Yemen prepares for summer tourist festivals [Archives:2006/962/Local News]

July 10 2006

SANA'A, July 9 ) The Ministry of Culture completed this week the preliminary steps of the Sana'a Tourist Summer Festival.

Minister of Culture, Nabil Al-Faqih said that his ministry is due to launch the inaugural carnival of the activities on July 16 in the Old City of Sana'a.

He added the Sana'a Tourist Summer Festival will coincide with activities of the Country's Tourist Festival in Hadramout and the Fourth Tourist Festival in Ibb.

According to Al-Faqih, tourist activities will be coordinated between Sana'a, Hadramout and Ibb to facilitate attendance of foreign visitors in all the tourist and summer activities, as well as to allow them tour the historic and tourist sites in the country.

Minister of Culture clarified the tourist activities are due to start with the Country's Tourist Festival in Hadramout on July 14 and then the carnival of the Sana'a Tourist Summer Festival. The Fourth Tourist Festival in Ibb is scheduled to kick off on July 16 while activities will be distributed and coordinated between the three governorates until August 28.

He emphasized that activities of the Sana'a Tourist Summer Festival, which involve many Arab and Yemeni famous artists, may help activate the national tourism via popularizing tourist, civil and historic sites in the country and attracting Arab and foreign tourists.