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UAE May Be Behind Mysterious Air Base Being Built On Yemeni Island – Report

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UAE May Be Behind Mysterious Air Base Being Built On Yemeni Island - Report

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A mysterious air base is being built on the Yemeni Island of Mayun which sits on the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, the Associated Press (AP) reported on May 25.

Satellite images from April 11 show dump trucks and graders building a 1.85 kilometer runway on the island. In newer images, from May 18, the work on the runway appeared complete, with three hangars constructed on a tarmac south of the runway.

Yemeni officials told AP that the mysterious air base is being built by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, UAE officials declined to comment.

In 2019, the UAE announced that it had withdrawn its troops from Yemen, where they were battling the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in the framework of the Saudi-led coalition.

Military officials in Yemen’s Saudi-backed government told the AP that the UAE is building the air base on Mayun. According to the officials, Emirati ships transported military weapons, equipment and troops to the Island in recent weeks.

The officials claimed that the recent tension between the UAE and the Saudi-backed Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was the result of an Emirati demand for his government to sign a 20-year lease agreement for Mayun.

UAE forces landed on Mayun in 2015. The Houthis were expelled from the Island, which oversees one of the world’s crucial maritime routes for both energy shipments and commercial cargo. In 2016, satellite images showed construction underway there. An attempt by the UAE to build a long 3 km runway was made and failed.

The runway that was built on Mayun this year has a length of 1.85 km, which is still enough to support cargo aircraft and drones.

Mayun is not the only Yemeni Island where UAE military activities were reported. Last year, several sources reported a UAE-Israeli plan to build a joint spy base on the strategic Yemeni Island of Socotra, which is held by the Southern Transitional Council, Abu Dahbi’s main proxy in Yemen.

Both sides of the conflict in Yemen do not appear to pleased with the UAE repeated attempts to establish a lasting foothold on one of the country’s islands.


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Peter Jennings

UAE wanted an agreement with the fake president pretty quick. Maybe they don’t see him lasting too long. The Houthis seem to be getting a grip.

Whatever happens on the island it won’t be good for the Houthis.

Israel is an Apartheid State

Maybe when the Houthis take over the whole of Yemen, this island will declare independence and become it’s own country backed by the UAE.

“Kingdom of Perim”

We may even see a “Kingdom of Socotra”.


The island is a major strategic asset – and clearly UAE prizes it. Meanwhile KSA is more focused on mainland Yemen – as they want to get access to the untapped oil reserves across the north (Houthi territories). These two Arab oligarchy-clan run states want to carve up and plunder Yemen’s natural assets in a localized colonialism grab within the Arab Peninsula – all green lighted by the larger imperialist US who benefit by default, from any Yemeni natural assets shifting across into orbit of US sphere of influence.

Last edited 7 months ago by JensFromTheBlock
Hindu Black Fungus

In the era of drones and loitering munitions this base will be toast in minutes.


probably a supermarket so jens can buy cheese for boyfriend

G2 Guy

Good target for Houthi drones. These 20th century bases in the era of drones and loitering munitions are an expensive death trap. The Emirati mercenaries will die for nothing. It will be very expensive logistical exercise as the US losers found in Afghanistan.

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