Saada Governorate

Saada (Arabic: صَعْدَة, romanizedṢaʿdah) is one of the governorates of Yemen. The governorate's seat and the largest city is Saada. It is the epicentre of Zaydism[2] and where the Houthi group originates from.[3]: 1008 

Saada Governorate
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Coordinates: 16°58′N 44°43′E / 16.967°N 44.717°E / 16.967; 44.717Coordinates: 16°58′N 44°43′E / 16.967°N 44.717°E / 16.967; 44.717
 • GovernorHadi Tarshan (in-exile)
 • Total11,375 km2 (4,392 sq mi)
 • Total1,038,000
 • Density91/km2 (240/sq mi)


The governorate is 240 km from the capital Sanaa. Northwest of its capital, Saada city, the terrain of the governorate becomes increasingly mountainous and can reach a height of 2,050m in the far west. Between these mountains and Saada city, the terrain is peppered with basins and wadis, ultimately dropping to form arid plains in the east. Rainfall varies greatly according to location. The western mountains of Razih receive as much as 1,000 mm per year, while arid regions east of the governorate capital can get as little as 50 mm. This variance in rainfall yields scarce amounts of arable land. Most of the population lives in the west, most likely due to this being where most of the arable land is located.[2]


Warm summers typically reach a high of 26 °C or 78.8 °F while winters can reach morning lows of −16 °C or 3.2 °F.[2]


Farming, and trading are the main economic activities in the governorate. Additionally arid land is used for raising livestock. The governorate is also home to Suq al-Talh, the largest weapons market in Yemen.[2]


Location of Sa'dah in Yemen

Saada Governorate is divided into the following 16 districts. These districts are further divided into sub-districts, and then further subdivided into villages:

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  1. ^ "Statistical Yearbook 2011". Central Statistical Organisation. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sa‘da in the North Yemeni Context" Salmoni, Barak A., Bryce Loidolt, and Madeleine Wells. Regime and Periphery in Northern Yemen: The Huthi Phenomenon, pp. 19–44. JSTOR. Accessed 10 August 2021.
  3. ^ Freeman, Jack (2009). "The al Houthi Insurgency in the North of Yemen: An Analysis of the Shabab al Moumineen". Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. 32 (11): 1008–1019. doi:10.1080/10576100903262716. ISSN 1057-610X.

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