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Cheap Flights to Yemen

Yemen is an often-overlooked gem on the Arabian peninsula with gorgeous coral reefs, spectacular mountain villages, and some of the oldest skyscrapers in the world. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Yemen is a country that breathes history at its core. It's not only the ancient ruins and monuments, either - the people of Yemen have kept their ancient way of life and culture throughout the centuries! Unfortunately, civil war has made the country a very unsafe place for foreign tourists. In fact, the Government of Canada currently advises against all travel to Yemen.

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Getting to Yemen

If you must travel to Yemen despite the warnings, you won't be able to fly there. As of 2015, Yemen is located in a no fly zone, which means that all flight services to and from Yemen are suspended. Instead, you'll have to fly to Saudi Arabia and drive through the southern border to enter the country. Saudi Arabia's main international airports are located in Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED), and Riyadh (RUH)

Many airlines serve Saudi Arabia's airports, including Saudia, Lufthansa, KLM, and more.

The Best Time To Visit Yemen

Yemen is very hot and dry in most parts of the country, but the coast of the Red Sea gets very humid. It's best to avoid traveling to Yemen during the summer, as massive heat waves and little air conditioning can make things very uncomfortable. Late fall (September and October) is the best season for tourists, as the weather is a bit cooler. However, there can still be big differences between nighttime and daytime temperatures, so be prepared for shifting weather! 

What to Do in Yemen

Yemen's ancient history and massive monuments have to be seen to be believed. Some of the most impressive sights in the world are located here! For example:

  • The city of Shihara is located at an altitude of 2500m, and is situated on either side of a massive gorge. To get from one side of the city to the other, you have to gross a centuries-old stone bridge that crosses the chasm. It's not for the faint of heart!
  • The mosque in Rada is located in the middle of the city centre, and is well-known for its spectacular domes and intricate artwork.
  • Marib is a very famous historical site, with ruins from the kingdom of Saba dating back to the 8th century BC! There is a stunning ancient dike and many temples to explore.

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