Yemen, located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian peninsula, is one of the most intriguing countries in the Arab world. The Old City of Sana'a with its extraordinary architecture is a must-see, just like the dramatic mountain terraces in the northern and central portions of the country. In 2008 I spent two weeks in the Republic of Yemen.
A boy on a donkey proudly wears his jambiya, a short dagger traditionally worn by men in Yemen
Mohammed, Hussein and Ali, drivers
Minaret in the Old City of Sana'a, Yemen
Standing on the edge of a cliff, Yemen mountains
YEMEN TOUR, 2008
I visited Sana'a and it's Old City. The country also offers some great opportunities for hiking, especially in the mountains northwest of Sana'a. I explored the Haraz mountains and the Jebel Bura area. The region is full of old fortified villages built on hilltops.
PEOPLE OF YEMEN
Travelling around Yemen, I definitely enjoyed the architecture and landscapes of the country. But above all, the Yemeni people are friendly and helpful. Taking photographs of them, especially on my excursions to remote mountain villages, was a pleasure.
BURA & HARAZ MOUNTAINS
Both the Haraz mountains and the mountains in the Jebel Bura region are great for hiking and trekking. The local people reside in compact fortified villages reminiscent of the Middle Ages and have retained many of their old customs and practices.
This tour in February 2008 was organized by Hauser Exkursionen, Germany, and led by Yemeni tour guide Mustafa Al Faik.
Wandering without aim through the Unesco-protected Old City of Sana'a, arguably one of the most beautiful cities anywhere on Earth