Sana’s is the largest city in the Arabic country of Yemen. The oldest area UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring incredible architecture. This ancient city is steeped in rich history and culture. Sadly, it’s been the site of several conflicts in recent history that have destroyed the city and made life extremely hard for its citizens. Yemen is an extremely dangerous country and should be avoided at all costs. Terrorist groups are likely to carry out attacks in the city and kill foreigners. In 2007, eight people were killed in a suicide car bombing carried by the terrorist group Al-Qaida. In 2011, four British tourists were snatched by a small, radical Muslim group, the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army. When government troops surrounded them, the hostages were lined up in front of their captors and shot.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
The transport system in Yemen is very limited, and with many roads being destroyed, it’s dangerous to be in a car. It’s also likely that you might get kidnapped whilst on the road. Only travel around Sana’a in groups with an experienced guide.
Scams & Robberies Risk: HIGH
There is a high possibility that you will be scammed here. Look out for people trying to distract you by asking for help of making a scene – they may be distracting you while an accomplice steals from you. Leave any valuables behind when traveling around the city. Violent crimes are extremely common in Yemen and muggings and armed robberies do occur.
Natural Disaster Risk: HIGH
Yemen has historically been a victim of severe flooding. The 2020 Yemen flood was a flash flood that killed at least 172 people in Yemen and damaged homes and UNESCO-listed world heritage sites across the country.