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Type of Investment Opportunity


Proposed Location/ Locations

Characteristics of Location

Project products and services required

Proposed production capacity

Estimated Investment Cost


Glass Manufacturing

Exploiting and manufacturing of raw material for glass (glass sand and Dolomite) available in several locations in the Republic of Yemen.  In Habban Area of Shabwa Governorate, detailed geological and mining studies have been carried out for  Dolomite and other material which go into the manufacturing of glass in Abyan Governorate, neighboring the Governorate of Shabwa.  Such studies confirm the feasibility of these materials to be used in the manufacturing of plate glass and bottling glass after some refinement.

A technical and economic feasibility study was carried out for glass manufacturing based on these materials to meet the needs of local consumption and export as well.

Silica sand is available in large quantities in the governorates of Taiz and Sa'ada  -but less so in other governorates.


Belhaf Industrial Zone or any other industrial zone desired by the investor

-   Raw materials are available and in large quantities and with high quality.

-    Domestic consumption is high and is currently covered by imports from overseas.

-   There is a strong possibility of exporting to neighboring countries and foreign markets in general.

- Glass plates

- Glass bottling

50,000 tons annually

Estimated investment cost of project is US$ 50,000,000


Cement Manufacturing


Cement consumption in any society is an economic indicator  associated with the level of national and domestic income. With the increase in urban growth and infrastructure projects, the cement industry in Yemen, since its establishment in 1973, has received ample governmental support.  Three cement plants have been established:  Bajil Cement Plant, Amran Cement Plant and Al-Barh Cement Plant, in addition to other plants associated with the private sector.  Although these plants are already producing more than their designed capacities, they still do not meet the demands of the local market.  Further, the rest of the demands are being provided for through overseas imports. Needless to say that there is abundance of primary raw materials required by the cement manufacturing. These are available in economic quantities and in good quality that should allow for the establishment of several cement plants.   Studies indicate that the average rate of growth of demand for cement in Yemen exceeds 11% per annum.  Therefore, the coverage of local demand is decreasing and the share of cement imports is in the increase This means that there is a growing need for this commodity in the domestic market and also overseas.  


Heilan and Al-Balaq (Mareb), Wadi Haradh (Hajja), Wadi Nakhla (Taiz), Al-Shaqqa (Sa'ada), Wadi Nodi, Wadi Arwaf, and Al-Fatk (Al-Mahara), Al-Ashqaq, Saidah, and Al-Ahraq (Amran), Bajil (Hodeida)..

The raw materials for the production of cement are available, such as clays, limestone, pozzolana, and gypsum. These are available in numerous governorates, such as Sana'a, Hodeida, Mareb, Hadhramaut and Abyan


Portland Cement production and packaging in sacks of 50 kg.


1,000,000 tons a year as a minimum, on the basis of operating three shifts a day.

Estimated investment cost of project is US $ 175,000,000



Production of    Household Electric Appliances

Produce home appliances such as cooking ovens, washers, refrigerators, etc.

Aden/ Al-Mukalla/ Hodeida governorates

Because of its proximity to ports, and because of the speed with which raw materials can be imported.

-   Electric or gas stoves;

-   Electric washers;

-   Electric refrigerators


29,000 pieces a year, on the basis of operating three shifts a day.



Estimated investment cost of project is US $ 10 million.





Production of Reinforcement steel


·         Increase in local market needs for reinforced iron and other steel products.

·         Carry out steel shaping by using scrapped steel and iron ore (imported ingots) for the purpose of producing reinforced steel and a number of other steel products

Industrial Zones, Aden/ Hodeida/ Lahj

 Large quantities of scrap are available in different locations, in some governorates of the Republic of Yemen,  in addition to the possibility of using imported castings/ingots.

Various steel products

200,000 tons a year


Estimated investment  cost of project is about US  $ 25 to 30 million.



Caustic Soda

-    Raw materials are available in large quantities and with adequate quality for manufacturing.  

-    Rock salt locations are not far from Yemeni sea ports and thus manufacturing and exports are facilitated.

-    The manufacturing and production of Caustic Soda (Sodium Hydroxide)  which depends on rock salt (Sodium Chloride).  This raw material is available in large quantities in the Governorates of Hodeida (Al-Salif), Mareb, Shabwa and Hadhramaut.  The reserves thereof are estimated to reach 365 million cubic meters.

-    Caustic Soda is considered a primary chemical substance that goes into many industries, including the creation of several organic and inorganic products, such as the manufacturing of paper and soap, etc.

-    Remark:  The use of modern technology is in order to reduce the negative environmental impacts.     .

More than one plant can be established in each of:  Hodeida, Hajja (Haradh), BelhafShabwa Governorates.

Close to rock salt mines (raw material)

Caustic Soda

(40% Concentrate), Hydro-chloric Acid (35% Concentrate)

-          Caustic Soda (40% Concentrate), 1,300 tons a year.

-          Hydrochloric Acid (35% Concentrate) 8,000, tons a year.

 (on the basis of operating three shifts a day).

Estimated investment cost of project is about US $ 15 million.



Paper Waste Recycling

Wastepaper is made available from the residue and wastes of printing presses. Garbage and wood pulp and chemicals are imported from overseas.

Manufacturing of some types of paper by relying on paper trash used with limited quantities of wood pulp.    

Hodeida governorate

Location is close to ports to facilitate the importation of raw materials

Various types of paper


10,000 tons a year

 (on the basis of operating three shifts a day)

Estimated investment  cost of project is about US $ 10 million


Fish Manufacturing and Canning

This project aims to manufacture and can all kinds of different fish and other marine biology, such as:  Tuna, salmons (trout),  sardines, chub mackerel, etc. and the production of empty cans.

Yemeni seas are characterized by  the abundance of many kinds of tuna, salmon (trout), sardines and Chub Mackerel, and in large quantities especially in the Arabian Sea.  The peak season of their availability is in the months of October – December of each year. These are the most favorable products among the local people as well as Arab and foreign consumer.  Traditional fishing methods are the means used to catch these types of fish.

Project may be established in any of the coastal governorates (Al-Mukalla, Hodeida, Aden, Al-Mahara).

Possibility of setting up several projects in the different coasts based on the type and density of fish desired for investment.

Processing and canning of tuna, salmon, sardines, chuck mackerel, etc, in addition to the production of empty cans.

Shall be estimated in accordance with the available means of investor and in light of feasibility studies.




Manufacturing of Fishing Boats

This project aims to establish factories for the production of improved fishing vessels of high technical specifications, using fiberglass, steel or aluminum.  These boats will be equipped with modern fishing tools and storage room for products to enhance the maintenance of quality and to contribute to the realization of food security.  This field is still open for investment, especially as the number of those engaged in traditional fishing  is more than 77,581 Fishing Boat fishermen, who are still using 21,492 traditional fishing boats.  The available factories presently producing this type of fiberglass boats are eight in number. They are owned by the private sector and distributed in three governorates, four of which are in Hadhramaut Governorate, one in Al-Mahara Governorate, two in Aden Governorate and one in Taiz Governorate.  Demand is still very high, especially for the improved boats; it is necessary for the maintenance of high international quality standards as well as for the production of wooden boats.  The number of different types and forms of fishing boats manufactured for different purposes amounts to 30 types.  Expected annual production capacity of one factory ranges between 500 and 1,000 boats made of fiberglass.

Project may be established in any of the coastal governorates (Al-Mukalla, Aden, Abyan, Al-Mahara, and Hodeida).  Hodeida is the preferred governorate for setting up the project.

Availability of convenient environment for the promotion of these products in coastal areas.

Different sizes of boats in coastal areas.

Shall be estimated according to means available to the investor and the project’s feasibility study.

Estimation to be calculated by the investor.


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