Yemen In brief
Official Name: Al Jumhuriyah al Yamaniyah (Republic of Yemen)
Location: in the south-west corner of the Arabian Peninsula (South-west
Population: 16 million
Area: 555,000 sqkm with altitudes of up to 3,700m (over 12,000 ft).
Capital: Sana'a population: 900,000; altitude 2,300m
Largest Cities: Sana'a, Aden
Government: Republic headed by a president and a vice president
Language (s): Arabic
Ethnic Group (s): Arab
Religion (s): Islam
The diversity of the climate here, is another advantage, where it is
always fresh with sunshine all round the year. In the mountains it can
be cool (at night & early morning, otherwise warm days) and moderate on
the coast of Indian Ocean and the Red Sea in winter, whereas in summer
it is fresh and moderate in the mountains and can be hot but bearable on
the coasts & the deserts.
Air Access to Sana'a
Yemenia from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome
Egypt Air from Cairo
Royal Jordanian from Amman
Gulf Air from Bahrain & Abu Dhabi
Emirates from Dubai
Lufthansa from Frankfurt
KLM from Amsterdam
Sana'a International : 15 km from city centre.
International & domestic airports in Taiz, Aden, Riyan, Seyun, Hodeidah.
Visa applications must be made with the embassy of Yemen in the country
of residence. For countries where Yemen has no diplomatic
representation, visas can be arranged locally. For this service
available from Future Tours Industries, passport details must be sent to
us at least 20 days in advance.
Passports bearing Israeli visas are not accepted.
Customs & currency regulations
Entry of 2 litres alcohol (for non moslims) & 200 cigarettes is allowed.
There are no restrictions on cameras. No special declarations are
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers
cheques brought into the country.
No vaccination is compulsory, although for up to date information we
recommend you contact your local medical organisation.
1 May (Labour Day)
22 May (Unity Day)
7 July (National Victory Day)
26 September (National Day)
14 October (National Day)
30 November (National Day)
Islamic holidays :
Eid al-Fitr (Ramadhan)
Hijra new year
Ramadhan :The 9th lunar month during which Muslims fast all along
daylight hours. Non Muslims are asked to respect those fasting by
refraining from eating, drinking and smoking in public places. Office
and shop hours change during this month. Opening hours are prolonged in
Government : Sat. to Wed. 08:00 to 15:00
Banks : Sat. to Thu. 08:00 to 13:00
Offices : Sat. to Thu. 08:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
Shops : Everyday, all day until late.
The country's currency is the Yemeni Riyal (YR). Bank notes of 5, 10,
20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 are in circulation and have English and
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers.
The rate of exchange varies.
Major credit cards are accepted in international hotels and a limited
number of retailers. Shopping requires cash. Thomas Cook and American
Express travellers cheques can be exchanged at these companies
representative offices in Sana'a.
International standard service of European and Oriental food is
available at major hotels. A small number of good quality touristic
restaurants operate in the main cities.
Hundreds of typical Yemeni restaurants, very simple and inexpensive,
serve traditional meat and fish dishes all over the country. Food is
fresh and healthy.
Zahaweg Askary: (A spicy sauce made from fresh tomatoes, green peppers
Zahaweg Jobn: (A spicy sauce made from fresh tomatoes, green peppers and
spices and Yemeni goat cheese)
Shafuut : (Bread with yoghurt, mint, spices and herbs)
Helba : (Sauce made from various spices and herbs)
Bent Assahn: (Puff pastry covered with honey)
Buraik : (Puff pastry stuffed with minced meat)
Sabaya : (Typical Yemeni bread covered with honey)
Shorbat Adas: (Lentil Soup)
Shorbat Khudhar: (Vegetable Soup)
Shorbat Borr: (Barley Soup)
Marag Lahm: (Meat Soup)
Hanid: (Lamb meat cooked in typical oven with spices)
Kabsa: (Rice with Lamb meat)
Agda: (Lamb meat cooked with vegetables, tomato sauce and spices)
Mohkbazat Sayd: (Fish cooked in typical oven with a spicy tomatoe
Fattt Marag: (Dry bread with meat soup)
Foul: (Broad Beans)
Mushakkal: (Mixed vegetables)
Kudam: (10 different types of whole meal flour)
Meluuj: (Wheat Flour)
Shaeer: (Barley Flour)
Ruumi: (Maiz Flour)
Kafua' Bilsen: (Lentils Flour)
Khobz: (Wheat Flour)
PHOTO - Please do not take photographs of women, you may ask men &
children by pointing to your camera, and they rarely refuse. Film
with video or movie camera requires permission from the tourism
department and can be arranged by our office.
SUNGLASSES - It is advisable to use sunglasses during your tour.
SHORTS - Are understood in Yemen as under pants. For this reason,
men & women should not wear shorts.
SHOES - Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
CLOTHES FOR WOMEN - Wide garments that do not cling to the body and
cover the delicate arms and calves as a rule.
CAPS - Due to the strong sun (especially in the mountains), you
should wear some kind of headgear, a hat, cap or scarf.
ELECTRICITY - Yemen electricity supply is 220 volts Ac.50HZ, so you
may need an adapter.
WATER - Tap water in the major cities is drinkable, bottled table
water is recommended to drink in the countryside.