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Yemen, located on the southern end of the Arabian peninsula, has more than 200 islands off its coast on the Red Sea. A largely tribal country, it is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, but has a long history as a major trading center and benefits from a rich culture. Personal relationships are valued in all aspects of life, including business.
Family and tribe are incredibly important to Yemenis, as is demonstrating respect. Extended families often live together, and the man is the provider and head of household, though women make decisions about how the home is run.
Friends like to visit eachother in the afternoon, often every day, to talk and socialize. Boys like to play soccer, and girls to dance. Teenagers do not date, and most marriages are arranged.
Yemeni food is heavily influenced by Indian and African cuisine. Spice is plentiful, and seafood is plentiful in coastal areas. In rural areas, many people eat with their hands or flat breads, though urban Yemenis use spoons and some other utensils. Families usually eat together.
Arabic is the official language, though spoken language is in regional dialects. Many educated people speak English. Islam is the country's official religion, and Yemenis are very devout.