Stocking Up

When you get to Yemen, one thing I highly recommend from the jump is to  stock up on staples. Its “aadi” here (normal). 

When we were in Damaaj, we were able to stock up on items like rice, beans, tuna, pasta, flour and some spices.

When I mean stocking up, I don’t mean just a few more cans of this and that, I mean stocking up Yemeni style.  People buy bags of rice and other goods  in quantities such as 30 kilos! 

You can find big bags of staples sometimes at your neighborhood store, the little wholesale hole in the walls, and even stores like Shumaylah Hari sell big quantities.

Large plastic garbage cans with lids are great for storing your staples.

If you are in Sana’a, I was told to try Babul Yemen and the Shumayla Area (near Sharia Taiz) for some really, really, really great deals, especially produce. My son  told me that sometimes people rent a whole dubaab (mini van) for like 150 riyals (prices may have gone up) and the dubaab takes them all around babul yemen to go to the different souks to get good deals.

Somethings you may want to stock up on:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oil/Ghee
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Tuna
  • Pasta
  • Tea

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.