United Arab Emirates–Yemen relations

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United Arab Emirates-Yemen Relations refer to the bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen


The diplomatic relations between the UAE and Yemen started in 1971, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan have made four official visits to Yemen, first on November 21, 1972, fourth on December 21, 1986 when the Ma'rib Dam, which was rebuilt at the expense of the UAE, was opened.[1]

Alongside the Federal Republic of Germany, the UAE chairs the Task Force on Economics and Good Governance in the Friends of Yemen International Group that was formed during the London 2010 conference to support development in Yemen. The Emirates Red Crescent Authority opened an office in the capital, Sanaa, in 1996 .

The two countries agreed to form the UAE-Yemeni Joint Ministerial Committee in 1995 under the chairmanship of the two foreign ministers. The committee held the session of its first meeting in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on February 12, 2001 , and the committee held its second meeting in Abu Dhabi during the period December 14 - December 16, 2009.

The Yemeni Civil War[edit]

The UAE joined the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen in support for the Hadi Government of Yemen. on April 30, 2018, UAE took administrative control of Socotra island from Yemen. Two weeks later on 14 May, Saudi troops were also deployed to the archipelago and a deal was brokered between the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Yemen's forces for a joint military training exercise and the return of administrative control of Socotra's airport and seaport to Yemen.[2][3][4]


  1. WAM (2013-07-29). "Key aid projects during Zayed's time". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  2. "Yemen PM: Crisis over UAE deployment to Socotra over". Aljazeera.com.
  3. "Yemen, UAE Agree on Deal Over Socotra". Al Bawaba. 14 May 2018.
  4. "As Saudi Arabia and the UAE struggle for control of Socotra, Yemen's island paradise may just swap one occupation for another". The Independent. 21 May 2018.

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