is a city in the Yemeni
Highlands, near the famous Mocha port on the Red Sea, lying at an elevation of
about 1,400 metres above sea level. It is the capital of Ta'izz Governorate.
With a population of over 600,000 in 2005, it is the third largest city in
Yemen after the capital Sana'a and the southern port of Aden.
Ta'izz has a dramatic setting where the
roads run up and down the mountain sides. Above the city rises the 3,006 metres
high Sabir Mountain. The city is famous for the ancient Jewish Sharab