Yemen — which means South Arabia in Arabic — was for centuries the center of civilization and wealth on the Arabian peninsula.
The City of Aden in Yemen draws its vitality from the Port of Aden. The story of Aden as a trading centre stretches back over 3000 years. Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta visited it in the 11th and 12th Centuries. In the 1800’s, Aden grew as ship fuelling port, holding stocks of coal and water supplies for the early steamers. Port services expanded after the Suez Canal opened in 1869 as Aden grew to become, by the 1950’s, one of the busiest ship bunkering and tax-free-shopping and trading ports in the world. Barges moved cargoes between ships berthed in the Inner Harbour and the wharves. Coastal vessels and dhows carried cargoes to and from regional ports.
Unfortunately, Yemen similar to other countries in the Middle East and Africa seems to have suffered a significant decline in natural resources and economic self-sufficiency since other countries in the area and Europe found them no longer a safe bet.
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