Whether it is the mountainous highlands of the north, the multiple canyons of Hadramaout, the desert of the "empty quarter", the forests around Sanaa or Taizz, the green hues of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, the volcanic coast of the Aden region, and of course the exceptional island of Socotra, Yemen is a country where nature dominates man. There are many natural species, and lovers of geology will find there an exceptional and very old site.
World Heritage Sites :
The Yemeni mountains and their landscaped terraces are not yet classified as a protected area, but three architectural sites are. Zabid (in 1996), the city of Tihama, which served as the setting for the Thousand and One Nights of Pasolini, is a charming city with an architecture enriched with stucco and lime. Shibam (in 1982), the desert city whose adobe buildings scrape the eastern sky of the country, is a surprise to the eyes. Sanaaa (1986), magnificently restored and paved with local stones, offers a unique urban maze, amidst the corporate souks.
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