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Yemen (Arabic: اal-Yaman), officially the Republic of Yemen (Arabic: al-Jumhuuriyya al-Yamaniyya) is a Middle Eastern country located on the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia. With a population of about 20 million people, Yemen is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the North, the Red Sea to the West, the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden to the South, and Oman to the east. Yemen's territory includes over 200 islands, the largest of which is Socotra, about 415 kilometres (260 miles) to the south of Yemen, off the coast of Somalia. It is the only republic on the Arabian Peninsula. The capital is Sanaa (Sana'a).

Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the world. Between 2300 BC and the sixth century AD, it was part of the Sabaean, Awsanian, Minaean, Qatabanian, Hadhramawtian, Himyarite, and some other kingdoms, which controlled the lucrative spice trade. It was known to the Ancient Romans as Arabia Felix ("Happy Arabia") because of the riches its trade generated. Augustus Caesar attempted to annex it, but the expedition failed. The Ethiopian Kingdom of Aksum annexed it by around 520, and it was subsequently taken by the Sassanids Persians around 570.

In 1839, the British occupied the port of Aden and established it as a colony in September of that year. They also set up a zone of loose alliances (known as protectorates) around Aden to act as a protective buffer. North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and became a republic in 1962. In 1967, the British withdrew and gave back Aden to Yemen due to extreme pressure of battles with the North and Egyptian allies. After the British withdrawal, this area became known as South Yemen. The two countries were formally united as the Republic of Yemen on May 22, 1990.

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We use the four classic seasons.
There are also two rainy seasons, monsoon-like:

spring monsoon: march / april
summer monsoon: july / august

"Most of Yemen lies in the border zone between two main weather patterns: the regular northerly winds (from the Mediterranean basin) and the southwest monsoon winds. These create a fairly well-defined seasonal rhythm; the northerly winds predominate during the winter, while in the summer the southwest monsoon brings the primary rains.
Cut off from this pattern by the central mountains, the southern fringe areas on the Gulf of Aden experience a markedly tropical climate."
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Yemen: Climate and Rainfall





Al Khallool flute

Arab Spring
the Arab “uprising” (Intifada), the Arab “awakening” (Sahwa).

Berries, Badian berries

Bread from Lahj (khamir lahaji)

Burj Khalifa Building in Dubai

Canna lily

Chameleon, Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)

Civil War, 1994

Desert, sand desert

Eid Al-Adha "Festival of Sacrifice" (Eid-ul-Adha)

Eid Al-Kabir, Aid Al Kabir

Honey badger, ratel Mellivora capensis

Henna, Hennah (Lawsonia inermis, syn. L. alba)

. Islamic Holidays, Muslim Holidays  

Katydid, long-horned grasshopper, bush cricket

Khat, Catha edulis, chewing khat

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Yemen

Night of Power, Lailatul Qadr / Lailat-Ul-Qadr

Orchid, orchids

Ramadan, "moon of faith"

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus)

Sambosa, samosa Food during the Ramadan

Sana'a, Aden Sanaa, the capital of Yemen

Shawwal and fasting the month of Shawwal

Socotra Island

Tea, tea glass




Yemen Public Holidays as KIGO


Bulbul mating and nesting season

Bird egg shells

Mother's day
March 21

Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia FamilyFlowers

Quince flowers (blossoms) Arabic Name: Safarjal

Sodom apple blossoms

Starling, amethyst starling and other birds

Thorny-headed globe thistle
Echinops spinosissimus and other thistles

Turtles nesting

Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)

Woodpecker breeding Arabian woodpecker (Dendrocopos dorae)



Acacia blossoms

Arabian gentian Exacum affine

Barbados Pride (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

Cotton blossoms

Dates, ripe dates from the Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

Desert rose (Adenium obesum)

Dust clouds

Flame of the Forest Tree (Delonix regia)

Floods, monsoon rain

Forty days of water

Iris, bearded Iris (Iris albicans)


Juniper berries

Mango fruit

Melon / cool melon / watermelon

Millet planting

Mosquito net

National Unity Day, Day of National Unity

Marigold Plants in the family Asteraceae.

Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia FamilyFruit

Quince fruit Arabic Name: Safarjal

dense clouds (July-August)
sea storming / storming sea or "upwelling"
runoff water

Straw hats (dholas, kofias and hadrami)

Thunderheads, lightning and rumbling thunder

Water tank (As-Saharieg)

Yemen linet (Carduelis yemenensis) Birds:
Yemen thrush (Turdus menachensis), Palm Dove (Streptopelia senegalensi) and Yemen warbler (Parisoma buryi)



Black kite (Milvus migrans)

Coffee berries coffee beans

Cotton harvest, cotton bolls

eucalyptus flowers

Independence Day


Millet harvest

October in the desert

Olive, olives (fruit)

Papaya tree leaves pawpaw leaf

Revolution Day, September 26

Yellowfin tuna (thamad)
Thunnus albacares



almond flowers

Camel, Dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) Yemen



Honey, Winter honey



Screw worm, screw worms

Sand skiing, dune skiing


General Information

. . . When Yemen Blooms

. . . Birds of Yemen

. . . More Birds of Yemen

YEMEN TIMES newspaper




Heike Gewi said...

crow talk –
winter arrives

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The sparrow
swallows a fly -
listen to crows

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After the heat
the cool -
my cat talks to a crow

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at my balcony
picking herbs and a quarrel..
young crow


Even in Yemen crows; a winter kigo.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the Yemen sajiki

much love


Heike gewi said...


beginning of spring - the time when a number of truly beautiful birds crosses over from Africa to breed in Yemen.
The breeding season of birds on the Red Sea coast of Yemen commences in January/February, but more usually in March or April with the beginning of the small wet season (An der jemenitischen Rotmeerküste beginnt die Brutzeit der Vögel im Januar/Februar, meist aber im März/April mit Beginn der Kleinen Regenzeit.).

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burning light
through my binocular..
first Amethyst Starling

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Heike Gewi said...

of course:

Heike Gewi

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