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.
- Free visit of Gaudi’s principal masterpiece in October
"The main treasure of the Catalan capital announces open days between 23 and 25 of October, 2015. The majestic cathedral will be absolutely free of charge to visit (usually the entry ticket costs 15 euro and with an excursion included the price reaches 19, 5 euro) on these days. However, there is still a limitation, everyone who wishes to get the right of free pass to the temple Basilica de la Sagrada Familia has to receive an e-ticket booked for one of the days mentioned above between 16:00 and 20:00 by local time.
The free ticket to the cathedral may be obtained starting from October 14, 2015. "
- The seaweed invasion prevents tourists to enjoy the Dominican beaches
"Tourists couldn’t but leave the country due to the experienced inconveniences. Basically, these are the eastern resorts that prevent tourists to enjoy their vacation. The embarrassing seaweed made their staying here simply intolerable. Local travel agencies say that the number of holidaymakers went down up to 95%.
The authorities are trying to deal with a bad luck collecting the weeds around the coastal areas. However, they are still facing a problem and the number of the sea “inhabitants” is still growing. It is stated that it is a priority to clean all the rubbish stored at the beaches, otherwise the country will have no tourists that will bring them no income afterwards.
Scientists report that the mounting pollution may be caused by two reasons. According to the first assumption the seaweed appeared on the Dominican coastlines due to the climate change: the average temperature has considerably increased over recent years. The second theory goes that the hurricane has brought them. "