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What to do in Yemen: Believe me, they grow and consume a psychoactive plant

Did you know that in Yemen most inhabitants chew a plant called "Khat" every day? That's right! They consider it a fundamental part of their culture. But, calm down! Let's explain everything.


Yemen, located at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is a country with a rich history dating back to biblical times. Some of the must-see spots are the city of Sanaa, with its impressive tower buildings, the ancient city of Shibam, known as the "Manhattan of the Desert", the port city of Aden, the Socotra Archipelago, famous for its unique biodiversity, and Marib, home to the ancient Temple of the Queen of Sheba.


The local currency is the Yemeni Rial and the language is Arabic. Regarding the entry of Brazilians, a visa is required, which must be requested at the Yemeni Embassy in Brazil or in a neighboring country. We entered by land due to the instability in the country, we traveled from Salalah and traveled the beautiful roads of Oman to arrive in Hawf, in the country you can rent weapons and buy bullets, we know that this is part of the country's instability, but letting any layman rent one weapon caught our attention.

Politically and economically, Yemen has faced significant challenges. It is in the midst of civil conflict and the economy is in a critical situation. However, Yemenis are known for their resilience and hospitality.


Now, about our initial curiosity. The Khat plant, which has a stimulating effect when chewed, is an intrinsic part of Yemeni culture. Afternoons in Yemen are generally reserved for social gatherings where Khat is consumed. However, the plant is controversial and is considered a drug in many countries.

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