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Yemen, Sanaa

Yemen, SanaaSanaa is the capital and largest city of Yemen. Sanaa International Airport is Yemen's main domestic and international airport. Al Madina, a commercial area of the old city, is where development is proceeding rapidly.

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 Sanaa is 4.2 Million (Metro) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.77% for Yemen as at June 2017.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Yemen is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Sanaa as at 1 November 2019 is very low in comparison to other places in the world.

We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Sanaa is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$790.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1870. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$20, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$32, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$28 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$40.
3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$162. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$85, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.06 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$18300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$11,972 for Primary School, and USD$13,323 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$1600. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$626, and USD$538 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$350. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.60, 1 kg oranges USD$1.50, 1 head lettuce USD$0.40, 1 kg potatos USD$1.44, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.99, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$2.40, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.92, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.33, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.80, and 1.5 L water USD$0.60.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$430. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$35, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,062.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2350. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,703 in a central location, and USD$997 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$410. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.04, while an international newspaper is USD$2.47.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$170. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$14, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$68.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$365. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$11.98, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$47 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$290. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.40, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.60, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.39, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$11.98.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$590. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.80, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$8,189.

Sanaa is -45.6% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 9.8% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 0.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Sanaa is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Sanaa for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Sanaa) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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