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17 things to do

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Sheraton Sana'a

On the same street as the Mövenpick Hotel and not far from the British Embassy. The Sheraton is showing its age and public areas are in need of refurbishment. Rooms however are good and have relatively fast internet connection. Restaurants are expensive and the costs of a beer in the bar requires a large investment. Dance shows are popular in the restaurants and require an additional entry fee. The pool, despite being scruffy, is a relief from the summer heat.

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Shammr Hotel and Suites

the ideal choice both for business travellers and holiday-makers. This well-equipped, cosy, and clean (even by European standards) hotel is in Hadda district, only 10 minutes from the center. 24-hour catering, excellent breakfast at any time of the day, gym, and massage. Rooms are spacious and prices are reasonable for a four-star hotel. Super friendly staff makes it a pleasure to stay there.

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Arabia Felix Hotel

The in Old Sana'a is a cheap way to get a feel for the old city. Rooms are basic but the charm is in staying in an authentic old Yemeni town house. Breakfast and the courtyard garden are excellent. Prices weigh in at a hefty USD25 for a double room. Other hotels in the old town include the Daoud (David) and the Talha. All three hotels offer excellent views over the old town.

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National Museum of Yemen

The museum is located in a former palace that was restored and converted into a museum. Here you can learn about the nation's history and culture. Most exhibits include English descriptions along with Arabic.

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Burj Al Salam Hotel

In the old part of the city. Traditionally styled building with reasonable facilities. Excellent view of the city from the roof top restaurant. Wi-Fi. It can be noisy because it is right next to two mosques.

SLEEP   —  +967 1 483333 —  Map

Military Museum

Displays artifacts related to the Yemeni military. Explanations are all in Arabic; however, there is a part outside where they have English explanations about some of the more modern artifacts.

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Bab al-Yemen

One of the city's most important landmarks, it is the gate leading into the Old City, which is surrounded by ancient walls. The souk and many excellent restaurants are located nearby.

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Wadi Dhahr

A valley a few kilometers outside of Sana'a with green fields, villages, and the face Rock Palace of an Imam of Yemen.

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Mövenpick Hotel Sanaa

Large hotel with pool outside the city center. Great view and probably one of the safest hotels in Sanaa.

SLEEP   —  +967 154 66 66 —  Berlin Street

Al Saleh Mosque

Located near the heavily-guarded Presidential Palace, it is one of the largest mosques in the world.

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Great Mosque of Sana'a

One of the oldest mosques in the world. The oldest known written copy of the Quran was found here.

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An ancient hidden village located just outside Sana'a on the way to Kawkaban.

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Sam City Hotel

Staff make an effort to look after you and a great deal.

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About Sana'a

One of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world (others being Jericho, Damascus and Aleppo), Sana'a is traditionally said to have been founded by Shem, the son of Noah. As a result, the city has the unlikely nickname of "Sam City".

Sana'a will start surprising you the moment you arrive at the airport. All the policemen and the civilians wear jambiya, the unique Yemeni dagger. Even small children are wearing little daggers. Everyone has a swollen cheek because of chewing qat leaves. Outside the airport, all buildings look the same because of uniformly painted windows and walls.

Source: wikivoyage