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President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi

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Country data

Yemen 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 25.1* 30.9 32.7 35.4 40.4 45.5 51.0
GDP per capita ($) 1,061* 1.267 1,302 1,368 1,516 1,655 1,802
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 3.9* 7.7 -12.7 2.4 4.8 1.9 4.6
Government revenue (% of GDP) 25.0 26.1* 25.3 29.9 23.9 23.9 22.7
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 35.2 30.2* 29.8 36.2 30.8 29.3 27.7
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 49.8 42.4* 45.7 47.3 48.2 48.2 47.4
Current account balance (% of GDP) -10.1* -3.4 -3.0 -1.7 -3.1 -1.3 -1.1
Inflation (%) 8.8 12.5* 23.2 5.8 8.1 13.0 9.0
Population (millions) 23.7* 24.4 25.1 25.9 26.7 27.5 28.3
Unemployment (%) na na na na na na na
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

News & analysis

Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Houthis claim to have shot down Saudi plane Subscription

25 May 2015 | By

Riyadh declined to comment on the claims by Shia forces in Yemen

Oil industry

OMV upstream production drops Subscription

20 May 2015 | By

Company blames drop on security problems in Libya and Yemen

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by country, Q1 2015 Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Houthi rebels accept ceasefire Subscription

13 May 2015 | By

Five-day truce will bring in much needed humanitarian aid

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa airport on 26 March. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen

UN pressures Riyadh over civilian deaths Subscription

10 May 2015 | By

Civilian death toll sees UN calling airstrikes in Yemen illegal

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

MEED board report, May 2015 Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Houthis guard Yemen's central bank

Houthi rebels shell Saudi border town Subscription

6 May 2015 | By

Attack believed to be first on Saudi Arabia’s soil

Houthis guard Yemen's central bank

Coalition puts boots on the ground in Yemen Subscription

4 May 2015 | By

Ground forces have been deployed against Houthis

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE sees opportunity in instability Subscription

27 April 2015 | By

Firm’s CEO of distributed power talks about supply and generation challenges in region

Saudi Arabia says the Yemen insurgency is being fuelled by Iran

Saudi Arabia-led coalition resume Yemen bombing Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

Houthi rebels targeted hours after reports that forces had ended military operations

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Yemen: Houthi gains shift the balance of power Subscription

28 July 2014

New competition has come from an unexpected quarter

Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Budget ($m)
1 Aden Port Expansion Transport 507
2 Habban Field Central Processing Facilities Oil 500
3 Marib Power Plant Phase 2 Power 436
4 Ras Issa Oil Terminal Oil 250
5 North South Highway: Section 1: Noubat Dokaim to Taiz Transport 207
6 Power Loss Transmission Project Power 160
7 Al Ghaydah Central Hospital Power 160
8 Dhamar / Aden Transmission Line: Lot 2b (Main Substation) Power 42
9 Haydan, Al-Jumaa & Al-Manzalah Road Transport 33
10 Second Rural Access Project: Hajdeh-Wadi Al Maa Road Transport 8
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Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: May 2015; All projects are in execution

Tenders & project awards

Yemen: Wind farm project Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Carrying out a wind farm project

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Raysut Cement Company Subscription

Raysut is keen to expand production capacity

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Abdelmalek al-Houthi Subscription

22 January 2015

Leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement

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