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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) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 9.49% for Yemen as at November 2014.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Yemen is progressive up to 15%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Sanaa as at 1 April 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world.

In Sanaa, 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):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low
2) Clothing: Very High
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
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

Sanaa is for example 0.8% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -8.4% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -13.8% cheaper 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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