During summer vacationCurrent year sees huge influx of expatriates [Archives:2005/863/Local News]

July 28 2005

By Nabil al-Osaidy
Informed Sources expected an increase in the number of expatriates through the road inlets, compared with previous years.

The sources attributed this increase to a number of factors. Most important among these is the inauguration of al-Wadia'a inlet in the north of Hadramot Governorate. It is on the boarders with Saudi Arabia. It was opened last year. Long roads were also opened between the Eastern and Northern Governorates. The Ministry of public works rehabilitated roads connecting Al-Maharah Governorate, which is the Eastern gate of Yemen, with Hadramot, Shabwa and Ma'rib.

Some governorates have witnessed a boom in construction and tourism. On top of these is Hadramot and Al-Mukala in particular, in which the fine celebrations of the last unity anniversary were held. Its huge corniche was also opened on the last 22nd May festival.

A large number of Yemeni expatriates prefer to visit home durning summer vacations so that their kids could spend enjoyable times among relatives and friends. They also find a chance to visit historical and tourist sites, in addition to other fine Yemeni places.

Furthermore the, transport between Yemen and Oman witnessed a prominent activity through Shahn boarder outlet in Al-Maharah.

Formal statistics said that the number of those who entered the country through Shahn during the last five months were more than 7,500 visitors. They were Yemeni expatriates, Arabs and foreigners who come for investment, trade and tourism.

Information from there confirms that most of the visitors are from Hadramot governorate itself. They prefer to come in their own cars from the Gulf States through Shan, because of its relatively short distance in comparison with other roads.