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“Wonderful city!”
Review of Bab al-Yemen

Bab al-Yemen
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“Wonderful city!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

Really it's a rare and unique place to visit. It has a wonderful and distinguish architecture and hydro engineering.

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Sanaa, Yemen
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“BAb Al-Yemen - A Living Museum in Action”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Passing through the Gateway to Old Sana'a (Bab Al-Yemen) is like travelling back into time. Once you are through , you will find yourself 3000 years back sitting on stone curb supporting the wall of an old mosque or a 7 story sky scraper old building watching a living museum on action right in front of you. You will remember those books you read about Alibaba and the forty thieves or Aladdin & the magic lamp or One thousand nights and nights. You will be awakened suddenly by the voice of motor bikes or your tour Guide or smiling friendly people around you . Their face suggesting to take a picture of their colorful clothes and items displayed in the open Souk (market) ranging from fresh local bread & flowers to various types of spices & ornaments not to mention the old oil refinery house with a camel moving on it's shoulder a cylindrical wood around a fixed wooden Jar to crash the oil seeds therein to extract a natural oil of all seed types used by locals to soften faces , nourishing hair roots and dissolved with herbs for hailing purposes. A variety of all sorts of things locally made are available for sale including Jambia (Local Dagger wore by men to show their manhood and during cultural group dance waived in uniformity up and down the dancers' should level ); but you must bargain & compromise. It was my wish to upload one of these local dances performed in a kind of a ceremony but I need the editor of this site to me how to do so....

The best time to visit this place is before lunch between 8- 12 AM and don't forget to have a tour guide with you if you are visiting for the first time. Taking pictures are allowed to take inside the walled old city of Sana'a but forbidden outside the wall perimeter.

Due to the strict conservative nature of locals , women are advised to avoid wearing shorts and topless bikinis . Long Sleeve shirts with long skirts and head scarfs are recommended.

Myself being residing in Sana'a , I must visit this place at least once a month ,if not I feel like missing to refresh something in my memory.

Visited August 2013
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Berlin, Germany
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“The Gateway to Old Sana'a”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is certainly the place that I would recommend every visitor - private or on business - should go and see. And enjoy, experience: just sit down somewhere - on a bench, a stone, a curb... and watch life happening in front of you. THe more time you have the better. Then, of course, do not forget to start walking around, through the narrow alleyways and past the multitude of shops, eateries, fascinating places...

Visited July 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Bab Al Yemen Market”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Wonderful to wander around. Variety of local things to look at and buy (bargain hard!!!). Get there well befor lunch to avoid the traffic en-route and also the crowds. Be careful of taking photos outside the confines of the walled market as the police will stop you and delete them.

Be careful of the motorbikes so hold the hands of small children!

Visited July 2013
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“Where past meets… eternity”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I fell in love with the landmark decades ago when I first saw Sanaa in the news. With the quirky Old City houses behind it, Bab Al Yemen looked like the gates to a mysterious world of oriental fairy tale to me. And largely so it turned out to be!

They would tell you this is the place where the old Sanaa meets the modern one. But for me, it was like a doorway from the historic past to the eternity…

Bab Al Yemen is the large gates in the fortified walls surrounding the Old City of Sanaa, a UNESCO heritage site. Pass the gate, and you will immediately be wrapped up in the archaic bustling atmosphere of Souq Al-Milh – the main and the oldest market in the city (please, see my separate review). Various street sellers would approach you with their goods and crafts, promoting them in a non-hassling way. I found an old jambiyah seller one of the most remarkable characters…

Some sources say Bab Al Yemen is over 700 years old, the others mention a thousand years of history. In XIX, it was re-built by the Ottomans, and until XX was closed at the end of each day and until a morning prayer for security reasons. And according to our guide, it was the venue of another historic experience no longer practiced – the cut off hands of thieves were placed out there on the gates for public display.

The importance of Bab Al-Yemen is underlined by its depiction on Yemeni banknotes – you will find it on the rear side of YER 1000 bill.

I feel like mentioning that I felt totally safe walking in the area. The locals cast ample curious looks, but were from neutral to overwhelmingly friendly. And seeing the camera in my hands, they wouldn’t let me go before I had their photos taken. An amasing way to blend in...

Visited March 2013
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