domes as well. And the whole building is decorated by lush wooden ornaments and carvings, and the nearby green gardens are picturesque.

7: The old city of Sanaa, Yemen

The old city of Sanaa is situated right in the downtown, and it will capture your mind through the huge variety of awe-inspiring sights. Basically, every single thing within the old city of Sanaa is unique historical landmark. The city was inhabited for over 2,000 years and it boosts a breathtaking concoction of ancient houses with wonderful Islamic architectures. The Ottoman period also left for us a wide variety of hammams, almost hundred mosques and several ancient buildings. During a walk trip within the narrow and scenic streets in the Old City of Sanaa, you will be amazed by the fabulous spirit and charm of this magical town.

6: Yemeni Fortress, Sanaa

Taiz is a small, but picturesque and scenic mountain village in the southwest Yemen, where you can see the fabulous Al-Qahira Castle. This is one of the most impressive and famous destination for the tourist and located on a tall rocky peak. You must include this castle in your trio to Yemen, because the panoramic vistas from the base of the castle are speechless. The wonderful view of this castle also attracts the tourists to make their tour wonderful.

5: Socotra Island, Yemen Gulf of Aden

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Socotra Island is located about 380 Km south of Yemen. This stunning island is isolated by the deep waters of Arabian Sea, and it features in which flora and fauna species also include. Scotra Island is the place of eternity. The shores of Socotra Island are rock, but they are also dotted by a number of completely serene and sand beaches. This unique island, no-doubt is an irresistibly appealing place to visit and you can always find something spectacular.

4: Sand Dunes, Socotra Island

The sand dunes in Scotra Island are one of the famous destinations for the tourists, and also some of its most impressive landscape formations. The dunes on Arther Beach are very common majestic place. They are really huge and dominated only by the immense mountain hills and clear blue sky also attracts the tourists.

3: Archer Beach, Socotra Island

Arher beach is another attractive place to must visit during your trip tour to Socotra Island; here you can enjoy a unique natural splendor and wide variety of outdoor activities. The white sandy beaches and immense sand dunes are located near the north side of the Socotra coast. The warm and crystal clear water of Arabian Sea will seduce you to put your feet in water and immense completely in heaven, you will feel relax at there. These sandy dunes are irresistible temptations for hikers and climbers, while camping, swimming, photographing, and walking alone near the beach are just few examples for unforgettable activities on Arher Beach.

2: Al Mukalla Harbor, Yemen

It is the main sea port of Yemen, and it is located in the middle of the south coastline of the country. It is quite busting harbor, which is almost filled with the small fishing boats sometimes large boats as well. The famous and typical shapes of most of the boats create the beautiful atmosphere. If you travel with a boat, than Al Mukallah harbor is one of the most amazing spots you must see in Yemen and, within the town you can take full advantage of numerous lodgings, shops, eateries and other amenities.

1: Gulf of Aden, Aden City

It is gulf, and located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen. In the northwest, it connects with the Red Sea through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, which is about 20 miles wide. It shares its name with the port city of Aden in Yemen, which forms the northern shore of the gulf. Historically the Gulf of Aden was known as “The Gulf of Berbera”, named after the ancient Somali port city of Berbera on the south side of the gulf. This is it Yemen - a captivating harmony of history, nature and countless settings for an unforgettable experience and memories. During your vacation or your family trip to the most southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula, make sure to visit all or at least a few of the destinations, mentioned in this list. The Top 10 spots you must see in Yemen are ten really irresistible attractions, which can transform your tour into a unique journey. The caressing sunshine, the golden sunset and the fascinating spectacular landscapes will become your best friends as well.

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You must visit Hadramout city there were a lot of ancient tourist attractions such as Shibam the first towers in the world and Tarim lighthouse , have a nice trip .

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Our choices of tours in Yemen are divided into thematic features such as the Wadi Dawan desert valley, the historical cities, the UNESCO site of Shibam (the Manhattan of the Desert), the religious sites, and the Socotra experience.

Yemen is a fantastic travel destination with exciting and engaging cultural elements. It has a rich history, remarkable architecture, and natural wonders spread across a tiny part of the Middle East. Soaked in history, amazing landscapes, and absorbing cultural heritage. Many people want to travel in Yemen , but it is a country many forget. Nevertheless, Yemen has everything to impress those pursuing adventure travel packages. The exotic Yemen culture can be experienced with our carefully selected Yemen tours to its wide variety of monuments and cities, mixed landscapes, and very welcoming population.

Yemen is a country located in the Middle East .

It is easy touring Yemen mainly because of its geographic location.

Choosing and booking a tour of Yemen can be complicated because most people don’t understand the country’s geographic proportions.

Join one of our Yemen packages and travel the region safely with our expertise.

Our Yemen excursions have one option for departure. You can choose the city of Sana’a as your arrival city for our Yemen tours.

Yemen tour package options are extensive since the country is full of monuments and things to do.

Visiting the top Yemen tourist places will delight those who enjoy ancient archaeological sites, history, religion, stunning nature, and friendly smiles.

Your vacation in Yemen package will be unforgettable because of the region’s unique architecture, exotic destinations, and generous people.

The opportunity of being a Yemen tour operator gives us great joy since we’re very proud of promoting this beautiful and unique destination.

We feel happy to provide unforgettable Yemen travel experiences that will create long-lasting memories.

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Yemen’s practical information

  • Population: 30 million people.
  • Area: 214,000 sq. km. 2.16 times the size of the U.K.
  • Land borders: Saudi Arabia (1,458 km or 906 mi), Oman (288 km or 179 mi).
  • Length of coastline: 1,906 km.
  • Capital city: Sanaa (3.5 million people).
  • Languages: Arabic (official).
  • Electricity/Plug Type: 230 V / 50 Hz / plug types: A, D, G.

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Highlights of the most Beautiful Places in Yemen : Socotra Island, Seiyun, Shibam, Nabi Hud Shrine, Qabr Ahmad al Habashi, Tarim, Wadi Dawan, Al Hajjrarein, Saif, Haid Al Jazeel, Beit Bukshan, Mukalla, Al-Ghaydah, Shahan, Hababah Water Cistern, Brick Buildings of Zabid, Shaharah, Dar al-Hajar, Cisterns of Tawila, Queen Arwa Mosque, Bayt Baws, Minaret of Al-Muhdhar Mosque, Tower of Silence.

Travel in Yemen FAQ

As a travel agency in Yemen , we guarantee that your expedition is both pleasurable and enlightening while also being trouble-free.

Are these trips private tours?

Yes, these Yemen tours are made so that only you, your family, and your friends will travel together. You will not be traveling to Yemen along with people you never met. We also have group tours available if you’re interested.

How much is the price of monument tickets in Yemen?

Considering that you’re interested in one of our tours, the prices of monument and museum entrances in Yemen are not really relevant. All our tours include entrance tickets for the most famous attractions. So you don’t have to worry about this matter.

What is the best way to fly in and out of Yemen?

Our tours in mainland Yemen only start in Salalah city . So, the best way to fly to Yemen is through Oman. It is crucial to have an early hotel or airport pick-up so that we have a decent time to drive to the border, make all necessary border formalities, and drive all the way to Seiyun before dark. We will pick you up at your hotel at 6 am or directly at the airport if your flight arrives before that and you are ready to leave early.

How much will the flight tickets for this tour cost?

Prices vary depending on the time of the year and how much you purchase your tickets in advance. But usually, we can say that a round-trip ticket from most European cities to Oman will cost around 500 Euros up to 800 Euros, depending on the season. You can also try to fly to Dubai and, from there, get another airplane straight to Salalah.

What is the capital city of Yemen?

The capital of Yemen is Sanaa , with a population of approximately 2.5 million people. Sanaa is still not safe enough for a visit. But the Hadramout region can be visited.

Is Yemen a country that is safe to travel to?

Our destination manager was in Yemen recently preparing this tour , so you can safely enjoy your holidays in Yemen. This way, we know what to expect and guarantee the best service with reliable, updated knowledge. Is Yemen a safe country to travel is essential to fully understand this prime adventure holiday destination.

Many parts of Yemen are relatively safe, while other parts of Yemen are not safe to travel to. The itinerary might change due to last-minute arrangements or security warnings. Always follow the guide’s instructions, and above all, be flexible with plan changes.

Obvsislouy, our Yemen tour packages are limited to the safe controlled regions of Hadhramaut. Hadhramaut Governorate in Yemen is safe to visit, yet the country is unstable, and you have to be open to changing your itinerary. Following the lead of our private tour guide is crucial to travel safely.

Our adventure travel company aims to ensure the best service with maximum safety standards. During your tour in Yemen, you will always be accompanied by an English-speaking professional guide who will also be your driver.

Conclusion : Within the Hadhramaut Governorate government-controlled regions, the country is safe to visit except for some specific regions you will not visit during this trip.

Is Yemen a tourist country?

Yemen is one of the world’s most unique countries regarding historical, natural, and cultural heritage. Being at the junction of different cultures, the country possesses a rich history reflecting the number of Yemen tourist attractions and monuments spread throughout the nation’s massive size within its region.

While you visit Yemen, you can indulge in thousand-year-old ancient monuments of all types and shapes.

There are 4 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in Yemen: the Old Walled City of Shibam, the Old City of Sana’a, the Historic Town of Zabid, Socotra Archipelago.

In addition to its inscribed UNESCO sites in Yemen , there is a list of more than 10 properties on its tentative list: The archaeological site of Marib, the Historic city of Saada, The Historic City of Thula, The Madrasa Amiriya of Rada, Jibla and its surroundings, Jabal Haraz, Jabal Bura, Balhaf/Burum coastal area, The Hawf Area, Sharma/Jethmun coastal area. The perfect example of Azerbaijan’s history can be seen when choosing your itinerary.

As Yemen tour operators, we fully design our packages to fulfill all your needs. We know the country by heart and provide the best services, partners, guides, and accommodations we personally visited and examined.

How to get a Yemen tourist visa?

When you book our Yemen tours, please consider that it takes two weeks for us to order your visa to Yemen. Your passport must be valid for at least six months. Our driver for the transfer, Salalah-Seiyun will guide you and help you with all these simple procedures.

Why do our tours start in Salalah, Oman?

After operating in Yemen for a while, we decided only to sell and provide trips departing from the Omani city of Salalah. We share our thoughts about the trip taking into account this trip’s detail.

1- The unreliability of the flights from Cairo-Seyun-Cairo. Although there are five weekly flights between Cairo and Seyun, the situation on the ground is that if they don’t have enough passengers, they postpone the flights to the next one, the next one, and the next one. We cannot afford to have clients stuck on the ground because of uncertain flight departures.

2- We understand that the way from Salalah to Seyun is almost a one-day lost feeling, yet, enjoy the ride and live it as it is. You’re in Yemen. After crossing the border, our guide will make sure you go to the local qat market, and you will enjoy a local restaurant before heading to the hotel and rest, preparing yourself for the next day.

3- Don’t book a flight out of Oman on the day of arrival from Yemen. You must ensure you get your flight and can afford a few-hour delay to arrive in Salalah. Book a hotel in Salalah in advance.

4- Consequently, the Yemeni visa (included in the tour package) that we negotiated with the local authorities reflects our decision, and it works as a border-crossing visa.

How are the hotels in Yemen?

Hotel standards in Yemen will possibly not be the best in terms of Western standards,m but our tour tries to offer you the best in terms of security, staff, and service. Check our page about Hotels in Yemen .

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5 most interesting attractions of yemen for visitors.

Yemen is one of the most important countries of middle east in Arabian peninsula that has interesting cultural history. It was a very prosperous trading place reference of which is found in Bible as Sheba. Later it had Jewish and Christianity influences. Islamic influence came much later on but spread very rapidly during 7th century AD. Yemen has interesting elements of ancient world. Besides it has some unique natural wonders too. Yemen was a very popular place for tourism until 2011 when the country faced political turmoil. Now things are improving. Tourism is on a slow rise again in that part of the world. Sanaa, the most important city of the country has some excellent hotels for travelers to stay.

Here Are 5 Most Interesting Attractions Of Yemen For Visitors:

1. the ancient city of sanaa.

UNESCO has declared four places as world heritage sites in Yemen. The ancient city of Sanaa is one of those. A more than thousand year old city that has interesting residential areas and architectures with Islamic influence. The most famous is the imposingly spectacular Al Saleh mosque. Apart from architecture like mosques Sanaa has amazing buildings with several stories designed with distinctive geometrical ways.

The Ancient City Of Sanaa

2. Shaharah Bridge

If you love architectural wonders then you should pay a visit to Shaharah in north west Yemen to see this old architectural wonder. Shaharah is a village situated in a mountainous region. This bridge was built in 17th century over a deep gorge. It was a limestone structure that still holds and strikes awe to whoever sees it.

Shaharah Bridge

3. The Otherworldly Socotra Island

This is one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO in Yemen. This island is famous world wide for its alien planet like beauty and features. It has amazing rugged terrain filled with rocks, blue green sea, sandy beaches some of which has massive sand dunes. But special mention must be done to those Dragon Blood Trees popularly known as Bottle Trees. These amazing trees have thick stems and the upper part is raher slim than the lower portion. When a tree is full grown and has its leaves and branches it certainly looks something out of the world. Visitors flock to this island in Yemen to see this matural wonder.

The Otherworldly Socotra Island

4. The Ruins Of Marib

Marib is one of the ancient places of Yemen that historians think to be the ancient Sheba described in Bible. There are several ancient ruins in that area that can be dated back to several years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The most famous ruin is the throne of Balquis, the moon god in Arabian culture. At present five vertical massive columns represent the throne which can be dated back to 8th century BC. Other ruins include an ancient dam that also belonged to the same period as the throne of Balquis and the temple of Marib. Marib is situated at a distance of 120 km from Sanaa.

The Ruins Of Marib

5. The Heritage City Of Zabid

Zabid was ancient capital of Yemen from 13th to 15th century AD. The city is famous for the great mosque which was built in 7th century AD by a follower of the Prophet of Islam. For this reason Zabid has been declared as a world heritage site of Yemen by UNESCO.  But the state of conservation is poor in the city. That is why Zabid is placed in the world heritage site in danger list of UNESCO. Still a tourist can visit the place for its heritage.

The Heritage City Of Zabid

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