Yemen is known to be the poorest Gulf country. This also affects innovation in services and telecommunications. Even before the war, services in rural, desert and mountain areas were very poor, both in the infrastructure sector and in the distribution of electricity and telecommunications. Before the war there were high expectations on the potential developments of the innovation process. Unfortunately, the war interrupted the process of infrastructural improvement and innovation in telecommunications, as well as industrial development in the technology sector. Today, even those areas that had already known improvements in urbanisation such as the central governorate of Taiz, have been severely damaged by the effects of the war.