In this post, we’ll talk about Yemen. We’ll learn about Yemen people, Yemen language, Yemen religion, Yemen map, and we’ll be checking if Yemen is a country or a city, if Yemen is safe to visit, what to do in Yemen while you are there, sightseeing places to visit in Yemen!
Introduction to Yemen
The Middle East is mostly known as the conflict area between the world powers, however, these countries are amazing in tourism, such as the Arab states around the Persian Gulf, where you can find countries such as Bahrain, ranked as one of the best countries to be an expat.
Yemen is the country we all know from Yemen related news. Unfortunately this country didn’t have the opportunity to show its bright side to the world but in this post, we’ll see what Yemen has to offer in Tourism.
Let’s start with the recent history of Yemen.
Recent history of Yemen
Yemen’s colonization by the UK
Yemen was colonized by the UK for a while. At one point, even Queen Elizabeth visited Yemen in 1954.
Yemen’s independence from the UK
Yemen gained independence from the UK on 26 September 1962. Yemen was divided into two different states called the Yemen Arab Republic that was established on 26 September 1962, and South Yemen that was established on 30 November 1967.
However, Yemen as we know it today was unified on 22 May 1990.
People in Yemen
Ethnic groups in Yemen
Yemen has a population of 28.5 million people. About 93% of Yemen people are Arab while the rest are Somalis, Afro-Arab, and Indian-Pakistani.
Official language in Yemen
The sole official language in Yemen is Arabic but as a former British colony, English is widely taught in this country, especially in southern Yemen. There are also some notable Russian speaking people, mostly living in the capital, Sana’a because of cross-marriages mostly in the 70s and 80s.
Religion in Yemen
Yemen is a Muslim country. Half of the Yemeni people are Sunni Muslim and the other half are Zaidiyyah (Shia Muslim).
There are approximately 50 Jews left in Yemen. About 200 Yemenite Jews were taken to Israel through the Jewish agency in 2016.
What to do in Yemen
Yemen’s safety for tourists
Yemen is not a safe place to visit for now, but here’s the video of the latest foreigner tourist that stepped far inside the mainland Yemen, Drew Binsky.
Dar al-Hajar was the palace for the Royal family. It’s been used for a few years until the 1962 Yemen revolution that they changed it to a public museum.
Detwah Lagoon Ramsar Site (ديطواح لاجون) in Yemen
Detwah Lagoon Ramsar Site is a Yemenite lagoon in the Arabian sea. Detwah Lagoon Ramsar Site is famous as ‘a jewel of biodiversity’ in the Arabian Sea.
Detwah Lagoon Ramsar Site is a UNESCO world heritage site.
If you’d like to enter Yemen but are afraid of the ongoing civil war, Detwah Lagoon Ramsar Site is the safest place in Yemen in 2020 which is far away from mainland Yemen.