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Travel Guide: Old City of Sana'a in Sana, Yemen #travel

Old City of Sana'a

Sana, Yemen

Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site.

Map of Old City of Sana'a

More info about Sana

Coronavirus in Sana

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.

Culture in Sana

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.

Money in Sana

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.

Language in Sana

Language(s): Arabic
Here are a few basic lines to get you started, however keep in mind: The Arabic language uses an Arabic alphabet, so all the words below are witten in the phonetic pronunciation.
  • Yes = Naʻam
  • No = Lā
  • Thank You = Shukraan lakum
  • Hello = Marhabaan
  • Do you speak English? = Hal tatakalam allughat al'iinjaliziat?
  • Please = Min Fadlik
  • Bye = Ma'a Salama
  • Excuse Me = aedhirni
  • Where is the Bathroom? = 'ayn alhamam(phonetic pronunciation)
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = ma asmk? (asmy hu)

Food & Drinks in Sana

4 National dishes: Kabsa, Haneeth, Saltah & Mandi .

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 Sana
In 2012, Al Qaeda militants reportedly gave four people 80 lashes each for drinking alcohol.

Religion in Sana

Yemen is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 99% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim including Shaf'i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shi'a), small numbers of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Sana

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Yemen.

Yemen scores a -10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Sana

Timezone: UTC+03:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug A / D / G

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 8.4 and 8.4°C (47.2 and 47.2°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.

Fly to Sana, Yemen

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