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Who's Visited The Middle East?  
User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Since topics relating to the middle east seem to crop up at various intervals, i was wondering how many of us have actually visited countries there?

Ive been to egypt, Israel, Palestinain lands, Turkey, Syria and The UAE(dubai).

When have you been, what did you think of the places your visited?

Ps-if this turns into either

arabs+muslims vs america or israel vs palestine i wont be held responsible for my actions.


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
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I have been to Bahrain,Abu Dhabi and Muscat a few years ago. We stayed in a 4 star hotel only, but the service felt like a 7 star hotel! I must say, arab hospitality is one of the best in the world, they make you feel warm and settled. Bahrain is a nice,clean and modern city, and the atmosphere is relaxed and easy going, much more tolerant here than other arab countries. Abu Dhabi was the same, great hospitality and arab cuisine is delicious!!  Smile

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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Been to Bahrain, nice place with friendly people.

Staffan


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

I was born in Abu Dhabi, UAE and have lived in Dubai, Sharjah (both UAE) Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran (briefly) and Oman.

Love the place apart from Saudi Arabia which is a sh*t hole



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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

Born in Dubai and lived in the UAE for 9 years. During which, I have been to Abu Dhabi (many many times), Bahrain (5 times), Sharjah (lived there for 7 years), Doha (3 times). There are others as well, but have forgotten them. Dubai is a brilliant city, always love going back there. I also agree, arab cuisine is great, many friendly people. Don't know too much about Saudi Arabia...  Smile

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

My family is from Iran. I've been there three times. Beautiful place - I love it.


American_4275


User currently offlineBlueJet From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 397 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

I have been to Islamabad.

User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

What did people think of the culture/lifestyle/people they met?

Overall, ive always had a good time visiting the middle east and the people are very friendly, its a shame that too many have some ill-informed opinions of middle eastern culture.

id be very interested to hear of peoples experiences.



It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Borderline. Been to Turkey and the central Asian republics of the USSR (yes, it was that then) of Turkmenistan, Azerbaidjan, Georgia and Armenia.

Would love to visit the rest of the region, but I have this aversion to explosive busses and accute leadpoisoning in the air.



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User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

I've spent ten days in the Holy Land ten years ago. Very good memories.

User currently offlineLY772 From Israel, joined Aug 2001, 1340 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

I've been to Israel and Egypt.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Anyone remember FlightLevel? He was certainly a well travelled member and according to a previous post he had visited the Middle East...

"Albania
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Yugoslavia

Zambia
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...also, oompah~loompah land, Atlantis, Metropolis, and Circuit City.




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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1946 times:
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Politics aside, the middle east is a great region, they have a high standard of life in places like Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai, this is why they're now becoming tourist hotspots for people around the world. Some parts of the ME like Bahrain and Abu Dhabi are amazingly clean and tidy, the hotels were spotless, the streets are free of litter, and public places are immensely clean too. Would dearly love to visit Dubai anytime.

The best experience for me was the food/cousine, those chargrilled kebabs,Pilau rice and fresh salad, yum yum!!  Big thumbs up

Arsenal@LHR



In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1945 times:

I went to Israel last year right before 9-11. It was a very scenic country with a lot of great sites. Never did I see any violence or any signs of trouble other than the hotel room TV. The people seemed alright to me. Most kept to themselves while walking through the streets (understandable). It was a very diverse region with mountains, desert, coastal plain, the Galilee sea, and the very unique Dead Sea.

User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

I've been to Turkey (in July '01), Istanbul is a beautiful city with a lot of history! Also the Mediterranean coast has amazing scenery with great beaches and mountains. I will definately be going back.

R41


User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

I went to Turkey for a half a day on a family trip to Greece and Turkey in June 2001. I went to Kusadasi and Ephesus. It was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip! Something I found interesting was that the market area in Kusadasi was a lot like some parts of some cities in Mexico (also a lot of fun). Similar things were sold, it looked very similar, and the merchants were very similar. To say the least, persistant, but they add to the wonderful atmosphere.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

I've visited Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Dubai, Israel.

Found most people friendly enough, a shame that the Saudis don't seem to like to talk much, esp. to strangers, but hey.

Dubai was probably the most cosmopolitan of the lot, and it's true that you can have a lot of fun there....great shopping, great beaches, desert safaris and generally an expatriate playground, although some people aren't into that admittedly pretentious sort of lifestyle.

Quite liked Tel Aviv, although the problems do tend to spoil the atmosphere somewhat....and it isn't as vibrant or attractive as Dubai, from a cultural/modern perspective.

Wouldn't mind living in Dubai for a short period-maybe 4-5 years, before coming back to the real world to work in Oz.


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

I've been to Israel. I am interested in going back there.

I also would like to visit Egypt.


User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

I have been to Iran, Bahrain and UAE (Dubai/Sharjah).


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User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

When you visit dubai do you feel that its becoming too much of a tourist beach resort?


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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

In my opinion, it's a milder version of Las Vegas or Florida.....as I said, some people aren't into that kind of stuff-it's very brash, and in-your-face wealth, but it can also be great fun for a short while.

There's probably not much choice really, given the state can't rely on oil permanently....better to start diversifying now, as Dubai has started to do.

In terms of settling down, I certainly wouldn't want to live there....my adopted 'home' for now, is Europe and I love it here.

A bit like America, really; great for a vacation/short period, but not sure I would want to live there permanently.

That's just my opinion though.



User currently offlineAirplanenut From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 659 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

I was in Israel in the summer of 2000 and December, 2001. In 2000, I was also in Bethlahem, so I was also in Palestinian lands...


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User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

A bit like America, really; great for a vacation/short period, but not sure I would want to live there permanently.

There was really no reason for that statement.


User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

and why not? because it says that someone somewhere may not want to live in dubai all of the time?


It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Bringing in America has nothing to do with Dubai.

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