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AL-Hudayda:-                                                                                        Top

Capital of the region, Al-Hudayda has also been called the 'bride of the Red Sea' that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it's a pleasant enough place to overnight on your way elsewhere or to relax for an afternoon. The town does boast one unmissable attraction: a spectacular fish market.

History:-

Settled originally by immigrant fishermen. Al-Hudayda later became known for two things: the export of peals. Later, with the development of its port facilities (from the mid-20th century), it enjoyed a kind of boom. Today the town is the forth largest in Yemen.

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Beit Al-Faqih:-                                                                                          Top
Although second only to Al-Hudayda in regional importance, the only reason for the traveler to visit this dusty, road site town is foe its famous market, one of the best known in Yemen, which takes place 1.5km west of the main road. The town is also known for its weaving industry, and production of good-quality, hand woven head cloths, tablecloths, mats, rugs and, particularly, futas (sarong-like 'skirts' for men). 
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Zabid:-                                                                                                     Top

Lying 99km south Al-Hudayda, Zabid is positioned between mountains and coast and is reputedly one of the hottest places on earth. The city was founded in AD 819 on the personal orders of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mahmoom and soon became known – both inside and outside of Yemen – as a centre of Islamic and scientific learning. It is even said the algebra was invented by a scholar from Zabid. Over the centuries, local dynasties have also made it their capital. The old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and in 2000 was registered on the organizations 'Danger List', requiring urgent funds for restoration. 
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AL-Khawkha:-                                                                                          Top
Formerly a vital port for the export of coffee, Al-Khawkha today is the largest fishing village along the southern coast of the Red Sea. The town's of little interest to travelers, but in the vicinity of Al-Khawkha, there are several, small, seaside complexes that make a pleasant break from all the culture vulturine. Avoid the beaches in the town itself: they're none too clean.
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