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West Asian country

  • Yemen is a country in West Asia.
  • The country is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, and Oman to the east.
  • Sanaa is its capital and largest city.
  • It is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world.
  • Its territory includes over 200 islands.
  • Yemen gained independence from the Ottoman Empir in 1918.
  • Between 1918 and 1962, Yemen was a monarchy ruled by the Hamidaddin family.
  • The Alwazirs seized power after the 1947-48 revolution.
  • In February 1989, North Yemen joined Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt in forming the Arab Cooperation Council.
  • The Republic of Yemen was formed by the unification of North Yemen with South Yemen on May 22, 1990.
  • 'Yemen' was derived from the word 'yamin' meaning 'on the right side'.
  • The 2011 Yemeni revolution occured simultaneously with the 2011–2012 Egyptian revolution.
  • The country has only 35% employment.
  • Life expectancy in Yemen is 63.27 years.
  • Football is the most popular sport.
  • The country has four World Heritage sites.
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