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Waterfront of Al Mukalla.

Al Mukalla is in the Yemeni Highlands and eastern Yemen's biggest city, the gateway to the historical Hadhramaut region. A bustling port, it is well developed by Yemeni standards, with good roads and a reasonably smart waterfront.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Riyan Mukalla International Airport (RIY IATA) (is about 30km from the city). Was served by Felix Airways, Yemenia and others. But since 2015 all flights suspended. Riyan Airport (Q3505034) on Wikidata Riyan International Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]


  • Old city
  • Al-Ghwayzi fort






Ramada Al Mukalla Hotel
  • Ramada Al Mukalla (Holiday Inn). Arguably the best hotel in the area. It is not in the city centre but is a few km away. It has its own private beach, swimming pool and intermittent internet. All rooms have a sea view. It used to be a Holiday Inn, but has changed to the Ramada brand. Be careful on the beach as it is rocky with sharp objects/sea urchins at low tide.
  • Hadhramaut Hotel, +967 5 302060, +967 5 303441. Has swimming pool. On the eastern side of the city.
  • Al Salama Hotel. Cheaper hotel in the old city


Go next[edit]

  • Socotra – an island that is a UNESCO world natural heritage site, and very safe (in contrast to the Yemen mainland)

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