YEMEN TRAVEL GUIDE
Yemen is a country of contrasts, of past and present, where people still live in medieval times of the Arabian Nights but are gradually waking up to the fact that there is a vast and excitingly different world outside their vision or knowledge. Despite the lack of resources and recurrent political crises that have prevented the growth of tourism, Yemen is a very exciting country to visit. It is the land of the Thousand and One (Arabian) Nights and the land of the Queen of Sheba. Due to its insularity, Yemen has an unusual cultural heritage acquired over a period of 3000 years of recorded history. There are no holiday resorts in Yemen, western-style hotels are few and many of the country’s remarkable places are inaccessible, yet for the adventurous nothing is impossible, and it is worth making that effort.
Sadly current travel advice is that you should not travel to Yemen under any circumstances. The country is embroiled in a civil war and the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate. No part of Yemen is safe from violence.
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YEMEN QUICK FACTS
Currency: Yemeni rial (YER)
Area: 527,970 km²
Population: 28,5 million (2018)
Religion: Muslim including Shaf'i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shi'a) 97%
Electricity: 220/50Hz (UK plug)
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YEMEN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 Jan New Year’s Day.
- 1 May Labor Day.
- 22 May National Unity Day.
- 26 Sep Revolution Day.
- 14 Oct National Day.
- 30 Nov Independence Day.
(Also, Maulid an-Nabi, Western Christian and Orthodox Easter, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Al Hijrah, Ashura)
YEMEN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Yemen is a largely arid sub-tropical country where temperature depends primarily on elevation, and, in the coastal areas, is determined by distance from the sea. Mean temperatures in the highlands range from below 15°C in winter to 25°C in summer, and in the coastal lowlands from 22.5°C in winter to up to 35°C in summer. Rainfall regimes differ in the highlands and in coastal areas, with relatively little rainfall received in the center of the country. The annual frequency of rain days increases with elevation, with the mean number of wet days showing a strong decline from west to east. Coastal areas receive 80% of the annual rainfall during the winter months, while rainfall in the highlands follows two distinct rainy seasons: the saif (April-May) and the kharif (July-September).
HEALTH RISKS IN YEMEN
Be aware of possible health risks in
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.