Sana’a Apartments

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Sana’a Apartments – Your Home in Yemen
17 Sana’a Apartments
Zubairy Street, Fannia Neighbourhood
Behind Haddah Street & Opposite Gumhouri Hospital
Sana’a, Republic of Yemen
www.sanaa-apartments.com
info@sanaa-apartments.com
+44 07596100653 (UK)

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Apartments in Sanaa

There is a housing unit in Sana’a, run by, I believe, a British brother. 

You can find out details about the units here:

http://www.sanaa-apartments.com/

They are conveniently located in the Sharia Haddah area. I don’t have any personal experience dealing with them, but you might check them out. Sometimes it can be a real headache (trust me) dealing with local landlords. 

 (The site is really nice looking, masha Allah).

Buying a House in Yemen

Here, I have absolutely no experience. We rent and I have never come across anyone who has bought a house, except for maybe in Damaaj. That’s not to say you can’t buy one here, I just don’t have knowledge of prices and requirements and so forth. If I do come across any helpful information on the subject, insha Allah, I will post it here.

However, based upon my experience of being in  Yemen, in general, I do have a few tips:

1. Come to Yemen first. I would suggest trying to come here first and renting initially so that you can see the different areas. There is new construction going on all the time here and nicer outlying areas with beautiful homes, masha Allah. But things work differently here so its not really like in the states where you can just call a real estate agent and have them find you something, which brings me to my next point:

2. Find a native Yemeni to help you. Take the time to find someone you can trust. The system here is highly corrupt and compared to say the US, may seem quite backwards. There is a lot of baksheesh (bribery) and you might think you are paying a bonafide fee for something and it just landed in someone’s pocket. And there all kinds of loops and hurdles to go through. We’ve experienced that with just paying a phone bill or getting an electric problem fixed. I am not saying this to scare anyone off, but its a reality and you often need a Yemeni, even if you can speak Arabic, because they have been through the rigamarole all their life so they can sometimes take you straight to the place/person you need to be/talk to and possibly help you cut through the red tape.

Pictures of Housing, Sana’a

Below is an example of a furnished house, (comes with carpet and curtains, no stove/refrigerator), 5 bedrooms for around $350.00/month. Although not the most expensive (there are some apartments renting up to $1200; in Markaz Libby, the rent is around $800.00/month) you can find new unfurnished places in multifamily units for around $150 – $200, they are much simpler in design than this, but still really comfortable.
This is a 2 family villa (one family on top, the other on the bottom) with a small yard and carport area.

Yard and Carport areas

Living Room

Entry Way (1 of 2 in this particular house)