Country briefing: Yemen

News reports and articles 

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about Yemen

Online news sources for Yemen

Latest news about Yemen 
A compilation from multiple sources

Articles about Yemen from Middle East International (1993-2004)


Special features

Yemen and Saudi Arabia 
History of a tangled relationship

The Houthi rebellion 
How it began, and why

Abu Hamza and the Islamic Army 
Bomb plot and kidnapping: a story of Yemen and jihadists from Britain

Bombing of the USS Cole 
Contemporaneous reports of the attack on an American warship in Aden harbour, October 2000

The fall of President Saleh 
Contemporaneous blog posts documenting the 2011-2012 popular uprising in Yemen

The Birth of Modern Yemen 
The unification of north and south Yemen, and its aftermath (1990-1994)


Basic information

CIA World Factbook – Yemen

BBC country profile – Yemen

Yemen chronology 
Key events since the 16th century

Local time

Local weather

Maps of Yemen 
(University of Texas)

Images of Yemen
Large collection of colour photographs

Currency converter 
Yemeni riyal (QAR)

National anthem 
Audio and lyrics and sheet music

More about the national flag of Yemen 
Plus historical flags of north and south

Documents 
Historical and political texts relating to Yemen

Other Yemen pages: ArchitectureEnvironmentFood & drinkHistoryMusic & poetryPoliticsQat, Society


Yemen-related organisations

British-Yemeni Society
Latest issue of the society's journal is online now. 

American Institute for Yemeni Studies 
Numerous articles and book reviews

Friends of Hadhramaut 
British charity promoting development in Hadhramaut.

Yemeni Community Association
Sandwell, West Midlands

Liverpool Arabic Centre 


Travel

US State Department 
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office 
Travel advice 

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Yemen

Electricity, plugs and sockets 

Yemenia 
The national airline

Tourism in Yemen: a view
by Jack Jackson (British-Yemeni Society Journal, 1993)

Tourism statistics 1988-1997


Economy

World Bank: Yemen 
Comprehensive economic data

Yemen and the IMF 

Water and agriculture in Yemen
FAO country profile

USAID 
Overview of American programmes in Yemen

Oil concessions in Yemen 
Map with details of blocks and companies, plus overview. (Source: PEPA). See also earlier map (circa 1997)

Oil and gas in the Yemen
by Michael Whittall (British-Yemeni Society Journal, 1995)

The development of the Port of Aden
by Capt. Roy Facey (British-Yemeni Society Journal, November 1998)

Key issues in the Yemeni economy  
by Gerd Nonneman, Lancaster University

Reformative process in the market and state in Yemen
by Prof Mohammed al-Maitami

Efforts of Economic Program and structural adjustment
by Prof Mohammed al-Maitami

The Bank Notes of Yemen
Extracts from an illustrated book by Peter Symes, Murray Hanewich and Keith Street - the definitive work on this subject.


Yemen: further reading

Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition
by Helen Lackner, 2014. See review. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia
by Gregory D. Johnsen, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen: The Unknown Arabia
by Tim Mackintosh-Smith, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes
by Victoria Clark, 2010. Reviews: The Guardian; The Economist. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen, A Photographic Journey
by Mahmoud Al-Shaibani and Victor Henderson, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation
by Steven C. Caton, 2006. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf
by MERIP and Sheila Carapico, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen
by Laura Kasinof, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen: Revolution, Civil War and Unification
by Uzi Rabi, 2015. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia
by Noel Brehony, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
A novel by Paul Torday and Susan Howe, 2008. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey Through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen
Kevin Rushby, 1998. See review. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

A History of Modern Yemen 
Paul Dresch, 2000. See review. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Motoring with Mohammed
Eric Hansen, 1992. Amusing tale of a bemused American's hunt for buried treasure in Yemen. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut
Freya Stark. A classic travelogue from 1934. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Civil Society in Yemen
Sheila Carapico, 1998. See review. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk