Yemen is the only country in the Middle East that is a Republic, yet it is one of the most Conservative. For example Alcohol is forbidden and it is also a forbidden to take photos of women. Many historians believe that Yemen was the ancient homeland of “Queen of Sheba” (Balqis or Bilqis in Arabic). Her dealings with the Jewish king Solomon have been mentioned in the Bible and Qur’an. Since the history and culture of Yemen is ancient and somewhat preserved, the Queen of Sheba may have looked similar to this Yemeni woman in traditional formal dress.