Friday, December 6

The Idiot's Guide to Living in Sanaa

I'm sure everybody heard the tragic news of the bombing of the Ministry of Defense compound in Sanaa yesterday.

This blog post is not meant to mock the events of yesterday or disrespect the people who lost their lives and the people who were injured at the scene.
This blog post is meant to provide a guide to non-Yemenis and Yemenis as well to help them choose a "safe" neighborhood where they can enjoy their days without having a constant fear of being bombed.

First of all, if you are a foreigner, especially white people, LEAVE this country. I say this with all the love and affection in the world. If you survived living in Sanaa so far without getting kidnapped, shot in the face, or bombed, then you are one lucky person! So if you survived all this, don't expect "luck" to cooperate with you further.

But if you, dear non-Arab foreigner, decide to stay then you will have to follow the guidelines your fellow Yemeni citizens have to follow, because we're together in this.

The NOs of things you should always remember when looking for a new place in our beloved capital:

NO public offices around: including ministries, hospitals, banks, public TV/Radio building, etc...

NO US embassy: believe me they don't want you near them either

NO European embassies: just in case, you never know

NO foreign companies: if you are working in one of them then it's OK to live near one, because most attacks happen during the day so you're screwed anyways

NO Hasaba: needless to comment on notorious Hasaba

NO Safia: it's just horrible there

NO House of Sheikh or a Minister around: good luck with that!

NO Heziaz, Khafji, Musaik: because nobody knows where these districts are

NO Bab Al-Yaman: I know this will disappoint a lot of white people in Sanaa but what can we do.

The list can go on and on and on but you'll probably be bored by the end of it. I'm sure you got the idea!

So when you have your NO-List, then you are good to go.
Foreigners: if you find a place at all, make sure you have a small grocery shop nearby, because you don't want to go to a supermarket nowadays in Sanaa.
One last advice, make sure you avoid the Ring Road (Dairi), the areas near Sanaa University (both Campuses), and the ex-battlefields of 2011, because you know what happened when we wanted to have a revolution and we might do it again. The Egyptians did it, why can't we.

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