How safe is Yemen to travel to, assuming we have a guide and don't do any solo missions into the desert areas? We are interested in seeing Aden, and also Shibham for the Manhattan towers, and possibly Sa'ana as well. We've heard that safety is a big problem for tourists in Yemen with a few kidnappings and shootings in recent years. Is there any risk to us in the cities, in terms of hostility to westerners? If anyone is answering this questions, perhaps you can also comments on the best time of year to visit? I have heard Yemen is unbearably hot at certain times of year. Final part of the question: the Socotra islands are a dream to visit - is it possible or are they forbidden or too dangerous?