The world’s most expensive abaya, tagged at around USD 350,000.

Abayas: Faith or fashion?

Published on 3 March 2011 by Safiya Al-Jabry

Muslim women who like to wear designed clothes also want to wear designer abayas. Fashion houses are now starting to shift focus so as to meet the demands of this demographic. An increasing number of websites and fashion shows feature abayas, and some top European labels like Blumarine have showcased models wearing couture abayas.

Shadi Mohammad Qasim, 25, shows off his muscles at the gym.

Pumping it to look like Arnie

Published on 14 September 2010 by Ismail Sheikh Abdoh

Bodybuilding is surprisingly popular in the Yemeni capital. Around 100 people attend five daily training shifts in the gym at the Bodybuilding and Wrestling Association. There are over ten gyms spread across Sana’a, with an average subscription cost of YR 2,000 a month.

Yemeni coffee served in Ark Cafe is roasted on the premises to a medium level.

This article has photo galleryYemeni coffee big in Japan

Published on 10 February 2011 by Ross West

Yemen Mocha Mattari coffee is very popular in Japan, but few people know that it comes from Yemen. In fact, few people even know where Yemen is. On a recent trip to Japan I sat in a small cafe talking to the owner about Yemeni coffee in Japan.

"The woman who fell from the sky"

Published on 27 September 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf

She was a woman who fell from the sky in robes of dew and became a city…

The Plastic Jambiya is not imported from China as many people believe, it is made in Yemen.

Authenticity matters: Yemenis reject plastic jambiya

Published on 12 November 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly

About a year ago, the plastic Jambiya came to the market and nobody except its inventors knew it is made of plastic. People were deceived by the nice looking handle because the materials used in making it added transparent colors which make it look like original rare rhino–horn.

This article has photo galleryOsamu Tezuka: A Japanese godfather of modern day manga

Published on 17 May 2010 by Eyad N. Al-Samman

Tezuka as a manga artist and animator has created 700 stories which included more than 150,000 pages of manga and more than 60 anime that contained themes of progress, technology, environmentalism, tolerance, transformation and reincarnation.

Almond blossom and dry river beds of the capital's villages

Published on 1 March 2010 by Judith Spiegel

Somewhere I heard or read that Sana’a is the fastest growing city in the world. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. What is undeniably true though, is that Sana’a grew in little more than 50 years from a small town that only consisted of the Old City into an ever expanding city, now nibbling at the feet of old villages and creating new ones.

What you didn’t know about Yemeni names

Published on 25 November 2010 by Malak Shaher

Yemenis have witnessed, and continue to witness, wars and tense situations. This has been reflected in the naming of children. During the revolution of 1962, the names Burkan (volcano), Thaer (revolutionary) and Sharar (spark), were common.

Female tour guides show the way in Socotra.

This article has photo galleryFemale guides welcome visitors to Socotra

Published on 20 January 2011 by Bohdana Rambouskova

A steep goat path leads up to Hoq Cave. A group of tourists are moving slowly, panting. They are following a tiny Soqotri woman covered in a black balto and niqab despite the heat. Their feet in sophisticated outdoor shoes step on sharp stones and reddish soil which her plastic ipops had touched just a moment ago. They still have a long way to go.

Socotra is home for Dragon’s blood trees and different bird and plant species.

This article has photo gallerySocotra’s island’s memorable guides

Published on 16 December 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi

The air was fresh and warm as we gazed at a great variety of unusual plants, including Socotra’s distinctive Dragon’s Blood trees synonymous with the unique island. Rare Egyptian vultures ew around us as we looked out on a calm blue sea, with white waves.We spent an exhausting but memorable four days on Yemen’s famous and fascinating island of Socotra.