Al Mukalla Travel Guide

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  • Sunset over the Arabian Sea
    Sunset over the Arabian Sea
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  • Heading home with the days catch
    Heading home with the days catch
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Al Mukalla Things to Do

  • Fish market

    Yemen being on the coast of the Arabian Sea is a seafood town. The tuna here would make any Japanese person salivate.

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  • Ancient Port and Fishing Village

    On the coast road from Mukalla to Aden you will pass Yemen's most important ancient port, where the Frankincense was shipped from in Sabaean times. In ancient times it was called Qana. The Sabaeans traded with Oman, Persia and India but Qana was destroyed in the 2nd century AD and now it is a small village called Bir Ali. Also along the route is a...

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  • Sunrise over the Arabian Sea

    You can see the sunrise over the Arabian Sea from the Holiday Inn Mukalla.Normally I don't see this time of day by choice, but the wonderful light woke me up and I had to get a photograph.It's a pity nobody who knows me believes me that it is sunrise!

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  • Husn al-Ghuwayzi 19th Century Fort

    Husn al-Ghuwayzi is a tiny fort, located on the main road in Mukalla. It was built in the 19th century by a wealthy local family.We didn't go inside.

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  • A good walk

    After your meal of fresh fish or whatever you choose to eat in town take a walk along the Corniche and into the white washed old town. Everything is packed close together similar to Shibam...you could almost call in Shibam by the Sea.

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  • 19th century Fort

    This was just one of many forts you will see in Yemen. This one is visable just off the road.No sure if you can go in or not and I did not ask or try.

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  • Dive the Arabian Sea

    The Hadhramout hotel has it's own dive center where you can arrange a dive trip out to the local reefs/wrecks or rent a mask and fins for $5 USD per hour and swim in front of the hotel which was teaming with big parrot fish and countless others swimming amongst the coral.If the dive center is closed just ask for the manager as I did and he can...

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  • Husn Al-Ghuwayzi

    Reaching or leaving Al Mukalla on the new (impressively wide and decorated with flowers on the way) airport road, you won't miss this 19th centrury fortress perched on a cliff top. I can't tell if it is open for a visit as we made a short stop for photos and to fix our damaged car tyre.

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  • Sunken ships

    Just in front of Al-Mukalla you can see some sunken ships. Al- Muakalla is an important harbour in Yemen, specially from the last years while Aden, where many battles were fought during the war of 1994,has lost its traditional importance.

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  • Walking along the seafront

    In the evening, most of Mukallah´s activity occurs in the seafront, where the old harbour was placed.There you can yemenian people having a nice time, children usually jump to the sea in a competition. As they saw us, they tried to jump higher and farther to get a picture. They were really nice!

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  • Fish Market

    You have to wake up early to visit the fish market of Mukalla: fishers boats come back to the modern harbour after fishing all the night and then they have to sell fish quickly, because of the hot.Mukalla fish market is well known, perhaps the only one more important in Yemen is Al- Hudeyda market. The market is a unique and "hard" experience. The...

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  • Husn Al Guwayzi

    Husn Al Guwayzi is a small fortress, builded in 1884 by a rich merchant family of the city, used in the past as a custom house and guards house. It is wonderful how it was builded up on this rock, near to the cliff. It seems it should fall in any moment!

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Al Mukalla Restaurants

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    a view from my car.

    by flynboxes Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    The fish is fresh since it is right of the street from the fish market. This is a local place with communcal bench seating. I did not see any tourists here the night I was here. I bought my driver dinner with drinks/chai and the bill was still less than 5 USD.

    Favorite Dish: The waiter will bring out a plate of the days catch and let you pick what you what if you do not already know. The grilled prawns are supposed to be great also

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Al Mukalla Transportation

  • Police Escort from Mukalla to Aden

    The coast road from Mukalla to Aden is said to be safer than the old road. Some of the tribes along the route are hostile to the present government. Under the socialist regime they were supported financially and didn’t need to work. Now they are not given state support. They sometimes ambush and kidnap people travelling along the road from Mukalla...

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  • Fly to Mukalla

    Flights inside of Yemen are cheap on Yemenia and should be booked when you are there to get the best deal. They are seldom full except during Haj when all planes are full anyway.There is a "modern" airport here Rayyan Mukalla about 20-30 from town. Like the other airports in Yemen there are no jetways. You just walk off the plane accross the tarmac...

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  • Road conditions

    The road from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla, though flat and mentioned less than 150kms it was under construction in major parts of it. So we had to reduce speed and therefore took us a bit more than 2 hours.The good news are for future travellers that will enjoy a comfortable wide road with little traffic.But scenery is fantastic: inactive volcanos on...

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Al Mukalla Warnings and Dangers

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    by hydronetta Written Apr 5, 2006

    If you tour around Yemen for almost 3000km then it might happen to you as well.
    On our way to Bir Ali we had a flat tyre. Luckily this happened in nearby to the sea (so flesh ocean air was blowing) and it was the only time I blessed the presence of police as they helped our driver to replace the tyre

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Al Mukalla Off The Beaten Path

  • Fishing villages

    After long drives in Yemeni highlands, it's most probable that you'll make several stops on the coastal road from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla.Specially when you cross small tranquil fishing villages...

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  • The road from Bir Ali beach to Al...

    No, no, these photos were not taken in Iceland!!!The coast from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla is a unique experience. Volcanic cones, black basalt rocks, black pebble beaches are live witnesses of the violent earth eruption. The scenery is simply fantastic as volcanic rocks mix with the sand dunes and the beauty of the sea. Though the last volcanic...

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  • Somali refugees

    A thing that won't escape your attention is that a lot of Africans are walking along the main coastal road from Bir Ali to Al Mukalla, either alone or in groups. Our driver told us that they are Somali refugees arriving by boats to the Yemeni coast. In a case a large group was gathered in a police station. In search of hope and better future....

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Al Mukalla Favorites

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    by flynboxes Updated Mar 15, 2007

    Favorite thing: According to the LP guide this place is supposed to be thick with mosquitos. I was out at night in late Feb and did not get one bite. I tend to attract them normally and either this was not the season or they have managed to get rid of them. Did not even see any dead ones on the wall of my hotel room.

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