Sanaa Travel Guide

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Sanaa Highlights

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     BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS, FRIENDLY PEOPLE 

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     cars, food, weapons 

  • In a nutshell
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     put it high on your travel wish list! 

Sanaa Things to Do

  • Seeing Camels in the old town of Sana’a

    There are quite a few camels to be found in Sana’a old town - they are rarer than sheep or goats but in my experience more common than cows! I must admit that meeting cows being herded down a crowded street in the old town rather surprised me. The camels work behind large doors on the ground floor of the buildings. I was told that the camels only...

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  • MUSEUM OF TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS

    THIS IS NOT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM! The Museum of Traditional Arts & Crafts is housed in the former residence of an Imam. I got quite excited about visiting this living history museum after speaking to an English student studying Arabic here. It is just of the main Midan al-Tahrir (Tahrir Square) and before you get to the National Museum. I got up...

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  • Sana'a night views from Dawood Hotel

    If you stay here (or if you ask to have a tea at their top balcony) you can enjoy superb vies over Sana'a

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Sanaa Restaurants

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  • Fish restaurant

    The Albahar Restaurant ist a fish restaurant in Sanaa in Hadah City in the Huda Soltan Street earlier Iran street. There are some differnt species of fish .It is very good restaurant and the cleaning is very good. The prices are favorable. Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/225033/#ixzz24aXReRW8 The Albahar Restaurant ist a fish...

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  • Fish restaurant

    The Albahar Restaurant ist a fish restaurant in Sanaa in Hadah City in the Huda Soltan Street earlier Iran street. There are some differnt species of fish .It is very good restaurant and the cleaning is very good. The prices are favorable. The Albahar Restaurant ist a fish restaurant in Sanaa in Hadah City in the Huda Soltan Street earlier Iran...

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Sanaa Nightlife

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  • CLIMB THE ROOF !

    They have a rooftop coffee shop, but they also have a roof top you can literally climb onto where they have the water tanks mounted. I am sure they do not want you to do this, but who’s looking? The very best view of the Old Town at night is up here. I climbed up – very carefully – with a torch (flashlight) and a tripod for my camera. What a...

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  • sights straight out of 1001 nights

    Let's face it, Sanaa's nightlife is not very exciting - nor were we looking for wild nights. Our favourite night-time activity was so walk around the old town and try not to get lost, as there are very few people out in the streets.We enjoyed the sights, and above all the peace and quiet. No traffic, no noise... just some children playing fooball...

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  • Old Sanaa

    Sanaa does not offer a lot of night life spots.This does not necessary mean that it is a dead city after sunset, infact going around the streets of the old town you'll meet many people around talking, walking and above all kids playing on the street.This walk will give you the chance one of the most beautiful night view you'll ever see as, this...

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Sanaa Transportation

  • Easy to explore

    Sana'a is great to explored on foot. The streets and lanes in the Old City can be disorientated but it's not too complicated once you get your bearing around. Mini-bus, taxi and motor bike are the main means of travel in Sana'a. All you need to do, is to stand still by the road and wait, within 30 seconds you can get a taxi, and within 1-3 minutes...

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  • taxi

    taxi:2 types - yellow and white/yellow yellow is easy - have meter and very cheap, 1h in Sana'a will cost 1500r, which is about not even 8usd (200r=1usd) without meter - never know as they say ridiculous price and cant guess if its good price or not. ASK hotel to call you yellow taxi, it will take time until they come but always better.

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  • Taxi at Sana'a airport

    From Sana'a airport to the old town, taxi will charge YR2,000 (about US$10, May 2008). The rate is fixed by all taxi for foreigners and it is hard to bargain for this. When I arrived San'a airport nthe 2nd time from Seiyun, I luckily saw a minivan which I bargain for YR800. It was raining and I was with another traveller, so we shared YR400 each,...

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Sanaa Shopping

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  • THE SHOP FOR EVERYTHING

    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...

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  • local jewelry

    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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  • Old City

    Its inside the Bab El Yemen and while you're fascinated by their house, you could do some cheap and worthed shopping. 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. YR 100 - YR...

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Sanaa Local Customs

  • ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in Yemen is often 220v. They use British 3-square pin type plugs. In many 5 Star hotels they provide 220v or 110v. Outside of Sana'a you may run into 3 different types of plugs!BEFORE YOU BLOW UP YOUR LAPTOP:You want a Transformer rather than a Converter here. Converters are light-weight and are suitable for simple appliances like hair...

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  • SURA!! sura !

    the 1st day we wondered what SURA means?? as everywhere we went kids will be shouting - sura sura! then we figured out that they were asking to take photo of them :) and nothing else!

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  • ALCOHOL IS LEGAL

    If you are a drinker, you will be happy with this fact. Very happy. The Yemeni Customs Allowances are that non- Muslim visitors may import alcohol for their own use. The other astounding fact is – there is no limit to how much you can bring in! You are advised, of course, not to drink in public areas. Sounds like a good balance to me.

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Sanaa Warnings and Dangers

  • NO STAMPS AT THE POST OFFICE

    There are 9 Post Offices in Sana’a. Having said that, do not leave it until the last minute to buy your stamps for postcards. I did and when I arrived with 15 postcards, they told me they had run out of stamps! Is good advice anyway to get the stamps on the first day. Thinking about it later, I realised that this could happen in any developing...

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  • THE SQUAT TOILET

    Also known as the long drop. At some point you are going to have to face up to this challenge. I suggest that you do 2 things. The first is practice. The second is plan in advance. There is a very good chance there is no toilet paper and water all over the floor already. The locals clean themselves with a small water hose or a cup from a bucket...

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  • General Safety - October 2010

    Sana'a, Taiz and Aden are considered "safe" but the remainder of the country should probably be considered off-limits. A few days in Sana'a old town and a visit to Palace of the Rock 15 km outside of town certainly make for a memorable experience.I am working in Sana'a at the moment and have the impression that you should be very careful - probably...

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Sanaa Tourist Traps

  • VISA to enter and VISA to pay

    entry visa. When we called Embassy, we were told that EU and Australians, US no need visas, so we were happy to hear that BUT when we arrived we found out that we have too! so had to pay 60usd for adults and 17usd for kid. Of course they tried to charge for kid 60usd, then I asked WHY and was told - ok, pay 30usd, when on the window was written...

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  • taxi drivers

    Yes, I guess 80 percent of my tourist traps are about taxi drivers, I am sorry(well I am not really) but this is usually the problem I meet around.Reguarding Sanaa problem is not their honesty, ofcourse you have to bargain with old taxis which have not taximeter, but once done, they respect the price.Problem is they often have no idea of where you...

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Sanaa What to Pack

  • simple

    comfortable shoes, its dry and dusty country so maybe closed shoes will work betterI had abaya and it helped little not to worry what clothes to wear and it was easier with locals as they didnt look as much if I was without it. You hardly see a woman without abaya or head cover, so if you would like to avoid weird looks - just get one for...

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  • Earplugs

    I like the muezzin's call to prayer. Even though I am devoutly agnostic, I find it spiritually uplifting. However, in Sana'a it's a bit different. Because the first call wakes all the feral dogs, who bark for forty minutes and, just as you are drifting back to sleep, you are roused by the actual call to prayer. Which sets off the dogs again....

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  • cover-up

    Sanaa (and Yemen) is a conservative society - so do cover up. In the old town there is virtually no local woman showing her face or hair. So t-shirts and shorts (for men and women), no skirts unless they are ankle lenght, no plunging necklines. If you are a woman it is much easier to buy an abaya and wear it, with its headscarf - then trying to...

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Sanaa Off The Beaten Path

  • WADI DAHR

    About 15 kilometres, 30 minutes drive or about 1500 years outside of Sana'a. It is called 'Dar al-Hajar’. This is a fantastic ‘rock palace’ which is a luxurious 5 story palace sat upon a very prominent rock outcropping rising up from the valley floor. Originally there were caves (some are still accessible) and deep subterranean wells that go as...

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  • Prayer calls!

    it was just sooo unique that I never heard in any other muslim country before! it is really nice, even tough it wakes you up early morning and annoys a bit but, you know, I loved it! :http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/19a3/

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  • Away from Sana

    As you head North out of town you will pass numerous villages along the way. If you have a decent zoom on your camera you should be able to get some great shots of the rock structures along the way.

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Sanaa Sports & Outdoors

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    Simply referred to on maps as the ‘Stadium’ this is the place to be in Sana’a for sports activities. During the Football World Cup they set up a big screen to watch all the matches and entry was free. Unfortunately you cannot see the screen until it becomes dark!

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  • relaxed...

    its a very ladeback country, we took easy, no rush and enjoyed all local. Its nice and unique, reserved and very traditional . I respect countries like this that they still have lots to show and treasure their traditions and way of living. peace... though it was very noisy when they drive! but people are soo nice and all soroundings in old town..

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  • Yemen Travel permit - Tourist Police

    Before you move out of Sana'a to most places, you need to get a travel permit from the tourist police. The driver you engage will make several copies for the road block police. The tourist police is located behind the Ministry of Toruism building.

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  • Tourist visa on arrival

    Almost everyone, except the Gulf states citizen, has to buy the tourist visa on arrival. To avoid delay, you should be sure that you are onte of the first passengers to take the first transfer bus from aircraft to arrival terminal hall. In the transfer bus, stay on teh left side of the door as the arrival hall is on the left side of the bus. Once...

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