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We are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in the city of Al Mukalla, Hadhramaut governorate in Yemen to increase our cultural relations work in the country, provide Yemenis with opportunities and enhance building trust and understanding between the UK and all of Yemen. 

This step comes in order to reach wider segments and new institutions in different regions across Yemen, it also aims to enhance communication with young people especially students by offering them English language learning opportunities and capacity building within the three main themes of “skills and employability”, “voice and participation” and “networks and connections”. 

Chris Rawlings, Regional Director, MENA, say “We are delighted to expand our operation in Yemen by opening our new office in Al Mukalla, Hadhramaut Governorate. This has been a challenging period in Yemen and around the world. We believe that culture connects us, and at this time of uncertainty, culture becomes more important than ever. Through this new office we hope to build more partnerships with Yemen and support young Yemenis build and develop their skills.”

We have worked in Yemen over the years to establish strong relations and great mutual understanding between Yemenis and the United Kingdom. The British Council also worked on supporting young people to achieve the education, qualifications and skills needed to maximize their potential in their future careers, supporting the empowerment of the current generation in taking charge of fulfilling their destiny and creating and developing new networks and platforms to give young people a voice in society.

Rowaida Al Khulaidi, Country Director Yemen adds “We are looking forward to engaging with young Yemenis all over the country, to building relationships, partnerships and making lasting connection to build a mutual understanding between all of Yemen and the UK.”

It is noteworthy that the opening of the British Council office in the city of Al Mukalla serves a wide range of Yemeni young people, and it is the second office in Yemen, in addition to the first office located in Sana'a, that was established more than 50 years ago.