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    by DAO Updated Aug 26, 2012

    Kuwaitis view themselves as good businessmen. To be fair, there is a whole shopping mall inside the airport if they let you go outside security. You have to get a visa for that and they hassle you when you come back through security. You have to kind of lie to get one. So there is BIG HINT number 1 that they don't see the potential for lots of money to be made from passing tourists. Then there is hint number 2 - the virtual lack of souvenirs air-side in the airport. Then there is the very largest 3rd hint:

    Kuwait Airport has no postcards! Or even postage stamps.

    Fun Alternatives:

    Unfortunately there is no alternative. OK, they do sell fridge magnets.

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    Arabic Dictionaries

    by maykal Updated Oct 11, 2007

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    Don't bother buying an Arabic dictionary outside the Middle East as they are ridiculously expensive. In England a good dictionary costs £70 (US$100 approx), I bought the same one in Syria for about $10. They are quite bulky, so leave plenty room in your luggage to avoid excess baggage fines at the airport!!!

    Look out for Hans Wehr and Al-Mawrid dictionaries, as these are the best ones for translating in either direction. I used to have a Hippocrene dictionary, but words such as "automobile", "anaesthetic" and "radio" were in a section at the back entitled "New words"...although printed in 1995, it was somewhat dated and of little practical use! Avoid...

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  • Learn Arabic to Survive in Middle East

    by dsantosh Written Aug 12, 2003

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    Some useful Arabic phrases:
    As-salaam alaykum – Peace be with you (greeting)
    Wa alaykum as-salaam – And with you peace (reply)
    Kayf halek ? How are you? (to a man)
    Kayf halesh? How are you? (to a woman)
    Al hamdu lillah, bikhair – Fine, thanks be to God
    Zain - good. (another response)
    Tammam - (and another)
    Tayyib - (and another)
    Sabah al kayr - good morning
    Sabah ah noor - good morning (the response)
    Misa al kayr - good evening
    Misa ah noor - good evening (the response)
    Ahlan wa sahlan - Welcome
    Maharba - Hello
    Ma’salamah - Goodbye
    Min fadlak - Please
    Shukran – Thank you
    Afwan – you’re welcome
    Naam, iwa – Yes
    La – No
    Insha'llah - God willing ( or at such time as God desires)
    Mafee mooshkalah - No problem
    Wayn... - Where is ...
    Hammam - bathroom or toilet
    Funduq - hotel
    Teksi - taxi or taxi stand
    Mushtashfa - hospital
    Souq - market
    Telefon - Telephone
    Bikam? - How much?
    Yillah! - Lets go!

    Unique Suggestions: Numbers
    Sifr - Zero
    Wahid - one
    Itnain - Two
    Talata - Three
    Arbaa - Four
    Khamsa - Five
    Sita - Six
    Saba - Seven
    Tamania - Eight
    Tisah - Nine
    Ashara - Ten
    Itnashr - Twenty
    Talateen - Thirty
    Arbien - Fourty
    Kamseen - Fifty (etc.)
    Mia - Hundred
    Alf - Thousand

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    What you should know!

    by dr.firas Written Jun 29, 2003

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    As I said before:
    Please once you deiced to visit the Middle East, put all what you know and you heard behind your back!
    Media had really deformed a lot of facts about this region!
    I’m only asking everybody to make its own idea and facts from his own experience and from what he saw and tested by him.
    Tourists are always fascinated about how nice and kind and friendly the majority of people in the Middle East are.
    They are totally taken by the hospitality and welcoming and automatic help people shows once they meet a stranger or a tourist.
    Many tourists always if it is safe to go to countries in the Middle East.
    Once again I am here to confirm that: oh yes sir it is safe everywhere but those conflict zones.

    Friendly me with my cat!

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    No need to think of that much...

    by maen31 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    No need to think of that much ,no one will think of hurting you, Syria is one of the safest places in this world.

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    The Pyramids at Giza in...

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Pyramids at Giza in Egypt.They are the wonder of the world. Specatular and immense. I stood there for ages looking at the Pyramids and wallowing in the history of the place.

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