Yahya Arhab was born in Sana'a in 1975. Before he joined epa as photographer in Yemen in 2004 he worked as a reporter for the state-run Saba news agency.
His professional training comprises several courses in journalism and photography in Yemen, Malaysia, and China. In 2009 a photographic journey led him across Saudi Arabia.
For epa Yahya mainly covers major news and features across Yemen, including political and social turmoil, the 2011 popular uprising as well as al-Qaeda attacks and trials. He also covered the Islamic pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in 2010.