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Monday, 11-December-2006
Almotamar Net - Yemen is practically a cool green paradise, with crisp mountain air, enormous acacia trees, pristine coral reefs and verdant fields bursting with khat, a psychoactive plant that induces mild euphoria. 
TOM DOWNEY - TO the untrained thrill-seeker, Yemen would seem to promise the kind of adventures that only James Bond would relish: kidnapping by tribal factions, riots over gasoline prices, cheap and plentiful AK-47s, and taxi drivers who pack daggers and pistols. Plus, there’s the specter of terrorism: the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Aden in 2000 presaged much bigger attacks.

But in contrast to the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, which is mostly hot, dry and barren, Yemen is practically a cool green paradise, with crisp mountain air, enormous acacia trees, pristine coral reefs and verdant fields bursting with khat, a psychoactive plant that induces mild euphoria.

In recent years, tour operators have started to capitalize on Yemen’s exotic geography as the new frontier in adventure travel. New outfits offer grueling treks to mountaintop villages, four-wheel-drive safaris through untrammeled deserts and sailing voyages aboard ancient dhows to isolated, Galápagos-like islands. And unlike Dubai, the Oz-like emirate on the other side of Saudi Arabia, Yemen is nothing if not authentic.

Yemen is also safer today, thanks to post-9/11 ties between Yemen and the United States that seem to have quieted tribal tensions and undermined terrorist operations in the country. A steady stream of European adventurers have already arrived.

One of the more intrepid tours is offered by Arabia Felix (www.arabiafelixworld.com), a tour company based in Dubai. It has started two-week-long safaris that snake from Dubai across Oman, and along old frankincense trading routes into eastern Yemen. Guests alternate between camping alongside desert nomads and staying at luxurious places like the Al Hawta Palace Hotel, a former Yemeni palace in Sayun.

Visitors get to see “an Arabia with no borders,” said Marco Livadiotti, one of the principals of Arabia Felix.

After crossing into Yemen, the journey continues through the fabled Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert, the world’s largest stretch of sand. Then it proceeds to the fertile green valley of Wadi Hadramaut, home to Yemen’s two most atmospheric towns. The walled city of Shibam has a skyline of tall mud-brick houses, earning it the nickname “the Manhattan of the Desert.” Nearby, the ancient town of Tarim has 365 mosques, one for each day of the year.

The final leg of the journey, from archaeologically rich Marib to the capital, Sana, is a bit dodgier and requires an armed Bedouin escort because of tribal unrest.

For those who want to explore by foot, the Haraz Mountains along Yemen’s western edge are a hiker’s paradise. The region is linked by well-worn trails that cut through fields of prized khat, zigzag across lush green mountaintops and pass through fortresslike villages of mud and stone houses.

Along the way, you can pitch a tent, check into small village guesthouses, or luck out with an invitation to stay at someone’s home. Yemen may seem chaotic, but old-school Arabian hospitality, especially toward foreigners, almost always prevails.

Yemen’s most far-flung adventure is undoubtedly the island of Socotra, a time capsule 210 miles off the coast in the Indian Ocean. Socotra is an alien world, even to most Yemenis. Natives speak an obscure language, Soqotri, that is virtually unintelligible to mainlanders. The fauna and flora of this island evolved separately from mainland Arabia.

Until recently, the island could be reached only by boat and was cut off from the rest of the world during the monsoon season, June to September. Now flights land year round, bringing scuba divers to spectacular reefs that are only beginning to be explored. There are steep limestone cliffs that plunge into dark chasms, a colorful bounty of coral and other rich (and endangered) marine species like sea turtles and groupers.

Inland, you can hike up the Haghier Mountains, camp on a beach or go off-roading along the wadis (dry riverbeds), where you might come across endemic birds and plants like the dragon’s blood tree, which leaks red liquid when cut.

But the most exotic encounter on Socotra may be its people, descendants of both African and South Arabian tribes, who have developed a culture unique from any other place on the planet. Even today, the islanders seem to live as they want, not to please or profit from the few tourists who reach their home.

Source: New York Times
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Tuesday, 03-May-2016
The United Nations envoy for Yemen announced that the Riyadh's delegation had suspended its participation in the talks being held in Kuwait.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the atmosphere of the peace talks during the past few days was "positive".

"We urge all the parties to engage in good faith and demonstrate wisdom in their participation in the talks, Yemenis are counting on them," he said.

He said all difficult issues should be discussed at the negotiating table in a transparent manner, "in order to reach a comprehensive agreement which will put an end to this kind of incidents."

Ahmed said the UN is in constant contact with the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC), and through it with the local committees, to investigate and halt all breaches of the cessation of hostilities.

The envoy said he had communicated extensively with the Riyadh's delegation and met with the leaders of Ansarallah and the General People Congress (GPC) delegation, after which he had received assurances from the parties regarding their commitment to resolve the outstanding issues without convening joint sessions.
Monday, 02-May-2016
The Saudi aggression and its hirelings continued the ceasefire violations during the past few hours in a number of the provinces, a military official said on Monday.

The aggression’s mercenaries pounded with artillery the locations of the army and popular committees in Thubab city and tried to advance toward the Central Security camp in Taiz province, the official explained.

He said that a woman was shot dead by the mercenaries’ snipers in al-Duminah
Monday, 02-May-2016

The National delegation headed by Mohammed AbdulSalam and Aref al-Zoka met here on Monday with Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah.

In the meeting, al-Jarallah renewed his country's keenness to ensure the success of the talks and provide all facilities and overcome all difficulties that could face the talks.

He underlined the importance of succeeding the talks in order to end the suffering of the Yemeni people by stopping war, achieving peace and maintaining security, stability and unity of the country.

The members of the national delegation pointed out that the success of the peace talks would be a success of Yemen and Yemenis, stressing that the delegation would not leave Kuwait but a solution that leads to peace.

They reviewed the national delegation's vision of the general framework of the political and security solution which confirms their intention to end the Yemenis' suffering, stop the war and achieve peace and stability the country.
Sunday, 01-May-2016

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries on Sunday continued, for the 21st day in a row, to breach the ceasefire in several provinces of the country.

A military official said that a citizen was killed in the shelling of the aggression’s hirelings on the 40th neighborhood in Taiz city in an attempt to advance towards Kalaba area.

Warships of the Saudi aggression spread off the western coast of Taiz province, the official said.

The aggression’s mercenaries pounded with shells the sites of the army and popular committees in Karish area in Lahj provinces, and a tank belonging to the mercenaries was damaged, he added.
Sunday, 01-May-2016
The Riyadh hirelings have carried out thousands of breaches of the ceasefire brokered by the UN in Yemen in the 19 past days.

In specific figures, the Riyadh hirelings' violations reached 4,000 since the ceasefire came into force on April 11, at a rate of 210 violations per day.
Saturday, 30-April-2016
The Saudi aggression’s warplanes and warships continued to breach the ceasefire on Saturday in the provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz and Mareb, a military official said.

The official explained that the battleships of the Saudi aggression opened fire on the coastal city of Mocha in Taiz, while the surveillance planes continued flying in the sky of Thubab district and the western coast of Taiz.
Thursday, 28-April-2016
The National delegation met on Thursday in Kuwait with eighteen ambassadors to Yemen.

During the meeting, the delegation members reviewed with the ambassadors the economic conditions in the country because of the aggression and the restrictions imposed on the Yemeni people, particularly obstructing ships movements, trade, transactions of the Central Bank of Yemen.

They stressed the need for a actual ceasefire and all military operations, affirming that Yemen needs an urgent political solution, taking into consideration the economic and security situations.

The national delegation stressed that after the 18 month-long aggression against Yemen, the other party cannot be recognized as legitimate regarding arms handover and the rest of procedural steps.

It is not difficult to form a consensual transitional government and it is possible to be agreed upon in principle, they said.
Wednesday, 27-April-2016
The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, has concluded his evaluative visit to the province of Sa’ada.

The UN official urged all warring parties to maintain their commitment to the cessation of hostilities and allowing unconditional access to humanitarian organizations.

McGoldrick also requested from the international community to increase the level of support provided to Yemen.

"It is not possible to stop the suffering in Yemen only through finding a political solution", he said, hoping to continue the cessation of hostilities to allow expanding the humanitarian activities and paving the way for peace.

McGoldrick met, during his visit, with Sa'ada Governor, the Executive Council of the province and local authorities in Al-Qutaber to discuss the need for increasing support in the areas of quartering, health and education.

He urged to maintain the health and educational facilities protected as neutral facilities during armed conflicts.
Tuesday, 26-April-2016
Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah received on Tuesday the national delegation headed by Mohamed Abdul-Salam and Aref al-Zoka.

In the meeting, al-Sabah confirmed his country's keenness on bringing peace in Yemen and reaching a peaceful solution, hoping that the peace talks in Kuwait will reach a comprehensive solution for the country.

The Emir of Kuwait stressed his keenness on stopping hostilities in Yemen, pointing that the efforts made by Kuwait aimed to succeed the talks.

For his part, Mohammed Abdulsalam affirmed the importance of the Kuwaiti role in bringing peace in Yemen, conforming the position of the national forces to find a just solution in Yemen.
Monday, 25-April-2016

The UN envoy to Yemen confirmed on Monday that the consensus of the participants in Yemeni peace talks held in Kuwait on bringing peace makes reaching a solution possible.

"There is no doubt that there are significant differences in views, but the consensus of the participants to bring peace makes it possible to reach a solution,” the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement issued after the talks session Monday.

“There are only two options; either to continue the war or to consult and make concessions in order to achieve peace and all parties should assume responsibility for their decisions,” the UN envoy added.

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