The Republic of Yemen was established in 1990 following unification of the former Yemen Arab Republic (North) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South). Islamic and traditional ideals, beliefs, and practices provide the foundation of the country's customs and laws. Yemen is a developing country and modern tourist facilities are widely available only in major cities. [ Source - US State Department ] (from the CIA)
Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the arab world, reported average annual growth in the range of 3-4% from 2000 through 2007. its economic fortunes depend mostly on declining oil resources, but the country is trying to diversify its earnings. in 2006 yemen began an economic reform program designed to bolster non-oil sectors of the economy and foreign investment. as a result of the program, international donors pledged about $5 billion for development projects. in addition, yemen has made some progress on reforms over the last year that will likely encourage foreign investment. oil revenues probably increased in 2007 as a result of higher prices.
Limited natural fresh water resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification
23,013,376 (july 2008 est.)
Passports and visas are required for travel to yemen. visas may be obtained at yemeni embassies abroad. as of february 5, 2010 all visitors to yemen are required to obtain a visa prior to travel; airport visas will no longer be issued upon arrival. travelers to yemen are no longer required to have an affiliation with and arrange their travel through a yemeni-based individual or organization to enter yemen. however, individuals may be asked for supporting evidence of their character, purpose of visit and length of stay.
<h3>yemen - area</h3> total: 527,970 sq km land: 527,970 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes perim, socotra, the former yemen arab republic (yar or north yemen), and the former people's democratic republic of yemen (pdry or south yemen)
Slightly larger than twice the size of wyoming
Conventional long form: republic of yemen conventional short form: yemen local long form: al jumhuriyah al yamaniyah local short form: al yaman former: yemen arab republic [yemen (sanaa) or north yemen] and people's democratic republic of yemen [yemen (aden) or south yemen]
Name: sanaa geographic coordinates: 15 21 n, 44 12 e time difference: utc+3 (8 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)
Voluntary military service program authorized in 2001; 2-year service obligation (2006)
Saudi arabia has reinforced its concrete-filled security barrier along sections of the fully demarcated border with yemen to stem illegal cross-border activities