Yemeni Administrative Divisions

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As of the end of 2004, Yemen was divided into twenty governorates (muhafazat – the latest being Raymah Governorate, which was created during 2004) plus one municipality called "Amanat Al-Asemah" (the latter containing the constitutional capital, Sana'a). An additional governorate (Soqatra Governorate) was created in December 2013 comprising Socotra Island (bottom-right corner of map), previously part of Hadramaut Governorate. The governorates are subdivided into 333 districts (muderiah), which are subdivided into 2,210 sub-districts, and then into 38,284 villages (as of 2001).

Yemeni Governates


  1. Saada
  2. Al Jawf
  3. Hadhramaut
  4. Al Mahrah
  5. Hajjah
  6. 'Amran
  7. Al Mahwit
  8. Amanat Al Asimah (Sana'a City)
  9. Sana'a
  10. Ma'rib
  11. Al Hudaydah
  12. Raymah
  13. Dhamar
  14. Ibb
  15. Dhale
  16. Al Bayda
  17. Shabwah
  18. Taiz
  19. Lahij
  20. Abyan
  21. Aden
  22. Socotra

In 2014, a constitutional panel decided to divide the country into six regions—four in the north, two in the south, and capital Sana'a outside of any region—creating a federalist model of governance.[296] This federal proposal was a contributing factor toward the Houthis' subsequent coup d'état against the government.


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Yemeni Governates
Yemeni Governates

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