7 Things to Do in Sanaa That You Shouldn't Miss

August 21, 2017 Augustus Redeker

Discover the best top things to do in Sanaa, Yemen including Old City of Sanaa, Dar al-Hajar, Bab al-Yemen, Al Saleh Mosque, Souk Al-Milh, Great Mosque of Sana'a, Al-Khair Mosque.
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1. Old City of Sanaa

Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
81%
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15%
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Old City of Sanaa

The old, walled city has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years and contains a wealth of intact architectural gems.

Reviewed By Jonathan D

Lets hope that war and hunger will stop tormenting Yemen and allow them to enjoy life in this marvelous and beautiful country. Nobody should have to live in fear and worry about where their next meal is coming from.

2. Dar al-Hajar

Wadi Dhahr, Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
82%
Good
18%
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5 based on 37 reviews

Dar al-Hajar

Reviewed By Saskiagrav - Padua, Italy

If we see photos of Yemen , this is the photo that says it all . Take a tour here with a guide who will take you up to this amazing little palace from where you can see the surrounding countryside . Its all original and I would love to be a fly on the wall a couple of hundred years ago to see what life was like back then right here in this famous house.

3. Bab al-Yemen

Old City, from Bab al-Yemen northward, Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
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2%
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Bab al-Yemen

Reviewed By abdulrahman542 - Najran

One of great place to be seen in Yemen at the capital city Seeing that old gate with all surrounding old building and shopping places and nice mosque

4. Al Saleh Mosque

Mezquita, Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
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0%
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5 based on 21 reviews

Al Saleh Mosque

Reviewed By NewYorkertravelor - New York, NY, USA

Wow! So beautiful. We were provided with an English speaking guide who did engage us in a discussion of religion in which she did try to convert us to Islam. They provided me with a really cool black hooded robe to wear for modesty and offered further opportunity for religious studies.

5. Souk Al-Milh

Old City, from Bab al-Yemen northward, Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
80%
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20%
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5 based on 10 reviews

Souk Al-Milh

Reviewed By Cora_v - Kyiv

There is no missing Souq al-Milh if you are in Sanaa – this is the main and the oldest market in the city, similar in significance to Khan Khalil in Cairo or Grand Bazaar in Tehran.
Souq al-Milh is located in the very heart of Old Sanaa. It stretches northwards from spectacular Bab al-Yemen (“The Gates of Yemen”), so to find it easier, enter from there.
Literally meaning «The Salt Market», it is certainly not limited to selling salt these days. Originally it was only one of the smaller markets in the bazaar area, which is presently called Souq al-Milh in its entirety, divided into the specialised markets, some of which have their own names.
I have not walked through all of its sectors, but can bet it’s possible to buy traditional spices; cloths; jewellery – silver and gold, with precious and semi-precious stones; antiquities; woodwork, including window frames and doors that Yemen is famous for; jambiyas (curved daggers that all Yemeni men – from kids to seniors – carry for both symbolic and practical purposes) and accessories for them; books; some souvenirs and even qat.
The qat, spices and henna markets are among the ancient ones. I also found them terrific for people-watching and photo-opportunities! Yemeni people just love to have their photos taken; so the Souq is a photographer’s paradise. Painters in henna market can decorate your hands with henna-painting in the way adored by local women.
Even if you are not into shopping, don’t hesitate to go to Souq to watch the amazing daily life scenes – man chewing qat, women shopping for cloths, bazaris promoting their goods, locals chatting and changing news, omnipresent kids fooling around and posing for cameras...
And if you love to shop, better come very early in the morning or before dawn, when the market is at the peak of activity. Unlike obtrusive Egypt bazaars, there’s no annoying hassling in Souq al-Milh. But like in any oriental bazaar, bargaining is more than welcome while shopping.

6. Great Mosque of Sana'a

Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
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5 based on 4 reviews

Great Mosque of Sana'a

Reviewed By chalex2015 - Monterrey, Mexico

One of the most beautiful mosques I have been to, it contrasts with the rest of Sana'a architecture. Massive minarets, beautifully crafted. The interior is as stunning, high end caroets, columns and rooms. Really really worth the visit

7. Al-Khair Mosque

Soqatra Street, Sanaa, Yemen
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Al-Khair Mosque

Reviewed By persey2007 - Moscow, Russia

Мечеть Аль-Хайр очень имеет большое почитание в Йемене. На вид может и скромна, но Сама изюминка внутри здания. Иногда не просто говорят - не все то золото, что блестит.

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