In brief [Archives:2008/1144/Local News]

April 7 2008


Over 5,000 tourists visit Shibam Kawkaban

A tourist source said that about 5,660 tourists from different Arab and foreign nationalities had visited the historical city of Shibam Kawkaban in al-Mahweet governorate last March.

The tourists groups, including from Italy, America, France, Germany, Austria and Arab nationalities, visited the famous historical buildings in the city.

As one of the most beautiful tourist places in Yemen, Shibam Kawkaban received more than 5,144 Yemeni visitors from all governorates of the country.

Its popular market and famous mountain caves are among its tourist landmarks. The most visible Islamic remains is the Shibam Mosque which is now 1,020 years old.

Yemen, ESCWA to sign agreement on hosting round

Yemen and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) are expected to sign an agreement for hosting the ESCWA 25th round on 26-29 May, has said.

The agreement would be signed next Monday in Lebanon's capital Beirut by deputy UN secretary general, the ESCWA executive secretary Badr Omer al-Daf'a and Yemen's ambassador to Lebanon Faisal Abu Ras.

1st Int'l medical conference to be opened Monday in Sana'a

The First International Medical Conference will be commenced on Monday in Sana'a with the participation of 2000 Yemeni and Arab doctors.

The conference organized by the Yemeni Charitable Medical Association would be held during the period form 7th to 13th April.

The head of the association Mohammed Farhan told Saba that the conference would discuss four topics associated with medicine of accidents, surgical cases in Yemen, hepatitis disease, diabetes and impacts of blood pressure.

Many trainings courses will be launched within activities of the conference, Farhan said.


Kidnapped Yemeni fishing boat restored

Yemeni Fishing Brum Company restored on Saturday the fishing boat (Brum) kidnapped last Wednesday by Somali pirates, while it was fishing 60 miles off Mucalla coasts with 34 sailors on board.

Deputy Minister of Fishery Wealth Ghazi Lahmar told Saba that boat, owned by the company, arrived on Saturday to Ashaher Port in Hadramout and it was released by the International Coalition Forces, working in international waters, in coordination with Yemeni Coast Guard Forces.

Lahmar indicated that the fishermen were released using the Ships Detection and Surveillance System, imposed by fish ministry on all fishing boats.


German tourists visit Aden

Sixteen German tourists arrived in Aden on Sunday to get acquainted with the historical sites in the city. A tourist program had been prepared for the tourists to visit several places and archaeological landscapes and traditional markets in Aden.