Sanaʽa, also spelled Sanaa or Sana, is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sanaa Governorate. The city is not part of the Governorate, but forms the separate administrative district of "Amanat Al-Asemah". Under the Yemeni constitution, Sanaʽa is the capital of the country, although the seat of the internationally recognised government moved to Aden in the aftermath of the September 21 Revolution. Sanaʽa is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is situated next to the Sarawat Mountains of Jabal An-Nabi Shu'ayb and Jabal Tiyal. The Old City of Sanaʽa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a distinctive architectural character, most notably expressed in its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric patterns, including the Al Saleh Mosque, the largest in the city.
Sanaʽa is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Sanaʽa has a population of over 3,937,500 people.
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