List of World Heritage Sites in Yemen

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This is a list of World Heritage Sites in Yemen with properties of cultural and natural heritage in Yemen as inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List or as on the country's tentative list. As of 2017, four sites in Yemen are included.[1] In addition to its inscribed sites, Yemen also lists ten properties on its tentative list.[1]

World Heritage Sites[edit]

The table is sortable by column by clicking on the Sort both.gif at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the site, area, and year columns; by state party for the location column; and by criteria type for the criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.

Site; named after the World Heritage Committee's official designation[2]
Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee[3]
Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. The lack of value implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable
  † In danger
Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Description
Historic Town of Zabid Zabid, Yemen.jpg YemAl Hudaydah Governorate,
14°11′53″N 43°19′48″E / 14.19806°N 43.33000°E / 14.19806; 43.33000
1993 Zabid was the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century. Its Islamic university greatly contributed to the spread of Islamic knowledge.[4]
Old City of Sana'a Sana.jpg YemSana'a Governorate,
15°21′20″N 44°12′29″E / 15.35556°N 44.20806°E / 15.35556; 44.20806
1986 Situated in a mountain valley, Sana'a has been continuously inhabited for more than 2,500 years. It became a centre for the spread of Islam in the 7th and 8th centuries. The city is home to the unique rammed-earth tower-houses, in addition to 103 mosques and 14 hammams built before the 11th century.[5]
Old Walled City of Shibam Shibam Wadi Hadhramaut Yemen.jpg YemHadhramaut Governorate,
15°55′37″N 48°37′36″E / 15.92694°N 48.62667°E / 15.92694; 48.62667
1982 The 16th-century walled city of Shibam is among the oldest and best examples of vertical urban planning, with its distinct mud brick tower houses garnering it the nickname "the Manhattan of the desert".[6]
Socotra Archipelago Socotra dragon tree.JPG YemHadhramaut Governorate,
12°30′00″N 53°50′00″E / 12.50000°N 53.83333°E / 12.50000; 53.83333
410,460 (1,014,300) 2008 The Socotra Archipelago is known for its great biodiversity and distinct flora and fauna, with a large number of endemic species found nowhere else on earth. It also supports a broad range of avian and marine life.[7]

Location of sites[edit]

Location of World Heritage Sites in Yemen.

Tentative list[edit]

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage List are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[8] As of 2017, Yemen lists ten properties on its tentative list. Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam are the major allies of Yemen in UNESCO inscriptions.[1]

Site Image Location Criteria Year
Archaeological site of Marib Ancient Ma'rib 01.jpg Ma'rib Governorate Cultural:
Historic city of Saada Sa'dah 02.jpg Saada Governorate Cultural:
The Historic City of Thula Thula fortification steps.JPG 'Amran Governorate Cultural:
The Madrasa Amiriya of Rada 3amiriya school2.jpg Al Bayda Governorate Cultural:
Jibla and its surroundings Jibla, Yemen (14262696121).jpg Ibb Governorate Cultural:
Jabal Haraz Yemen (11462772954).jpg Sana'a Governorate Mixed 2002
Jabal Bura Al Hudaydah Governorate Mixed 2002
Balhaf/Burum coastal area BirAli Crater.JPG Shabwah Governorate Mixed 2002
The Hawf Area Al Mahrah Governorate Natural:
Sharma/Jethmun coastal area Hadhramaut Governorate Natural 2002

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "yemen". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ "World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  3. ^ "The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Historic Town of Zabid". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Old City of Sana'a". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Old Walled City of Shibam". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Socotra Archipelago". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Tentative Lists". UNESCO. Retrieved 7 October 2010.