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    AZAL CITY: THE SHOP FOR EVERYTHING

    by DAO Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    This fantastic shop is owned by a very nice man named Abdellah Swaid. In addition to selling souvenirs he also can arrange tours and help with local information. Stop in and sit on the carpet and least visit for a while. Have a cup of tea and tell Abdellah what excursions you want to take and you agree the price. I arranged a tour into the mountains other people told me could not be done or would cost more.

    His shop is also full of every kind of souvenir you want for back home. From postcards to Jambiyas, ceramics to jewellery. He has it!

    Need information? This shop seems to be the local centre for ex-pats. Every time I went to visit and get information, a Western student or 2 were always there.

    Please note, Abdellah leaves the shop to go to prayer. I was left in charge of his shop while he was in the nearby Dawud (David) Mosque.

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    souq: local jewelry

    by erikute3534 Written Apr 2, 2009
    display of clothes :)
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    is not really a shop, but shops - souq or the street that is near morning gate (bab al...) - full of stores. BUT I still liked the old Souq, just wonder around and get your ideas what you wish to buy, its very cheap and nice little things you can get there

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    House vendors: Old City

    by vayastra Written Jun 2, 2008
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    Its inside the Bab El Yemen and while you're fascinated by their house, you could do some cheap and worthed shopping.

    What to buy: Many houses in the old city (Bab El Yaman) are selling their local crafts, from small keychain, fridge magnet, local textille, Gambia (unique knife that most of Yemenian men wear it), old house model and also snacks.

    What to pay: YR 100 - YR 6000

    Fridge magnet/ keychain : YR 100
    Gambia : YR 3500-6000
    Model houses : YR 150 - YR 1000 depends on its size

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    VARIOUS: DIET SODA

    by DAO Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Diet soda drinkers will understand this one. Across much of the developing world it is hard to fine anything except 'full' soda laden with sugar. Do not despair or pack your own. I found most shops had both Coca Cola AND Pepsi diet drinks. A lot of restaurants have them as well. So for the diet conscious - it's going to be ok.

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    Sam City: scarves and more

    by call_me_rhia Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    our young new friend

    A small shop, not unlike some other shops selling the same or similar items - I chose to buy some scarves there because the young owner did not seem or act pushy. I never regretted my decision - and ended up buying quite a few scarves and pashminas.

    The small world: in this shop there were a handful of business cards - one of which from the only shop in my swiss blink-and-you-miss-it village (pop. 1500). A nice conversation followed - I showed the man some pictures of my village - a huge discount and an invitation for tea. But he doesn't believe Melide (where I live) is a village: two Swiss customers, two from the same place - so it must be a city. I

    We said later to his tea invitation - as we were looking for some saffron and Yemeni honey. He called his father and asked him to look after us... Father took us all around to shop, he didn't speak English, we don't speak Arabic... plenty of smiles, we understood each other silently.

    What to buy: Wonderful scarves and shawls - pashminas, too. Hopefully locally made. They are very colourful, and the young man is really nice.

    What to pay: All scarves and shawls come in the 2-8 dollars range. Bargain, gently.

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    small shops around the old town: Honey and scarfes

    by xaver Updated Feb 28, 2007

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    homey

    Walking around the old town you'll see a lot of honey shops.
    Yemenite honey is really special but you will find it just in these shops as in supermarket they seem to have honey from any middle east country but Yemen.

    What to buy: Honey and spices like zafferan, much cheaper here than in dubai for example.
    They also have really beautiful silk scarfes the price goes from 1 dollar up to 7 or 8, depending on the material and the designes.

    What to pay: Half kilo of a good quality of honey(not the best one) is 10 dollars.

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    The Souq: Souq al Milh

    by JohnniOmani Written Jan 18, 2007

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    classic souq

    A walk through this souq is mandatory and for good reason. It is something out of a storybook and there are thousands of items on display ranging from a dollar to hundreds of dollars. There is everything from jewellry to buckets to sandals. Yemenis are not like other bazaaris around the ME because they are more innocent. They are of course used to bargaining but Yemen does not see the number of tourists that Egypt or Jordan experiences so you must be polite. They are not over run by mass tourism so they may be offended if you try to bargain really hard. Overall, if you watch your manners you will have a great time and meet some exceptional local people.

    What to buy: Daggers, sandals , jewellry anything you desire.

    What to pay: always start bargaining at 40 % (approx) of the price and work it from there.

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    VARIOUS SOUVENIR SHOPS: BUY YOUR OWN JAMBIYA

    by DAO Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    In any large town or wherever you find tourists, you will easily find shops selling Jambiayas. Unlike some of their North African cousins, Yemeni shopkeepers tend to be very easy going and will not pursue you if you say no. Have a long chat with them first and maybe a cup of tea before you begin negotiations. You will both be more relaxed and you will probably end up with a better price.

    What to buy: A Jambiya is a dagger with a broad curved blade that the men carry in their belts.

    What to pay: $5-7 for a medium-sized one that does not have a quality blade. For a large sized, quality blade and a very decorative scabbard you will pay about $20 with a lot of negotiation. You really need to compare and haggle really hard.

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    VARIOUS SOUVENIR SHOPS: BUY A HOUSE

    by DAO Written Aug 20, 2006

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    THE LARGE MODEL
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    What to buy: Across the many Tourist (permitted) routes in Yemen you will see ceramic reproductions of typical Yemeni houses. These tall townhouses are a mix of stone, mud, plaster and paint. They can be hundreds of years old and they even collapse sometimes. The ceramic reproductions are exquisite in detail. The are hand painted, have actual wooden features on larger models and have deep set window frames. The best part is that they are cheap! I paid only $7.50 for the largest one at a gift shop at Wadi Dhahr. It was so cheap I forgot to negotiate a lower price! Please note: may shops say they sell “Cmyx and Corals”. They mean ceramics and pottery. Be careful when you pack them! They are somewhat delicate and I damaged one before I even got onto the plane.

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    NUTS !

    by DAO Updated Aug 18, 2006

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    The main Souq or Market in Sana’a is called Souq al-Milh which means Salt Market. Across a vast area you will find sellers of all manner of things. If you love nuts and enjoy different varieties there are men in the market who will help you with your cravings. Just look at the huge amount on display.

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    WHEELBARROWS IN THE MARKET: UNUSUAL FRUIT

    by DAO Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    YUM !
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    You will see the wheelbarrows full of the fruit of the prickly pear cactus just about everywhere. Piled high with ripe fruit, just wait a minute if it seems unattended. Someone will suddenly appear to sell you a handfull. They have a lot of seeds, but are sweet and easy to eat. You may need a knife or just ask them to cut them open for you.

    What to pay: Just a few pennies for a handfull.

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    Sana'a old city souq: Wanna buy?????

    by hydronetta Written Mar 23, 2006

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    A pleasant sight while strolling around the Old City souq was the animal market. Or to be more precise, the donkey market. Numerous donkeys were on sale there and considering the number of the people there must have been a great interest in buying one.
    Unfortunately I didn't ask the price to buy one as it was a large souvernir to bring back home!! Though very useful for me while I live in a place where cars are not allowed and quadrupeds rule!

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    At Sana'a bazaar: Spices

    by hydronetta Written Feb 26, 2007
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    Not only highly photogenic because it's colourful, spices section of the market is pleasure to all senses. You can try some and buy to flavor when cooking dishes back at home

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