Yemen: Geography                                                 

The Middle East (or West Asia) sits where Africa, Asia and Europe meet. The countries in the Middle East are all part of Asia. For clarity, they are often shown geographically as a separate landmass. 

Opinions vary as to what countries make up the modern definition of the Middle East. Some sources consider Armenia and Azerbaijan to be part of the Middle East, while most modern experts consider them to be part of Europe.

The same can be said for the island country of Cyprus. For that matter, the African country of Egypt is still thought (by some) to be in the Middle East, as are the northern African countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya that border the Mediterranean Sea.

Total Area                           

527,968 sq km (almost four times the size of Alabama, USA; slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming, USA)

Border Countries              

Oman                                                294 km

Saudi Arabia                                    1,307 km


Coast Line                                    1,906 km


  • Narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains

  • Divided upland desert plains in the center slope into the desert interior of the Arabian Peninsula


Highest Point                     

Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb              3,760 meters


Natural Resources           

Petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble, coal, gold, lead, nickel, copper, fertile soil in the west