About Us


Yemen Times archives is a website offering access to the content of over 5000 articles and over 750 PDF editions of Yemen Times, Yemen’s first English-language newspaper. This initiative is aimed at all those who wish to explore what has been published in the past. This includes researchers, journalists, and curious minds who have interest in the history of Yemen and its media. The archive may not be 100% complete as we are continuously adding content from the archives and appreciate any tips of missing archives, particularly from avid YT fans and readers who may have old editions that may be missing on the website.

About The Yemen Times
Yemen Times’s mission as devised by its founder Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf (1954-1999) is “to make Yemen a good world citizen”.

Mission Statement
To provide readers with constructive information in an interesting way that enables them to make better personal and professional decisions so that they can eventually contribute to the prosperity of Yemen as a nation and state.

Yemen Times: A Chronology


Established as Yemen’s first English-language paper


First issue published 27 February


Founder & Editor-in-Chief Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf wins NY Press Club International Award for coverage of the 1994 civil war Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf is repeatedly arrested, harassed, beaten and intimidated


– Is abducted and tortured for two days

– YT establishes first media website in Yemen


– YT buys its own building

– YT founds the Yemen 21 Forum, the first Yemeni think tank [project is suspended following death of Prof. Al-Saqqaf in 1999]


– Dies in a questionable hit-and-run car accident

– His son, Walid Al-Sakkaf, assumes control of the paper


– YT buys its own offset printing presses

– Family and Development magazine begins publication


– His daughter, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, becomes the first female editor-in-chief of a newspaper in the Middle East

– YT creates gender balance in the newsroom


– Yemen 21 Forum reestablished by Nadia Milestones

– Three international awards: IPI Free Media Pioneer, ME Publishers and Gebran Tueni


– YT begins short-lived publication in Arabic

– Yemen Times survives economic and political crisis despite the loss of one-third of its readership and reduction of publication length to 12 pages


– Radio Yemen Times goes live in August on 88.8 FM after three months of trial online broadcast


– Yemen Times wins Business for Peace


– Radio YT moves frequencies to 91.9 FM YT Core Values

Yemen Times policy and staff are free of affiliations that connect them to any political, religious or personal entities that would affect its neutrality, credibility or objectivity.

The Yemen Times vows to provide readers with accurate, constructive, and meaningful information based on facts.

Human rights advocacy
The Yemen Times staff and organization advocate for human rights and global values, we defend freedoms, and we empower minorities.
The Yemen Times aims to promote knowledge and a culture of unbiased information in Yemen. It encourages research, questioning, the challenging of stereotypes, and pursuit of the truth.

YT policies and personnel are committed to ethical personal and professional conduct. Reporting is based on impartial fact-finding that conveys the truth as well as balanced, varying points of view. YT staff members hold themselves to high standards of integrity and behavior.

The Yemen Times is a national institution founded by a visionary and patriotic leader who was committed to bettering his nation. Our work encourages citizens to take responsibility for our past, present and future. We collaborate with partners and friends to instill a sense of accountability, ownership and responsibility among Yemenis.