"Aden" Aden Municipality by janiebaxter

Aden Municipality Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 76 photos

A British Legacy

Most of Aden’s recent history is colonial, unlike the rest of Yemen. Aden was the main capital of the “South” of Yemen during the British period and still has some very British sights left including the graveyard, old clock and some post boxes.
It was extremely important after the Suez canal was built, and after oil was discovered it became the 3rd most important port in the world after London and New York in the 1950’s.
Aden went into decline in 1967 when the British left and the Suez canal was closed.
The unification of Yemen in 1990 led to investment in the Port of Aden to revive it.


I found Aden a disappointment as I expected more visible signs of its history and more character to the place. It is very run down and only deserves a one night stay - hotels are awful too!

Older History

Aden has been an important port since Sabaean times. During the 10th to 13th centuries Aden was a main trading port with a large population, particularly during the prosperous reign of Queen Arwa in the 11th century. The Ottomans controlled it until the British arrived in 1839. There were no signs of Aden's older history except the Al Aydrus mosque, which is modern compared to the rest of Yemen!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:None!
  • Cons:Hostile people, awful hotels, scruffy, not much to see
  • In a nutshell:Easy to miss out if you're short of time
  • Last visit to Aden Municipality: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 12, 2008
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