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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
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2019 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

News & analysis

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

Abdelmalek al-Houthi

Yemen crisis – main players Subscription

22 April 2015 | By

A guide to the major actors in the ongoing Yemen conflict

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Saudi-led coalition ends Yemen airstrikes Subscription

22 April 2015 | By

Riyadh to focus on finding political solution to Yemen crisis

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

US sends aircraft carrier to Yemen Subscription

21 April 2015 | By

Washington increases naval presence in the Arabian sea

The US Navy sent the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escort cruiser, USS Normandy, from the Gulf into the Arabian Sea on 19 April. A Pentagon spokesman denied reports the ships were on a mission to intercept Iranian arms shipments to Yemen

US increases involvement in Yemen conflict Subscription

21 April 2015 | By

Washington shows force against Iran as two sides close in on nuclear deal

Saudi Arabia says the Yemen insurgency is being fuelled by Iran

Regional powers collide in Yemen Subscription

21 April 2015 | By

Fears of growing Iranian influence are behind Saudi Arabia’s military operation

Yemen conflict

Kuwait oil institutions remain on alert Subscription

16 April 2015 | By

Higher security is a response to the conflict in Yemen

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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 North South Highway: Section 1: Noubat Dokaim to Taiz Transport 265
5 Ras Issa Oil Terminal Oil 250
6 North South Highway: Section 1: Doraigh to Noubat Dokaim Transport 211
7 Power Loss Transmission Project Power 160
8 150 MW Aden Power Plant Power 149
9 Dhamar to Aden Transmission Line: Lot 2A Power 135
10 Al Ghaydah Central Hospital Construction 43
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Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2015; All projects are in execution

Tenders & project awards

Yemen: Wind farm project Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Carrying out a wind farm project

Yemen: Wind farm project Subscription

5 February 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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