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place in southern Arabia, ultimately from Akkadian edinnu "plain," which some think also is the root of Biblical Eden.


n. Seaport and largest city of Yemen.


Aden ( , ; Yemeni pronunciation: ) is a port city in Yemen, located by the eastern approach to the Red Sea (the Gulf of Aden), some east of Bab-el-Mandeb. Its population is approximately 800,000 people. Aden's ancient, natural harbour lies in the crater of a dormant volcano which now forms a peninsula, joined to the mainland by a low isthmus. This harbour, Front Bay, was first used by the ancient Kingdom of Awsan between the 5th and 7th centuries BC. The modern harbour is on the other side of the peninsula. Aden gives its name to the Gulf of Aden.

Aden consists of a number of distinct sub-centres: Crater, the original port city; Ma'alla, the modern port; Tawahi, known as "Steamer Point" in the colonial period; and the resorts of Gold Mohur. Khormaksar, located on the isthmus that connects Aden proper with the mainland, includes the city's diplomatic missions, the main offices of Aden University, and Aden International Airport (the former British Royal Air Force station RAF Khormaksar), Yemen's second biggest airport. On the mainland are the sub-centres of Sheikh Othman, a former oasis area; Al-Mansura, a town planned by the British; and Madinat ash-Sha'b (formerly Madinat al-Itihad), the site designated as the capital of the South Arabian Federation and now home to a large power/ desalinization facility and additional faculties of Aden University.

Aden encloses the eastern side of a vast, natural harbour that comprises the modern port. The volcanic peninsula of Little Aden forms a near-mirror image, enclosing the harbour and port on the western side. Little Aden became the site of the oil refinery and tanker port. Both were established and operated by British Petroleum until they were turned over to Yemeni government ownership and control in 1978.

Aden was the capital of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen until that country's unification with the Yemen Arab Republic in 1990, and again briefly served as Yemen's temporary capital during the aftermath of the 2014–15 Yemeni coup d'état, as declared by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi after he fled the Houthi occupation of Sana'a. From March to July 2015, the Battle of Aden raged between Houthis and loyalists to President Hadi. Water, food, and medical supplies ran short in the city. On 14 July, the Saudi Army launched an offensive to retake Aden for Hadi's government. Within three days the Houthis had been removed from the city.

Aden (disambiguation)

Aden is a port city in Yemen.

Aden may also refer to:

Aden (band)

Aden is a band currently based in Washington, D.C. which is heavily influenced by 1970s soft rock such as Steely Dan (from whom they borrowed the title of their albums Hey 19 and Black Cow).

Aden (battle honour)

Aden was a battle honour awarded to units of the British and Imperial Armies that took part in either of the following campaigns:

  • The Aden Expedition, January 1839
  • The Campaign in South Arabia during the Great War, July 1915 to October 1918

This award is unusual in that it was awarded for two entirely unconnected campaigns, undifferenced by year.

Aden (name)

Aden is an Arabic, Hebrew male name, used most commonly in Somalia. It can also be a surname.

Aden (company)

Aden Business Center, known simply as Aden, is a privately owned e-commerce enabler, fulfillment and logistics company headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, as a subsidiary of Ascend Group. It operates warehouse facilities in Thailand and the Philippines, with an ongoing expansion to Vietnam.

Usage examples of "aden".

I recognized that voice: It was Aden Fiske, who was the head of the Stone Harbor Historical Society and manager of the Chandler House site.

And when Aden Fiske said something, you could pretty much count on it being the final word.

I tried to remember his name from the short list Aden had rattled off for me: Daniel Voeller.

Was Aden really doing what I thought he was doing, essentially establishing me as the goto person for conducting archaeological research in Stone Harbor?

I suddenly realized that Aden relished playing lord of the manor, and his humor and teasing were all part of that larger-than-life image.

She paused and waited to see how I would react and then I realized that she was talking about Aden Fiske and not the dean or someone at Caldwell College, where I teach.

I was struck by the dread in her voice, which seemed to be more fear of Aden himself than a reluctance to share the bad news.

Actually, as little as I liked the idea of being beholden to Aden at this particular moment, it struck me as a great idea.

I heard the sound of the scene of the crime squad arriving, and Aden and I both turned our heads instinctively toward the noise.

As I crossed the road to the Chandler House, I could see that Daniel was talking to Aden in the parking lot.

Someone like Aden would make a point of learning the names of the dogs, I felt sure of it.

Claire had been scared into concern and politeness, and I was beginning to suspect that it was Aden Fiske who had scared her.

Since the house is technically part of the historic district, there are rules about maintenance and that sort of thing, and Aden took the opportunity to give her some trouble about it.

Charles was just trying to say that most people around here knew about the feud between Aden and his family.

Most of them were short on cash, all of them had a reason to want Aden quiet or dead.