Tour Guide

Yemen Tour Guide: Wadi Hadhramawt

This is the largest wadi in the Arabian peninsula. Situated about 160km from the coast, it follows an east-west route for about 160km through the desert. The wadi bottom drops to a depth of about 300 metres. The region is very fertile and the local population lives on arable farming and goat-herding. There are several archaeological sites in the

Yemen Tour Guide: Al-Mukalla

This is a seaport and fishing centre in the southern part of the Hadhramawt province, and was founded in 1035A.D. as a fishing village. The beautiful white buildings in the old town are of interest to visitors and there are several impressive mosques, notably ar-Rawdha and the Mosque of 'Umar. Outside the town a small fortress, Husn al-Ghuwayzi

Yemen Tour Guide: Ma'in

Once known as Qarnaw, when it was the capital of the Minean Kingdom. There are two well-preserved temples here.

Yemen Tour Guide: Zabid

A small coastal village said to have been the birthplace of algebra in the Middle Ages, when it contained no less than 230 colleges. It was founded in 820 AD by Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Ziyah, father of the Ziyadid dynasty. He also founded an Islamic university there, under the auspices of a prominent religious expert from Baghdad. This,

Yemen Tour Guide: Dhamar

Of pre-Islamic origin. The mosque is worth visiting.

Yemen Tour Guide: Djiblah

Situated 8km south of Ibb, on a hill of basalt between two connecting valleys, this is another former capital of the Yemen from the Middle Ages. It was once the chosen capital of Queen Arwa bint Ahmad (1067 AD to 1138 AD), who ruled for almost 70 years. The Mosque of Queen Arwa is also her tomb. An aqueduct in the upper slopes of the hill above

Yemen Tour Guide: Saada

This is the northernmost provincial capital of Yemen, an ancient city built of clay bricks and mud. These buildings are a perfect example of zabur architecture, dating from pre-Islamic days. The Great Mosque was built in the 12th century. The town's ancient walls have been partly renovated and the northern gate, ::I, is worth a visit to view the

Yemen Tour Guide: Ibb

Situated in one of the Yemen's most lush valleys. Visit the old city, which contains some interesting old stone tower houses.

Yemen Tour Guide: Ta'izz

A town situated in the northern foothills of Jebel Saber (Mount Sabir). The former palace of Imam Ahmed is now a museum. The museum is located at the end of 26th September Street and its opening hours are from 8am till 12 noon. The city walls and gates, I and I, are worth a visit. There are several beautiful mosques and an interesting souk

Yemen Tour Guide: Al-Hudayah

Yemen's main port is the largest city of the Tihamah region. It is a comparatively young city, but its oldest part can be found near the old market area, in the Turkish quarters. Many examples of old-style housing can be seen here, including a superb example with a domed roof, facing the Red Sea at al-Kurnish Street. Visit the fish market

Yemen Tour Guide: Tawila

A typical mountain village on the way to the coast -- a once famous centre during Turkish rule.

Yemen Tour Guide: Hababa

Situated on the plain between Shibam and Thula, this old town, with its ancient Himyaritic inscriptions, is worth visiting.

Yemen Tour Guide: Kawkaban

An important stronghold during the Turkish occupation of lower regions of the Yemen, Kawkaban served to protect the town of Shibam below. It is built at the summit of a 350-metre cliff and the town's inhabitants were often evacuated there during times of crisis. Kawkaban is about an hour's walk from Shiban, by means of a paved footway, starting

Yemen Tour Guide: Shibam

Lying at the foot of the mountain below the stronghold of Kawkaban, Shibam was once the capital of a small, independent highland state. Ancient inscriptions can be found on the stones of the city gate and in other old buildings of the town. In the nearby mountainside, which rises to a height of 2,850m, there are man-made caves.

Yemen Tour Guide: Thula

A village of pre-Islamic origin, situated along the ancient spice route, about 9km north of Shibam. There are many remarkable examples of stone architecture, including tower houses, well-preserved aqueducts and splendidly carved water cisterns near the northern and southern gates. Thula is built at the foot of a mountain with a fortress at the