Seiyun Airport, or more formally the Seiyun International Airport, is an airport located in Yemen, in the central province of Seiyun. It is a public-type airport serving its namesake city, and has an elevation of 2,097 feet. It also has an asphalt runway measuring 9,843 feet, and is served by two airlines namely Yemenia and Airlines of Tasmania. From the airport, Yemenia flies to major cities such as Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, and Sana'a (capital of Yemen), while Airlines of Tasmania serves the Aden and Sana'a routes. The Seiyun Airport has an IATA code of GXF, an ICAO code of OYSY, and is reachable directly from the Seiyun city centre and through the Airport road.
What to see & do
Seiyun, alternately known of Seiyun, is a city in the Hadhramaut region in Yemen. Some sources link Seiyun to Kathiri, a sultanate located in the same region of Hadhramaut in the southern Arabian Peninsula. It is said that once, Kathiri, or the Kathri State of Seiyun in Hadhramaut ruled over the now vicinity of Seiyun as an independent 'nation' under the protectorate of South Arabia. This happened from the 14th century up to the ‘60s, before Yemen declared independence from then Saudi Arabia (Federation of South Arabia). Seiyun became the sultanate's capital city. Today, Seiyun stands as one of the olden cities of Yemen, populated with at least 75,000 people.
Sultan Al Kathiri Palace – originally built as a fort in the 1920s, the Sultan Al Kathiri Palace became the royal residence of the Sultan of the Kathiri State of Seiyun. It is the most majestic set in Seiyun, and is considered as the city's marker. The palace complex consists of 16 buildings with heights peaking at 34 metres, divided into 90 rooms over-all. Part of the palace is now used as an archaeological museum of traditions and customs, as well as a public library used by locals.
Zabid – outside the vicinity of Seiyun lies one of Yemen's oldest towns called Zabid. Zabid boasts of a university that is as old as the 8th century, and a prevailing architecture that is both military and domestic – setting it apart from other styles found in other old cities in the Middle East. Besides being the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century, the city also played an important role in the Arab and Muslim world for many centuries because of its university system.
Socotra Archipelago – yet another site outside Seiyun, the Socotra Archipelago is a group of four islands in the Indian Ocean, several hundred kilometres south of the Arabian Peninsula. Socotra is the largest of the four islands, with Abd al Kuri, Samhah, and Darsa making up three smaller islands. The archipelago is popular for its remarkable biodiversity, with 90% of the archipelago's reptile species and snail species endemic and cannot be found anywhere else. Some 37% of the plant species of the archipelago are unique to the islands.
How to get around
Seiyun, and Yemen in general, is not an easy area to get around, especially for foreign nationals. Most of the travel modes require travel permits from tourists and travellers, while in some regions, independent travel is not possible. Lack of road infrastructure in the eastern Mahra region makes it even harder, but with the help of the Yemen Ministry of Tourism – almost all travels are possible. To be safe, visitors are advised to book and look for group tours from accredited providers and ditch the idea of independent travels. Learning a little Arabic will help, too (considerably).
How to get there
The Seiyun International Airport is the main gateway of the world to Seiyun. Travellers may come in through Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Sana'a, and Aden via Airlines of Tasmania or Yemenia.
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