, or the Yemeni Republic, is a state of South-West Asia, located on the Arabian Peninsula, in its southern part. Neighbors of Yemen are Saudi Arabia and Oman, and the coasts of this country are washed by the Red and Arabian seas. Yemen is interesting because it is one of the oldest centers of civilization.
Today the population of the republic is about 20 million people, and it is growing rapidly. This is due to the high birth rate in the country. According to the UN, there are 6.8 children per woman on average, as a result, 46% of the total number of citizens in the country are children under 15 years old.
Despite the growth in oil production, Yemen remains one of the poorest Arab countries, which entails high mortality (especially among mothers). About this country is known much less than, say, the Arab Emirates or hot political points – Iran, Iraq, Kuwait. Consider the most popular misconceptions about this country.
Yemen is somewhere in Africa.
The country is located in the Middle East, and from Africa it is separated by the Bab el Mandeb Strait.
In Yemen, you will definitely become a hostage.
The American guidebook “Lonely Planet”, giving advice on visiting this country, recommends: “If you were kidnapped in Yemen – relax, study the local culture and the Arabic language.” The cases of kidnapping tourists did happen, but the terrorists did not demand anything from the foreigners themselves, perceiving them really as guests. The demand for redemption was not financial, but political. The kidnappers demanded from their own state any rights or benefits. Usually it ended with a happy release of tourists. And recently, thanks to the actions of the government of Yemen, this problem has practically been eradicated.
There is South Yemen and North.
To enter the territory of each one you need your own visa. Back in the 90s of the last century, these two parts of Yemen have united into a single republic, naturally no special visas are required. It’s strange, but many tourists for some reason do not know about it.
Yemen is an extremely unsafe place for a tourist, there you can easily die from terrorist attacks or aggressive population.
Yemen is most often mentioned in the media in connection with some tragic events, so it seems that the country only lives armed clashes and terrorist attacks. In fact, this Arab country is one of the safest in the world. Cases of theft, terrorist attacks, attacks are extremely rare. The locals themselves are very hospitable and inquisitive, friendly to tourists. It is no coincidence that the flow of tourists visiting Yemen is growing every year.
It is extremely difficult for women to be in Yemen without a veil – they will be thrown with stones or taken to slavery.
According to one of the central television channels, information was heard that in Yemen, a man is enough to shower a woman with petals of blossoming jasmine for taking her into slavery and personal property. In fact, this republic is a Muslim country that adheres to Sharia law. According to them, a man and a woman hold together only a legal marriage. In Yemen, foreigners are not required to comply with Islamic laws, if they are not Muslim women. Therefore, many tourists, including lonely, quietly travel around the country with an open face, in trousers. To reveal respect for local customs, it is enough to choose a decent outfit, excluding a mini-skirt or calling decollete.
A local resident will never invite a stranger to visit.
According to this belief, Yemenis hold the belief: “My house is my fortress”. This myth arose in telecasts, in which reporters tried to visit local residents. However, many of us will let an uninvited stranger into the house, especially, together with the crew? In fact, the people of Yemen are very hospitable, it is possible that they will invite a foreigner into the house.
The relief of Yemen is extremely scarce.
Usually Yemen is a large and hot desert with skyscrapers of Shibam made of clay. The climate of the country is unbearably hot. But photos of Shibam do not characterize the whole country. Yemen has a diverse nature, with different climatic zones. In the country you can find mountains with terraced fields, palm groves, unique sandstone rocks. The sea coast is famous for many kilometers of beaches. The vegetable and animal world is very rich.
In Yemen, the New Year is celebrated on November 18.
The New Year is celebrated in the country according to the lunar calendar, so its offensive comes every year on different dates. Perhaps, with the help of journalists, this myth has been counted from the very year when the celebration fell on that date. Yemen is extremely poor in choosing food.
They say that there is absolutely nothing in this country. Usual food – rice and fried chicken, why travelers suffer from indigestion of the stomach. The roots of this myth grow from the reviews of tourists who visited the country during the holiday of Id. At this time, the country freezes trade, almost all restaurants and cafes are closed, and only cheap eateries work. In them, the real dish is chicken with rice. The travelers decided that there was simply no other cuisine in the country. In fact, Yemeni cuisine is one of the best in this region. Skillful chefs offer hundreds of dishes from vegetables, meat, poultry. Yemen is also famous for its fragrant bread and refined coffee.
It is very troublesome to obtain a Yemeni visa.
In fact, this is not the case. You can get a visa as long ago as in Russia, so on arrival, at the airport of Sana’a. By the way, the second option is cheaper, and less troublesome. For some reason, even the scientists studying the East believe in the myth of the closure of the country.