19 Seriously Cool Facts About Sana’a

Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 19 facts about Sana’a!

Geographical stats…

  1. Sana’a is the capital city of Yemen.
  2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced San-eye-ah.
  3. The total land area of Sana’a is 2,144 square miles (5,552 square kilometres)…Facts about Sana'a
  4. …that’s roughly 1.5 times the size of Cornwall!
  5. Sana’a’s population was 2,962,000 in 2015…
  6. …that’s nearly 6 times the population of Cornwall…
  7. …and gives it a population density of around 1,256 residents per square mile.
  8. Sana’a is located 7,380 ft above sea level.
  9. Residents of Sana’a are known as Yemenis.
  10. Yemenis living in Sana’a enjoy a Semi-arid climate with little annual temperature variation and an average annual temperature of 16.2°C.
  11. Looking to fly yourself to Sana’a? You’ll need the coordinates of 15.3694° N, 44.1910° E.
  12. Make sure you visit one of the many hammams if you’re in Sana’a; not only are these wonderful saunas a great place to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries, they’re also perfect for meeting locals!
  13. The old city of Sana’a is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its incredible buildings, all of which were built before the 11th century!

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Sana’a is Arabic.
  2. Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years!
  3. Yemeni Rial is the official currency here.
  4. It is said that Shem, the son of Noah, built Sana’a following the floods!
  5. Yemen welcomed 990,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Sana’a for its amazing food, beautiful hammams and rich culture.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Sana’a? You can make cheap calls to Sana’a with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00967.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Sana’a, head over to the Yemen Times website.

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