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Old May 13th 2013, 3:32 pm
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I know Yeman isnt part of the GCC. Is it just considered "middle east", or what ?
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Old May 13th 2013, 3:39 pm
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Yemen is considered to be in Asia, I think
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Funnily enough I was looking at Trip Advisor today and specifically the island of Socotra today, and specifically THIS hotel.

I really fancy going there for an R & R 5 days - but I understand it's dry? Can anyone confirm?

Edited to add, I took a look here and it says...

"Alcohol is not allowed outside of the big 5 star hotels (in Yemen), so you have to bring your alcoholic drinks with you".

Really?

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Originally Posted by winter View Post
Yemen is considered to be in Asia, I think
No, it's an African country; that should really piss off the 'White' Yemenis

Yeah it is Asia --> S.W. Asia --> Arabian Penninsula
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Near East.
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Funnily enough I was looking at Trip Advisor today and specifically the island of Socotra today, and specifically THIS hotel.

I really fancy going there for an R & R 5 days - but I understand it's dry? Can anyone confirm?

Edited to add, I took a look here and it says...

"Alcohol is not allowed outside of the big 5 star hotels (in Yemen), so you have to bring your alcoholic drinks with you".

Really?
Sounds about right, you can bring alcohol into the country no problem and as they say most of the big hotel chains or bars do sell alcohol.
You will struggle to get a visa as a tourist though, its lively at the moment.

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Sounds about right, you can bring alcohol into the country no problem and as they say most of the big hotel chains or bars do sell alcohol.
You will struggle to get a visa as a tourist though, its lively at the moment.

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Wait , you are not pulling anyone's leg are you? I thought Yemen was still rather dicy owing to the war on terror.
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Wait , you are not pulling anyone's leg are you? I thought Yemen was still rather dicy owing to the war on terror.
There is no war on terror here, but its dicey due to the separation movement between the south and north. And the various tribes and Qaida trying to take advantage.
"unification" day is coming up next week, and could get a bit emotional. but yes I am in Yemen
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I got my Yemen visa last week and was due to go on Sunday, but had to cancel as I am too busy on another project. I quite liked it.
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Wait , you are not pulling anyone's leg are you? I thought Yemen was still rather dicy owing to the war on terror.
Boom - you are in the US. There is no war on terror - what you are seeing in the news is your administration justifying the fact that 2/3 of remaining the inmates at the Bay are from Yemen and OB has no ability to solve that problem.
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I just returned from Socotra, and can thoroughly recommend it. Tourist visa wasn't a problem as this was covered by the tour company (Socotra Eco Tours). We flew with Felix Air who were pretty decent, in a provincial airline kind of way. Most people go camping on the island as hotels are limited, and only in the main town. We stayed a couple of nights in the Summerland which was good although felt more like a large family run guesthouse than a hotel.

I'm sure you've looked it up, but the beaches on the west coast are breathtaking, as are the large pods of spinner dolphins you see there. You also get to see plants that don't exist anywhere else such as the dragon blood tree, the bottle tree, and the cucumber tree(!).

Feel free to PM is you have any questions. We're already planning our return trip.
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Originally Posted by Kix View Post
Funnily enough I was looking at Trip Advisor today and specifically the island of Socotra today, and specifically THIS hotel.

I really fancy going there for an R & R 5 days - but I understand it's dry? Can anyone confirm?

Edited to add, I took a look here and it says...

"Alcohol is not allowed outside of the big 5 star hotels (in Yemen), so you have to bring your alcoholic drinks with you".

Really?

W10 went there a few years back remember?
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