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Administrative divisions of Yemen

As of February 2004, Yemen is divided into twenty governorates (muhafazah) and one municipality.[1] 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).


  • List 1
  • Historical subdivisions 2
    • Governorates of South Yemen 2.1
    • Provinces of North Yemen 2.2
  • References 3


Governorates of Yemen
Key Division Capital city Population
2004 census[2]
2006 est.[3]
1 'Adan Aden 589,419 634,710
2 'Amran 'Amran 877,786 909,992
3 Abyan Zinjibar 433,819 454,535
4 Ad Dali Ad Dali' 470,564 504,533
5 Al Bayda' Al Bayda' 577,369 605,303
6 Al Hudaydah Al Hudaydah 2,157,552 2,300,179
7 Al Jawf Al Jawf 443,797 465,737
8 Al Mahrah Al Ghaydah 88,594 96,768
9 Al Mahwit Al Mahwit 494,557 523,236
10 Amanat Al Asimah Sana'a 1,747,834 1,947,139
11 Dhamar Dhamar 1,330,108 1,412,142
12 Hadramaut Al Mukalla 1,028,556 1,092,967
13 Hajjah Hajjah 1,479,568 1,570,872
14 Ibb Ibb 2,131,861 2,238,537
15 Lahij Lahij 722,694 761,160
16 Ma'rib Ma'rib 238,522 251,668
17 Raymah Raymah 394,448 418,659
18 Sa'dah Sa`dah 695,033 746,957
19 Sana'a Sana'a 919,215 957,798
20 Shabwah Ataq 470,440 494,638
21 Ta'izz Ta`izz 2,393,425 2,513,003
22 Socotra[4] Hadibu 1) 1)

1) Soqatra Governorate created in December 2013 from parts of Hadramaut, data included there

Historical subdivisions

Yemen became a unified country in May 1990 after the merger of the northern "Yemen Arab Republic" (North Yemen) and the southern "People's Democratic Republic of Yemen" (South Yemen).

Governorates of South Yemen

Map of the governorates

Following independence, South Yemen was divided into six governorates (Arabic: muhafazat), with roughly natural boundaries, each given a Roman numeral.

Numeral Name Approximate area (km.²) Capital
I 'Adan 6,980 Aden
II Lahij 12,766 Lahij
III Abyan 21,489 Zinjibar
IV Shabwah 73,908 Ataq
V Hadhramawt 155,376 Al Mukalla
VI al-Mahra 66,350 Al Ghaydah

Provinces of North Yemen

Until 1980, provinces (Arabic: liwa).
Name Approximate area (km.²)
Al-Bayda' 15,000
Al-Hudaydah 35,000
Hajjah 17,000
Ibb 13,000
Rida' 10,000
Sa`dah 18,000
San`a' 80,000
Ta`izz 12,000


  1. ^ Governorates of Yemen.
  2. ^ Central Statistical Organisation of Yemen. General Population Housing and Establishment Census 2004 Final Results [1], Statistic Yearbook 2005 of Yemen [2]
  3. ^ Statistic Yearbook 2006 of Yemen
  4. ^
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