Mail and Post Offices

We made our first trip to the post office here in the five years that we have been here.   

Yemen does not have residential postal service, you can’t get mail delivered to your home.  You can however get po boxes. I am not sure of the costs for these, but they are available.  You can stop by a post office for details.

Most post offices probably look like this:  (they are bright, you really can’t miss them).


If a post office box is not an option, you can receive packages/parcels via DHL. They are located (the Sana’a office) on Sharia Haddah, not too far past the Libyan Embassy (sifaarah libiyyah). I believe they are open 24 hours, with the exception of Ramadan, for which they have special hours.


Our trip to the post office was to mail a postcard to the US.  The cost was about 60 cents.  It was actually easier than I had thought. Some tourists ahead of us were mailing postcards too. I just showed the post card to the teller/cashier and told him where it was going to and he gave us the needed stamps. Then he took the postcard for mailing.

When we were in Egypt, it took a letter from my sister about 1 month to arrive from the states, through ordinary mail (bareed aadee), so I expect it will take around that long (or longer) for ordinary mail here, Allahu ilm….Nope, I was wrong. When I first wrote this post I had just mailed a postcard to California through bareed aadi  and has since it arrived and in about two weeks, masha Allah. So that was a surprise.

2 Responses

  1. slms i am intending of also making hijra but i would appericiate it if you could tell me which was your preference yemen or egypt which one would you recommend and why?
    we have found a job in yemen with a salaryof 1,800 dollars is this sufficient including schooling expenses?
    also are there seperate gender schools in yemen?
    jazakallh khair your site is very helpfull as we are intending on making hijra

    • wa alaykumus salaam,

      wa yakum

      I personally prefer Yemen. I just think the whole atmosphere feels more Islamic than in Egypt, due to the fact that basically all the women cover and though not everyone’s adab is great, I found it to be much better here. Although Yemen is becoming more and more westernized, it still feels like an Islamic country moreso than Egypt did, to me.

      I think generally 1800 dollars is really good for Yemen, but it would depend on your family, its size, its needs. Are you talking about schooling expenses for children? I am not sure how much private schools cost here. We have a family of 9 kids and we spend a lot on food but that amount would cover our basic expenses, but it really depends again on your lifestyle and the size of your family. The housing is super cheap here so that helps a lot. Food way outweighs our monthly budget more than the rent.

      I am not sure if there are separate genders schools here, honestly. I know a great deal of the private schools are mixed.

      Have you tried joining the HIjrah to Yemen yahoo group or the Muhaajir Yahoo group? You might be able to find more perspectives on the income there as someone might see it differently than me. There has been a lot of discussion on the Muhaajir group about Yemen lately.

      May Allah facilitate your hijrah plans for you. Ameen.

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