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    Yemen is known as struce...

    by nerdeam Updated Mar 8, 2004

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    Yemen is known as strict country.most people in yemen are muslem so people follow the islamic rules.for example,no alcohole, women have to be coverd up from head to toe. it is rude when you look at a women.also,do not try to talk to women too if you are a man. it is a good idea to say 'salam' when greating some one.

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    by tini58de Updated Nov 12, 2003

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    The Yemen is a strictly Islamic country, so one should respect their customs!

    This involves proper clothing, attitudes towards men and women, the use of the right hand only and other things! Every guide book will tell you more about it - and do read it properly!

    Yemenite girl

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    Pretty conservative Moslem...

    by Dick_Loudon Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Pretty conservative Moslem country so dress conservatively, use your right hand, don't stare at women or men (they all carry AK-47 machine guns); careful about drinking alcohol--do that at your hotel; don't chew the Qat leaf, a mild narcotic. This photo shows fishermen in the city of Hodeida; we spent a great day with them and they were good company.

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    Don't come to Yemen for a...

    by maykal Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Don't come to Yemen for a boozy, sunbathing trip. Alcohol is not available (sorry, that's a lie, it is available for a price if you know where to look, but I wouldn't recommend it as drinking is not a very Yemeni thing to do and you won't 'meet the people' that way), and no-one wears shorts or sleeveless shirts. Most Yemeni women wear a headscarf and the Sana'ani trend is also to wear a veil (in Aden it is noticeably more relaxed - not as many veils though most wear the hejab/headscarf). This does not mean that foreign women must wear a headscarf and a veil, but it would be better if they cover up everything apart from face, hands and ankles.
    While tourism is still fairly uncommon in Yemen, there is not the hassle that you find in other Arab countries (e.g. Egypt or Jordan), so when most people try to talk to you, it is entirely innocent with no ulterior motive. Of course there are exceptions to this, but not to the extent of Damascus or Cairo.
    When it comes to qat, be aware that it is a big social problem, and most men spend at least half their wages on it, but at the same time, try not to judge the people who chew according to Western ideas. Remember it is legal in Yemen, as well as in Britain, although it is strictly forbidden in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, as well as in the USA I believe.
    All the typical do's and don't's of Islam apply here (e.g. don't eat with your left hand....) only more so.

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    Yemenite people are all...

    by schielen Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Yemenite people are all Muslim. Although there is much understanding for foreign cultures, some things should be given serious consideration. Not covering arms and legs is not apriciated (for women and men!).
    Drinking alcohol (if you insist) should be restricted to places where there are no Yemenites.

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    Carrying the shoes in hand in Masjid

    by Pakistaniguy Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Carrying the shoes in hand in Masjid is allowed. Non Muslim cannot enter the Masjid. (Non Muslim can enter any masjid in Pakistan)

    Standing in Masjid Al Kebir
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