Middle East & Gulf States

Doha, Qatar

Written by on November 27, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 2 Comments
Doha, Qatar

Do you know where Qatar is?  I honestly had no idea until I took a look at a map.  I’m not one to go to countries just to “tick the box”, however this is an obvious exception.  I had been researching connections to get me from Dubai to Johannesburg and kept coming across Qatar Airways […]

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Oman

Written by on November 27, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 0 Comments
Oman

Oman was not on my initial itinerary, but I had heard such good things from a couple travelers I’d met earlier in the summer, I decided to check it out since I was “in the neighborhood” (only a 6 hour bus ride or short flight from Dubai).  I had originally planned for 8 days in […]

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United Arab Emirates

Written by on November 21, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 3 Comments
United Arab Emirates

I didn’t know what to expect when I landed in Dubai.  I knew the UAE was a country that did everything over the top.   I had heard about the indoor skiing attached to a mall, the air conditioners on the beach, and of course knew they had the tallest building in the world…the Burj Khalifa, […]

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Israel

Written by on November 19, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 1 Comment
Israel

I’m glad I saved Israel for my last stop in the Middle East and was happy to be back in the first world for a couple weeks.  I suppose I timed my visit just right, and am thankful that I am not there now.  Air sirens and rocket attacks from Hamas were definitely not part […]

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Dahab, Egpyt

Written by on October 15, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 0 Comments
Dahab, Egpyt

Dahab is a small diving and windsurfing/kitesurfing village on the Sinai Penisula of Egypt, about 80kms North of the more resort-y Sharm el Sheikh.  I came to Dahab on my first round the world trip 12 years ago, and have been wanting to go back ever since.  Red Sea scuba diving at its best, the […]

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Border Crossing from Hell

Written by on October 14, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 3 Comments
Border Crossing from Hell

I’m not going to lie…I was extremely nervous about heading down to Dahab, a sleepy diving town on the Red Sea about 90kms from the Southeastern tip of Sinai, Egypt.  The US State Department warned not to travel through Sinai, except for the more expensive and package-holiday resort town of Sharm el Sheik, which would […]

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Jordan

Written by on October 6, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 1 Comment
Jordan

I arrived in Amman, got my visa and made the bus-taxi transfer to my hostel without any issues.  My hostel was nothing to write home about, but it was only 7JD/night for a bed on the female dorm, or about $10.  There was only one other Japanese girl in the dorm, so it was more […]

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Lebanon

Written by on September 29, 2012 in General, Middle East & Gulf States with 2 Comments
Lebanon

My flight on Royal Jordanian went by quicker than I thought and I woke up just before landing in Amman, and after a quick layover, I was en route to Beirut.  Despite US State Department warnings against all travel to Lebanon, I’d met several travellers this summer who’d gone and said it was fine and […]

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