Yemen honeymoon

Yemeni History

Historically, Yemen has come into significance at times only to fade into general obscurity. In the 10th century BC, the Queen of Sheba ruled her civilization in what is now Yemen. Latter in biblical times, Frankincense and Myrrh, the most valuable commodity of that time, originated in Yemen. Also then most goods from India and China passed through Yemen on their way to the Mediterranean. Then three hundred years ago, Yemen had the world's monopoly on coffee which was produced from the prized Arabica coffee bean. Much of the coffee was shipped from the old port town of Al-Makha -- where we now get the name "Mocca". Later this bean was carried to South America and Indonesia. Since then little has been heard about Yemen in the western world.

Religiously, Yemen is a Moslem nation. Five times a day the call to prayer is blasted from speakers mounted on minarets throughout every city and town. In strict Moslem tradition to preserve modesty, the women are dressed head to toe in black with only a tiny slit for their eyes. Very stylish shoes are the only thing that hint of non-traditionalism. The shoes are as modern as any seen on the streets of European capitals. Inside the house when around family and friends, the outer robes come off to reveal very modern outfits.

Geographically Yemen is very diverse. The 7,000 mountains of the western half provide a perfect climate for growing some of the finest coffee in the world. Whereas, the northern desert that boarders Saudia Arabia is a barren flat dry hot rocky desert. On the southern coast the fine white sand beaches give way to the clear blue waters of the gulf of Aden.

Activities & Adventure

Horse and Camel Racing

It is one of the old favorite sports for Arabs and of course Yemen, as Yemen the origin of Arabs.  The traditional horse racing is one of the Qarnaw festival events and this event considered the first in the Yemeni desert,

The Red Sea is an old waterway where Egyptian Stelae and Turkish shipwrecks reveal the rise and fall of empires. It is considered one of the best diving areas in the world and the stunning coral reefs in the southern extremes of the Red Sea.

Like in the legend of Suleiman and his bird who cross the Yemen to see the queen of Sheba, have fun and discover our country by flying above mountains, seas...
Trekking and Hiking

Yemen offers some of the best opportunities in the world for trekking, especially in the mountains north-west of Sana'a. There, the distances between villages are short, a few hours on foot at most, plenty of picturesque and stupendous views, fascinating landscape, open-minded and helpful people.

Cultural activities

Old Sana’a

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.

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