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Old February 11th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #21
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Main road from Wadi Hadramawt to Al Mukalla

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Old February 11th, 2011, 03:25 PM   #22
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Divided highway between Al Mukalla and Ash-Shihr

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One of the rare signs of Mashreq road numbers in Yemen, M100. Outside of area around Al Mukalla I have seen only two Mashreq numbers in Yemen. One sign of M45 between Ibb and Ta´izz. And one sign of M55 between Zabid and Al Hudayda. Sadly I have no pictures of these. Yemen is only country beside Syria where I have seen Mashreq numbers so far. There is no national road numbering system in Yemen.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #23
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Road from Aden to Ta'izz

Divided highway north of Aden
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Old February 13th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #24
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I wonder why Yemen never really managed to turn its oil and gas revenue into better roads. Yemen arguably has the worst road system in the Middle East or at least the Arabian peninsula.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 05:56 PM   #25
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Road from Ta'izz to Ibb
The road is continuing to Sana´a. So it's connecting Yemen's capital to the third largest city, Ta'izz, but most of traffic from Sana'a to second largest city, Aden, is also using this road currently instead of direct road running further east from here.

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Divided highway from Ta'izz to Al-Qa'idah
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By-pass of Al-Qa'idah
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Road north of Al-Qa'idah is not widened yet
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Old February 13th, 2011, 05:59 PM   #26
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Mountains between Ta'izz and Ibb
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Divided highway near Ibb
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Old February 13th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #27
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I wonder why Yemen never really managed to turn its oil and gas revenue into better roads. Yemen arguably has the worst road system in the Middle East or at least the Arabian peninsula.
The profit from oil is really small in Yemen comparing with other countries on Arabian peninsula. And export of gas just started about one year ago. Yemen would need huge foreign investments to build up the economy as today most of the people are still working in agriculture and unemployment is about 35 %. You can better compare Yemen with Ethiopia and Eritrea than with Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Current road system is actually good enough for the country and paved roads have reached to most parts of country during last 15 years thanks to the help from Saudi Arabia, Emirates and so on. I visited Yemen last time 3 years ago and during these 3 years there have been huge improvements on many main roads. Lots of new stretches of divided highways have been built or are under construction and some of the oldest asphalt roads have got much needed new covers. There is actually no need for highways with 8 lanes as you can see from road near Ta'izz because traffic even on most important roads don't need more than 2 lanes on most of stretches (except maybe some parts around bigger towns). These are just gifts from more wealthier neighbors and these neighbors have also built good asphalt roads to many small mountain and desert villages.
After recent visit to Yemen it seems for me that many roads in much more developed countries like Syria and Jordan are actually worse than most of roads in Yemen today. And there is much higher traffic density on main highways in Syria and Jordan than in Yemen.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #28
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Local road on Mt Sabir near Ta'izz

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Old February 14th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #29
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Road from Ta'izz to Tihama region on Red Sea coast

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Partly opened divided highway west of Ta'izz
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Construction of divided highway
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Road is descending through mountains to Tihama plane
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Old February 14th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #30
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Local road on Red Sea coast between Al Khawkhah and Al Fazah

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Old February 14th, 2011, 12:36 PM   #31
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Main road on Tihama plane on the way from Ta'izz to Al Hudayda

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Old February 14th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #32
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Roads in Aden on the way from Gold Mohur to Ma'ala and on to Crater
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Ma'ala
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Site of former Aden's gate. Entrance to Crater.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #33
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We should remember that this beautiful country is actually the poorest arab country. As it has been said above, Yemen has few natural ressources and remain mainly a rural country. Given that, I think the road infrastructure does not seem to be so bad.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #34
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Nice photos, vatse.

I like the maps of the route, and the captions are helpful too.

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Old February 18th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #35
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Nice photos, vatse.

I like the maps of the route, and the captions are helpful too.

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I hope to post some more routes next week.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 12:32 PM   #36
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Road from Al Hudayda to Sana'a

It's one of the oldest roads built for motor traffic in Yemen. It was built during 1950s by Chinese workers to connect Sana'a to Al-Hudayda, the most important port of former Northern Yemen. Until this time it was possible to reach Red Sea from Sana'a only by mules and donkeys on small mountain tracks. After opening it stayed as one of the busiest roads in Yemen until unification of Yemen but it stays as one of the main transport roads for goods to/from Sana'a until today. Most of traffic from Sana'a to Saudi Arabia is also using this road through mountains but some of the traffic is using northern road through Amran and Hajjah. Original mountain road have got the new and much needed asphalt on most of the road already but some parts are still waiting for renovation.

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The road from Al-Hudayda to beginning of mountains is widened to divided highway
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 12:41 PM   #37
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The road follows Wadi Dayan for some time and then some side valleys of it reaching the heart of mountains without steep rise. Lowest parts of valleys are good for banana, papaya etc. growing with tropical climate. Higher parts are suitable for coffee and qat plantations.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 12:45 PM   #38
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 01:15 PM   #39
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Until now the road have reached only the altitude of about 1200 m but with next 10-15 km it has to rise up to the first pass at about 1970 m. You can see some houses near the pass on mountain side in front of you.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 06:18 PM   #40
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Absolutely gorgeous, I envy you. And those roads aren't bad at all.
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