Monday, June 27, 2022

Money & Shopping in Yemen

AsiaYemenMoney & Shopping in Yemen

Read next


Yemeni rials (YER) are issued as banknotes in denominations of YER50, YER100, YER200, YER250, YER500, and YER1000, as well as YER10 and YER20 coins.

The rial is a freely convertible currency that fluctuates a lot. In September 2014, €1 equaled YER276.


Almost wherever you go, you can purchase the curved dagger (jambiya) that local men wear. This purchase may be limited to just the dagger and its sheath, but handcrafted belts and silver wallets are also available. When buying a jambiya, be in mind that it is classified as a weapon for customs reasons. Handles were traditionally fashioned of animal horn or even ivory. While it is unlikely that the handles offered today as being fashioned from any of these materials are genuine, a hardwood or amber handle may be a preferable choice. Pendants and brooches in the form of the knife and its sheath are less expensive alternatives.

Necklaces and jewelry are also popular souvenirs, and many of them are made of the semi-precious stones that souvenir vendors claim to be made of. Nonetheless, a good grain of salt is taken while wearing a necklace made of lapis lazuli or another valuable stone.

Bargaining is expected and desirable, even with rural youngsters. If you are traveling with local guides, it is customary for them to ask for the “Yemeni pricing,” however any haggling on the side of the visitor will result in reductions.

Souvenir vendors will be everywhere you see in tourist areas. In certain mountain communities, such as Kawkaban, they use wheelbarrows loaded with trinkets to practically trap visitors. There is an art to politely declining the items on sale, even if the vendor is a little kid or girl in dire need.

Yemen’s rial (riyal) currency is susceptible to severe inflation. As a consequence, many costs, especially those offered to tourists with fair complexion, will be in Euros or US dollars. The vendor will take any of these three currencies, so ask for the price in the currency you are carrying at the moment. Discounts for paying in one currency or the other aren’t significant enough to justify exclusively paying in local currency, but you never know.

How To Travel To Yemen

By plane Emirates Airlines operates daily flights from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Sana'a. Yemen is one hour behind UAE time, thus the trip takes little longer than two hours. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, budget carrier Air Arabia flies from Sharjah (near Dubai) to Sana'a. Yemenia, the national carrier, travels...

How To Travel Around Yemen

Yemen is difficult to navigate since foreign nationals need travel permits and independent travel is prohibited in certain areas. The eastern Mahra area lacks road infrastructure, while the rest of Yemen has hundreds of kilometers of freshly constructed highways. If you are an adventurous tourist, local transportation (taxis, buses,...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Yemen

Visa rules vary often, and it is best to contact an embassy to ensure that the necessary paperwork is acquired (it is also a good idea to consult one of the approved tour operators in Sana'a). Visas on arrival are no longer available as of January 2010, and residents...

Accommodation & Hotels in Yemen

Outside of the capital and the main cities (Sana'a, Aden, and al-Mukalla), lodging is often simple and of the mattress-on-the-floor type, with communal bathing facilities and WCs. Most bigger communities will have at least one funduq that offers this kind of lodging. The Tourist Hotel is a common...

Things To See in Yemen

Babel Yemen (ancient city), Wadi Dhar, Sana'a (Dar al-Hadschar Palace - also known as the rock house). Sana'a is located at a height of approximately 2,200 meters (7,200 feet). The ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a mysterious and beautiful location. One of the world's oldest...

Things to do in Yemen

It is a tourist destination where, although the accommodations may not be the finest, the country itself contains numerous gems that will appeal to any open-minded visitor. The views are breathtaking, the people are welcoming, their culture is distinct, and their cuisine is delectable. Take excursions into the mountains...

Food & Drinks in Yemen

Food in Yemen Yemeni cuisine is distinct from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, and it is a true highlight of any visit to the nation, especially when enjoyed with locals (which is an invitation most visitors will receive more often than they might expect). Salta, a meat-based stew flavored with...

Traditions & Customs in Yemen

When exploring Yemen, the following guidelines should always be followed: This is a Muslim-majority nation. As a result, be cautious about where you aim your camera. There are many excellent picture possibilities around every turn (the question is generally what to leave out of each shot), but always ask first...

Language & Phrasebook in Yemen

The official language is Arabic. While many residents may try to converse in other languages with non-Arabic speakers, any tourist will almost definitely require at least some Arabic, especially if going outside of the capital. Even inside Sana'a, multilingual signs, which are ubiquitous across the Middle East, are often...

Culture Of Yemen

Yemen is a culturally diverse nation influenced by numerous civilizations, including the early civilisation of Sheba. Media Yemeni radio transmission started in the 1940s, when the country was still split between South by the British and North by the Imami governing regime. Following Yemen's unification in 1990, the Yemeni government reorganized...

History Of Yemen

Yemen has long existed at the crossroads of cultures, linked to some of the oldest centres of civilization in the Near East by virtue of its location in South Arabia. Between the 12th century BCE and the 6th century, it was part of the Minaean, Sabaean, Hadhramaut, Qataban, Ausan...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Yemen

Stay Safe in Yemen Yemen is presently at war and under international assault, and it has suffered significant damage. Terrorism and kidnappings of individuals, especially foreigners, have also been issues. When it is possible to return to Yemen, the following will become relevant: Under Islamic law, public use of alcohol is punishable...



South America


North America

Most Popular