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Zabid's domestic and military architecture and its urban plan make it an outstanding archaeological and historical site. Besides being the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century, the city played an important role in the Arab and Muslim world for many centuries because of its Islamic university.
As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.
We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Yemen. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Yemen.
Currencie(s): Yemeni rial
Corruption: Yemen has a corruption score of 86 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Yemen, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Yemen is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.
Yemen is concidered to be a VERY dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 3.41 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.
Drinking age: Doesn't matter, drinking is banned in Zabid
In 2012, Al Qaeda militants reportedly gave four people 80 lashes each for drinking alcohol.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Yemen.
Yemen scores a -10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug A / D / G
Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 28.4 and 28.4°C (83.1 and 83.1°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 50.46 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Yemen. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.