I went to the General Investment Authority in Sana'a to talk to Deputy Chief Khalid Sharaf Addine about how Yemen's economy affects the lives of almost everyone. I went to the vegetable market in Al-Raqqa for the first time in recent days after a long day at the office of one of the country's largest banks.
Sanaa is the capital of Qat, one of Yemen's largest cities and the country's second largest city. Since Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, many consider Qats to be the region's main economic center and a major source of income.
The Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years and is located in the heart of the city of Qat, Yemen's capital and second largest city. The spread of Islam in the 7th and 8th centuries can be attributed to this city. Sanaa is directly linked to the history of the spread of Islam, as it was there that the first known mosques were built in Medina and Mecca.
The Old City of Sanaa has played an important role in the history of Yemen and the Arab-Islamic world, contributing to this by historical Yemeni figures such as Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen's first president, and B.H. Ahmed al-Qassim, one of the most important figures in Yemen's history. Another example of Yemen's rich history is Imam Yahya's Summer House in Yemen, built in the 1930s by Imam Ali bin Abdallah and often referred to as the "Rock Palace." Also important for the Yemeni, Arab, Islamic and world as a contribution to historical figures was the Old City, which is permeated by important Yemeni - Arab-Islamic - worlds.
Founded by Shem, son of Noah, Sanaa is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world (the others are Jericho, Damascus and Aleppo).
Sanaa became the capital of the united country when North Yemen merged with South Yemen, the former home of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In July 2016, he announced the formation of a political council to govern Sanaa and much of northern Yemen after being overthrown in 2011 after nearly 30 years in power.
Immediately after the attack, the Houthis, who are blamed for an Iranian attack, offered to stop rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia if Riyadh ceases the bombing. However, Riyadh was unwilling to give in to their demands to discredit the government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is in exile in the Saudi capital. In September 2019, Iran sent its envoy to Sanaa, sparking a state of euphoria among Yemenis. In September 2019, Ibrahim al-Dailami was appointed by the Yemeni government under President Abd-Rabbu as Yemen's Plenipotentiary Extraordinary Ambassador to Tehran.
As long as Yemen remains at war, Saudi leaders seem to believe that their country will not be unsafe or destabilized. So far, recurring Houthis missiles and drones in Saudi territory have not been enough to make them think about the danger posed by the Houthis. However, Iran has increased its presence in the country in recent months with the help of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
There is no doubt that Iran has deepened its role in Yemen, while Saudi Arabia seems to favor the continuation of the country's division between the militias. There is a strong possibility that it will deepen it further, as it has in recent years, although it prefers the Houthis "continued support against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government.
The country is divided between the Saudi-backed government in Aden and the Houthi militias, who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.
The Houthis claim these people are agents who follow Saudi Arabia and other Yemeni parties as enemies from the cities of Marib and Aden to the enemy. The airport and port are part of a coalition led by Saudi Arabia - the United Arab Emirates - which is fighting Iran - which supports Houthi Iran in Yemen. The Yemeni government in the south has been undermined by a coalition led mainly by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, leading to its outright exile. Fighting in Yemen has been deadlocked for months as southern separatists oust the Houthis and tribesmen drive them out of the capital, Sanaa, the country's second-largest city and a key port.
If Saudi Arabia had ignored Irloos's trip to Sanaa and failed to recognize his movements, it would have fulfilled its obligations under international law.
Hodeidah has a strategic importance, which results from its proximity to the Red Sea and its importance as an important port. Sanaa itself is highly unsafe by global standards, though it is relatively safe, unlike other parts of Yemen. Without adequate prevention and mitigation measures, the health and safety of the people of Sana'a and the country as a whole will continue to suffer immeasurably. It is the responsibility of the responsible authorities in Yemen to strengthen the old Sanaa and restore its incomparable beauty in a well-managed and coordinated manner.