Mini Guide to Moving to Yemen: 4: Make a Pre-move visit

If you are a two parent household (or married couple), I highly recommend the husband coming to Yemen first to try to get things set up if that is possible. This is especially helpful if you have a family, but in any case, recommended, in my opinion.

Before we came to  Yemen and Egypt as well, my husband had gone to both places and secured housing for us before we came.  Finding housing here is not extremely difficult, but it can be at times and can cause family stress (and stress on friends, contact people) if you are staying with someone or in a hotel and having trouble finding a place.  You don’t want to wear out your welcome.

The spouse can set up the household and make it comfortable for when the family arrives.  Most places do not come with carpet (although some do); typically apartments will not come with an oven or refrigerator; in some cases you may need to buy a water heater, although most places come with at least one, though in one house, we had to purchase one. 

Basically, you can just get a feel for the environment and know what kinds of things you can expect.  As I mentioned in my last post, contact people are great, but you don’t want to put too much burden on them and have them doing everything for you.  Getting stuff done here in Yemen can take more time and hassle than you might be used to in your home country.

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