Map Page 1122 Area 203,850 square mi (527,970 square km) Population 19,349,881 (2003) Capital Sana'a Highest Point the jabal an nabi shu'ayb 12,335 ft (3,760 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $800 Primary Natural Resources negligible.
YEMEN, NO MATTER how it is defined or what its current political structure, has always controlled the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula-the BAB EL MANDEB choke point to and from the RED SEA.
Yemen's neighbors are SAUDI ARABIA and OMAN and the country is about twice the size of WYOMING.
It is the closest point to sub-Saharan Africa (especially DJIBOUTI and ETHIOPIA-with which it has had a long historic association.
It also has been a major caravan route for land trade from the INDIAN OCEAN to the Arabian Peninsula and on to the MEDITERRANEAN SEA.
The recent discovery of the ancient trading city of Ubar was accomplished using remote sensing and satellite images.
In biblical times, Yemen was the home of the queen of Sheba (related to the Sabaean Empire).
In Roman and medieval times, it was the center for the lucrative spice trade, especially frankincense and myrrh.
Today, the Yemen desert country has few natural resources of interest to global powers.
Its primary asset is geopolitical control of the all-important choke point (Bal el Mandeb) for the Red Sea and Suez Canal (and ultimately the Mediterranean).
In modern times, following North Yemen's independence from the OTTOMAN EMPIRE in 1918, the British took control of the area, especially of the key port of Aden.
This was essential for British Empire trade to and from INDIA and the Far East.
British control ended in 1967, and three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation.
The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states.
The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990.
A southern secessionist movement in 1994 was quickly subdued.
- Traveling to Ellada is getting more expensive
"Because of the abolition of tax benefits for the most visited islands, the traveling prices to Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Skiathos will be considerably increased.
The preferential tax treatment, regulated on the islands, was canceled from October 1, 2015 according to the Government decision. The capacity to pay 30% less tax will also be concerned towards hotels located on the above mentioned islands. And from the beginning of the summer next year the new rules will be applied to the rest of the islands.
The imposed measures will affect the tourists, who will have to pay the bills without any tax treatment benefits. The new rule will first of all be applied to the hotel room prices, which may be increased up to 7-10% according to the experts forecast. Consequently, the vacation package price will also be increased, which does not favor the tourists. "
- Sightseeing in Greece will become much more expensive
"Greek authorities reported about a sharp increase in price for visiting museums and other places of interest around the country. In particular, starting from January 1, 2016 the ticket price at Acropolis will reach 52 euro. Today the Athens main attraction costs only 12 euro.
The entrance ticket price to the sanctuary of Olympia and Knossos ruins will be raised twice. Since the beginning of the next year 200 museums located all around the country will also increase the ticket price.
However, the Greek authorities note that such high prices are likely to be up to date only during the summer tourist season. "