×
A map of the Red Sea region with relevant troop deployments and military bases

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have diverging goals in Yemen

  • The UAE’s goals in Yemen are increasingly divergent from Saudi Arabia’s
  • Abu Dhabi wants a divided Yemen, while Riyadh wants to keep it whole
  • These tensions will grow more acute and complicate the conflict
  • Greater UAE influence around the Horn of Africa could blunt terrorism there

At the beginning of May, troops, armor and materiel from the United Arab Emirates landed on the Yemeni island of Socotra, strategically located at the entrance of the Gulf of Aden, just north of Somalia. The development exposed an important set of geopolitical dynamics in the Yemen conflict, as the main protagonists try to maximize their advantage.

The UAE is part of a Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia to fight the Houthi rebels, whom Iran has been actively supporting. Iran has several objectives in backing the Houthis. Mainly, it wants to complete its encirclement of the Persian Gulf, gain access to the Red Sea and control this crucial maritime choke point through a presence on the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea coast. This push also serves to drain Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s resources, helping minimize their engagement in Syria.

Unlock the report
8.95 EUR
 
Secure, instant payment by credit card
 Anonymous GIS Expert
There is a widening gulf between Riyadh’s and Abu Dhabi’s goals in Yemen
read more about it in the report
What's inside
  • The UAE’s goals in Yemen are increasingly divergent from Saudi Arabia’s
  • Abu Dhabi wants a divided Yemen, while Riyadh wants to keep it whole
  • These tensions will grow more acute and complicate the conflict
  • Greater UAE influence around the Horn of Africa could blunt terrorism there
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
By clicking "I Agree" below, you acknowledge that you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms and conditions. Feel free to check out our policies anytime for more information.
I agree