British Yemeni Arabic Institute


People and philosophy

We opened the Institute in 1999 to provide high quality language courses that are motivating, respond to individual needs and make the most of modern teaching methods and resources.

Fouad Al Matari, Institute Manager,
Fouad Al Matari, Institute Manager,
with a star student graduate

The team brings together not only our professionalism and knowledge about the Arabic language but an enthusiasm to help people learn, get to know Yemen and its fascinating culture. The Institute provides accommodation and resources of an international standard. The atmosphere is extremely relaxed and friendly with all our staff willing to provide help from finding a bus to Bab Al Yemen or the correct pronunciation of Arabic words.


We sponsor culture, history and social initiatives that benefit the people of Yemen. Current sponsorship contributes to:

An education and textile expert working with a family in Al Hajjerah to use the traditional designs and techniques used in Yemeni jambia belts to produce products for sale in the international market.

MARES project logoMARES project - Exeter University ( ) researching the maritime traditions of the peoples of the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.


Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen. Contact for further information.

Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen Logo

An Arabian Leopard The Foundation Board of Trustees Max Wada'a The Arabian Short-Tail Leopard

Quality "The First Choice for Arabic Language"

We take great pride in our reputation for excellent teaching and make sure we constantly review our curriculum and keep up to date with academic and teaching and learning innovation.

We take into account the individual needs of our wide range of students from academics, diplomats, development, security and media professionals, as well as those studying simply for fun. We listen and learn and work constantly to improve our Arabic programme.

The Institute is accredited to conduct Arabic examinations for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Students' comments

"I really appreciated the teachers knowledge of current political issues in the Middle East. I learnt a lot more besides Arabic. The field trips gave me insights into the Yemeni society and great opportunity to practice my Arabic".
Student of International Relations and Arabic, Cambridge University

"The British Yemeni Arabic Institute is unique. Thank you so much for the unforgettable experiences, the great time and all I learnt. See you next year".
Leiden University
Contact details: P.O.Box 16250, Nassem Hameed St. Fej Attan. Sana'a Yemen, Tel/fax: 00967 1 425953, E-mail:, Mobile:00967 711783392