Yemen is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The climate is mostly desert, hot and humid along the west coast, temperate in the western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon, and extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in the east. The official language is Arabic. Most road signs and commercial documents carry English translations. English is widely used for international commerce in Sanaa, however interpreters and translators are often required. English is widely spoken in Aden and the main cities of the former south Yemen. The main religion is Islam. Agriculture is the mainstay of Yemen's economy, generating more than 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Yemen is a small oil producer. Yemen's industrial sector constitutes almost half of gross domestic product. Together with services, construction, and commerce, industry accounts for less than 25 percent of the labour force. The largest contributor to the manufacturing sector's output is oil refining, which generates almost half of total revenue. The Yemen government expects LNG to add substantially to its budget and enable it to develop a petrochemicals industry. Expatriate business dress is casual but modest. Ties are not usually required for men, but suits should be worn for official occasions. The security risk for expatriates in Yemen is extreme. Risks include complex and unpredictable security challenges, violent crime, kidnapping, militancy and violent protest activity. The currency of Yemen is the Yemeni Rial (YER). ATMs are very scarce. US dollars in cash is the most easily convertible currency. Medical facilities, particularly away from the main towns, are poor. Thousands of cases of dengue fever have been reported. Polio and malaria are also common. The population of Yemen is 26 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 9.49% (Nov 2014).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Yemen, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Yemen as at 1 January 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Yemen is for example -21.5% cheaper than USA for groceries, -37.6% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 37.7% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Yemen for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Yemen) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Yemen is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Yemen? Register subscribe to your home location and Yemen and run your personalised reports.