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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Yemen. Car rental in Yemen includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Introduction
The Republic of Yemen was formed in 1990, when North Yemen and South Yemen were united. The country is located at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north and Oman to the east. The Red Sea lies to the west, and the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Eden are located to the south. Yemen also includes several dozen islands in the Red Sea and Socotra in the Arabian Sea. Its recent history is troubled, with a civil war in Northern Yemen being fought since 2004. Because of this political crisis, and the high threat of tribal violence and terrorist attacks, travel to Yemen is strongly discouraged, particularly to the Saada region of northern Yemen.

Population and language
The population of Yemen has grown rapidly in recent decades, and is currently estimated at 24.7 million, with 46% of the population under the age of 15. Yemenis are primarily of Arab origin. The majority of the country's population is divided into tribal groups, particularly in the northern regions of the country. The country also hosts significant numbers of refugees from Somalia, Iraq, and Ethiopia. Approximately 53% of the population are Sunni Muslims, while 45% are Shia Muslims. Only about 1 percent of Yemenis are non-Muslim. Arabic is the official language, although English is increasingly spoken in major cities and by members of the upper classes.

Major cities and tourist destinations
The capital and largest city, Sana'a, has grown rapidly in recent decades, from 55,000 residents in 1978 to more than 1 million today. Yemen is known for its natural and cultural attractions, four of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Old Walled City of Shibam, or “Manhattan of the Desert,” is a 16th-century city surrounded by a fortified mud and straw wall. The ancient Old City of Sana'a, built more than two thousand years ago, features 6,000 houses and 103 mosques all dating from before the 11th century. The Historic Town of Zabid, near the Red Sea coast, is a historical capital city, now known as an archaeological and historical site. The Socotra Archipelago, a remote and isolated island chain, is known for its amazing biodiversity; many of the plants and animals that live here cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Climate
Most of Yemen has a desert climate. It is hotter and more humid along the western coast, and extremely hot and dry in the east. The climate is temperate in the western mountains, which receive more rainfall along with seasonal monsoon. The weather in the mountains can be chilly, especially at higher elevations. Sana'a, with an elevation of more than 7,200 feet, tends to be cold, especially at night, when the temperature can fall to zero during the winter months.

Economy
Yemeni, one of the least developed countries in the Middle East, has a formal employment rate of 35%. Political unrest over the past four decades has hampered Yemen's economic growth. Its economy is heavily dependent on oil; petroleum accounts for approximately 25% of GDP and 70% of government revenue. Widespread corruption has prevented foreign investment in other sectors of the economy. GDP is currently estimated to be $33 billion USD, with exports valued at $8.7 billion USD and imports at $8.2 billion USD. The currency is the Yemeni rial.

Transportation
Yemen is a relatively difficult country to get in and around. Sana'a has an international airport offering flights to and from select international cities including Dubai, Cairo, Frankfurt, and Istanbul. There are no longer direct flights to London due to concerns over terrorist threats in Yemen. Foreign tourists to Yemen must have travel permits to travel outside the capital, and in some areas, independent travel is not possible. Some areas of the country are off-limits to travel or require military escorts. It is essential to stay informed about local conditions in the area you wish to travel. Some areas lack roads, although other regions have well-maintained or newly-built highways. There are taxi systems within the larger cities. For trips outside the capital city, a car hire is the best option; consider hiring a driver as well.

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