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Last updated : Nov 2009
Yemen Travel Guide
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Travel warning

All travel to the area around Saada in northern Yemen is advised against, mainly due to heavy fighting that has occurred there since 20 June 2004. The Yemen Tourist Police are discouraging single travel outside Sana’a and require all such travellers to apply for permission. There is still considered to be a continuing large threat from terrorism and that, in particular, international terrorists are targeting western, including British, interests in Yemen. Travellers should visit 1 of the following government websites for the latest risk assessment:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Website: www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Tel: +44 (0)870 606 0290.

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Website: www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/sos/warnings-en.asp

The Republic of Yemen is bordered by Oman, Yemen and the Gulf of Aden. To the west lies the Red Sea. Yemen is primarily mountainous, supporting terraced agriculture. The Central Region, extremely cultivated for centuries, is the site of many of the major towns. Sana’a, the capital, dates back to the 1st century.

The citadel, Qasr al-Silah, was rebuilt after the arrival of Islam in the 7th century. The Great Mosque of Sana’a is the oldest and biggest of the mosques in Sana’a. Ta’izz lies in the south at an altitude of 1,400 metres (4,590 feet). The old city has been all but swallowed up by modern developments but stunning old houses and mosques remain within the 13th century city walls. The port of Aden is mentioned in the Biblical Book of Ezekiel (c. 6th century BC).

There is a set of pre-Islamic artefacts in the National Museum of Antiquities near Tawahi Harbour. To the south of Aden is Little Aden, in the crater of an extinct volcano, this is an area of small fishing villages, with many superb beaches fringing the Indian Ocean. The seafood is chiefly recommended, as is haradha (a mincemeat and pepper dish).
Useful travel links
Lonely Planet Guide to Yemen from lonely planet
Yemen Yemen Embassy