|Currency||Yemeni rial (YER)|
|Government||United parliamentary republic|
The Republic of Yemen is situated at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula and, benefits from a privileged geographical position with more than 2,000 kilometres of coast line stretching from the Red Sea in the West along the Gulf of Aden to the South and to the Arabian Sea in the East.
The favourable location of Yemen, which is the only country on the Arabian Peninsula to experience regular and significant rainfall, distinguishes it from other countries in the region for the variety of its outstanding natural heritage and diverse environments. Its strategic position has for millennia also placed it at the heart of trade and cultural exchange between East and West.
Alluring Yemen with its ancient and diverse cultural heritage and pre-Islamic influences that even now distinguish the independent spirit and traditions of the Yemeni people is full of natural beauty from the desert of Al-Rub Al-Khali the (Empty Quarter) to the green valleys of the Rasyan region, from the Socotra archipelago – Yemen’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the most important natural heritage in the Middle East – to the central plateaus that reach over 3,000 metres.
Yemen has three cities on UNESCO’s World Heritage List: Sana’a, Shibam Hadhramaut and Zabid – great open air museums, their architecture and nature preserved over centuries in the typical markets and in ancient temples. This marvellous and fascinating country offer opportunities to even to the most adventurous traveller to live a unique and incredible experience that bridges the present and the past.
Cities and archaeological sites in Yemen are numerous and situated throughout the country.
Our Yemeni Olympians – and already champions – at the Olympic Games London 2012 are from the next three cities:
The town is famous in Yemen for its numerous historical mosques and schools, which are distinguished by their beautiful characteristic architecture in harmony with the coloTurs of its volcano land. Read more
It is the capital of Yemen. Sana’a is considered a living open air museum, a place that has preserved its ancient architectural style which has made it famous all over the world. The old city of Sana’a, which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, is one of the most ancient cities in the Arab world and is distinguished by its unique and ancient buildings.
Sana’a, the old city, with more than 50 mosques, minarets, luxurious gardens, hammams and its unique market, is the first jewel of Yemen and starting point for an incredible trip in this legendary land. Read more
One of the most ancient capitals of Yemen, Taiz is famous for its traditional districts and mosques dating from the Rasulid times and for its lively market. Read more