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Old Sanaa

In the mid – 1970s UNESCO declared Sana’a one of the most endangered cities in the world – endangered by redevelopment. In 1986 it was given World Heritage status – a testimony to the importance of its mosques and minarets, schools, suqs (markets), samsarahs (hostelry-warehouses), palaces, hammams (public baths) and the tower houses.

Shibam Hadramuot

 Around the 3rd century AD the ancient Hadhramout capital of Shabwa was destroyed, and Shibam became the new capital of the region. The city had existed for several centuries before its promotion, and it had been besieged in previous years before the Himyarite Kingdom finally proved superior to that of Hadhramout.


According to archaeological excavations, Zabid was probably a much larger city in the past than it is now. A magnificent old walled town in a fertile region watered by Wadi Zabid, the southern Tihama's major wadi, it lay in the coastal region's main north-south overland trade route and also had access to Red Sea ports and maritime trade,


It is the most impressive archaeological site and best preserved ancient walled town in Yemen. It once had more than fifty towers and two gates, and its walls reached up to 14m high. Lying in the wide Wadi Fardha, it was previously known as Yathil, the dominant town in the Minaeen kingdom and an important centre for the incense trade.

Wadi Dhahr

Near to Sana'a, Wadi Dhar has most local species of inland birds, except vultures; but particularly interesting is the mule track from Shibam up to Kawkaban. This 45 minute walk rises nearly 923 m , with Tristrams Grackle, larks, wheatears and doves in abundance at the bottom, eagles, ravens and vultures at the top.

Tarim palaces

Places, palaces everywhere in Tarim. Many wealthy families have constructed mud-brick places after their return to Tarim. The city currently has 25 such buildings, many of which were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s as a means to boost the local economy, which had suffered during World War II.


Soon after passing Al Qabai, the famous seventeenth century bridge comes into view, which join the Jebel Al Amir and the Jebel Feesh. This astonishing work was constructed by the architect Salah Al –Yaman to connect the settlement of Shaharah tough limestone blocks.

Bilquis Throne

The great temple of Marib, the Awwam (sometimes called Mahram Bilqis) is dedicated to the moon god Almaqah. It was partly excavated by Wendell Phillips' expedition of 1951-2. A series of monolithic pillars, probably the propylaeum, mark the entrance to the temple, which may have been used as a sanctuary.

Dam of Marib

Marib is also the site of one of the world's great ancient structures – a magnificent feat of early engineering and masonry techniques. This is the dam across Wadi Adhana, the largest wadi in the south Arabian highlands. Its purpose was to hold and to divert the water, which flooded down the wadi from time to time during the rainy season, over the nearby agricultural land.


National Museum:
Housed in one of the Imam’s palaces, the exhibitions running over three floors cover Islamic scripts, craft, agriculture and of course archaeology.

Wedding Dances

 Make a guest appearance at a Yemeni wedding.
These are tremendously joyous occasions in Yemen and you may feel honored if you have been invited to one.

Yemen Tourism Promotion Board.