Yemen, officially called the Republic of Yemen (Al-Yaman in arabic), it is an Arab Country in the Southwest of Asia, bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea to the south, and Oman to its east. Yemen is the 2nd largest Country on the Penninsul and has a 2000km long coastline. Yemen is also known for its coffee.
Since in recent years, the country has endured revolution and conflict it is not the safest place to visit. But our interesting yemen facts will give you a nice overview about this arabic country.
Quick Facts (source)
Capital and Largest City: Sanaa
Population: approx. 19,700,000
Currency: Yemeni rial (YER)
Religion: Mainly Muslim
Main exports: Crude Petroleum, Gas and Coal Tar Oil (source)
Top 10 Interesting Facts About Yemen
1. Yemen’s territory includes more than 200 islands, the largest of these Islands is Socotra.
2. Yemen does not posses a lot of natural resources and belongs to the poorest nations in the middle east.
3. Yemenis take much pride in their wedding traditions and have interesting ceremonys. An average wedding feast lasts about 21 days.
4. Yemen is an ultraconservative Muslim country (like most arabic countries). Homosexual behavior is punishable by death, and it is even forbidden to take pictures of women. Alcohol is banned too.
5. Yemen claims to be the ancient homeland of “Queen of Sheba” (Balqis or Bilqis in Arabic). Her dealings with the Jewish king Solomon have been mentioned in the Bible and Qur’an
6. Yemen is the only republic country in the middle east, the others are Kingdoms or emirates.
7. Compared to recent years Yemen in ancient times was a rich and wealthy nation that traded in frankincense, myrrh and spices
8. Until 1565 Yemen was ruled by Turkey.
9. Yemen has one of the highest birth rates of all middle eastern countries.
10. Since this is an conservative and rather old fashioned country, most marriages are still arranged by families: a bridegroom’s female relatives suggest potential brides to him and his father, who come to a decision according to the rules of martial conformity. In most cases, the woman’s father asks her about her wishes before the marriage contract is prepared. Bridegroom and bride are attached to their respective descent groups through the male line: The father of the bridegroom has to pay a brideprice mahr . The bride´s family is expected to help her in times of hardship.
That´s it about Yemen, would love to hear your experience and facts if you ever been in Yemen.