Getting Settled

If you caught my last post about things to do before coming (referring you to a fellow Yemen blog), and you took my advice and visited the blog,   🙂    you may have browsed around and saw some other great advice/information. But just in case you didn’t stop by, there is also some great information about getting settled/setting up house in Yemen. 

She gives some detailed information in a post called “Setting Up Shop”  about buying refrigerators, washers (I’ll attest to what she says about cheapy washers), and stoves; carpeting prices,  and many  more things, so stop by if you get a chance, its very helpful, insha Allah.


Why does the power go off so much in Yemen?

Alhamdulillah, we have been here for five years and I knew that the power going off so frequently/regularly was something that was regulated. However, I just recently learned what this phenomenon was called and thought I’d share with others who were “in the dark” (pun intended) on the issue as I was…..its called a “Rolling Blackout.”

“Rolling blackouts are deliberate power cuts which are designed to reduce the load on an electricity generation system and grid. They usually result from a situation where demand outstrips supply, but they can also be caused by power production problems, fuel shortages, and antiquated systems. Many developing nations struggle with rolling blackouts.”

Typically, power consumers are broken up into prioritized outage blocks. These outage blocks are widely distributed across the power grid, to ensure that a large community will not experience a complete power failure. This is primarily for safety reasons; periods of extended power outage have been associated with crime and looting. In addition, the isolated outage allows people to go to the homes of friends and neighbors with electricity while the power is out. Typically hospitals, police stations, and other vital infrastructure are assigned a special outage block, and the power company will not deliberately cut power to this outage block at any time.

Restoration of power after a rolling blackout can still damage appliances, just as restoration after an unscheduled blackout can. You should make sure that electrical devices such as computers are turned off during a rolling blackout, and turn appliances on slowly after a rolling blackout to avoid power surges. You should never plug a generator into the wall during a power outage, as it can send high voltage current through the power grid, potentially seriously injuring utility workers.


Currently, it is estimated that only 40 percent of the total population in Yemen have access to electricity from the national power grid. Even for those connected to the grid, electricity supply is intermittent, with rolling blackout schedules maintained in most cities.


Here’s a personal account of I believe a native Yemeni on the power situation which I thought was interesting (its heavy on the editorial side, but towards the end, were some good observations about the wiring and what not).


Bottom line: ________________________________________  🙂

 (which I think I may have mentioned on a page here), it really depends where you live whether or not you will experience a high rate of the blackouts. Some neighborhoods we lived in, it was like clockwork, everyday that the power went off. It typically stays off for 1- 1 1/2 hours.  In other neighborhoods, it rarely went off.  And  only rarely, like maybe 2-3 times in the whole 5 years has it been off for over 24 hours, probably due to a specific problem.

Things to Do Before Coming……….

Planning on coming to Yemen?

You’ll definitely want to stop by the  Yemeni Niqabi blog for a great post on some things to do before you come……………….. She talks about things such as having US banking accounts, ID to bring, bringing a nebulizer for Asthma, and several other things which I think makes for great advice……

Top Three Reasons Not to Run Errands at Thuhr….

Top Three Reasons Not to Run Errands at Thuhr….


1. It’s HOT!

2. Traffic (One of the busiest times of the day). Most taxis don’t run the air conditioner (if they have it)

3. A lot of stores may not be open

( I just went out yesterday and got a reminder).

After Asr seems to be the time the sisters come out.  You will see more black (as in hijaabs)  out at this time.  But of course, you can go out at anytime…I prefer the mornings myself, but that’s probably because I am still on my American schedule.  A masjid that I went to had classes after Asr for the sisters and I was cooking dinner at that time………………

Free Wireless Internet Access at Markaz Libby

I noticed a large sign at Markaz Libby (aka Sana’a Trade Center) stating that there was free wireless internet access from 1:30 – 4:00. ……………………….

Re: Comments

If you have left a comment here recently. I am probably just now looking at it for the first time. Sincere apologies, it used to notify me by email when I got comments and doesn’t now. So, insha Allah, please give me some time to get to them and respond…………………..