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A time warp in Yemen

Posted Feb. 15, 20134
Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is located the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, south of Saudi Arabia and west of the Sultanate of Oman. Being the second largest country in the Arabian Peninsula it has a long coastline and claims ownership over more than 200 islands. While large parts of Yemen is desert or semi-desert, some mountain peaks rise up to 3,700 m (12,100 ft) above sea level. The old city core of Sana’a is ancient. In fact, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (others being Jericho, Palestine, as well as Damascus and Aleppo in Syria and Arbil in Iraq). When done with Sana’a, head over to the amazing Hadhramaut Valley in central Yemen to the town of Shibam Hadhramaut, described as “the oldest skyscraper city in the world” and “the Manhattan of the desert”.  Most everybody across Yemen still wears their traditional clothing, and many men wear as symbolic decoration the jambiya, a short curved blade dagger. PHOTOS.  READ MORE...