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  • Top ten of the best songs to play during your car

    by alenajoseph Updated Nov 26, 2013

    Whether you’re renting a car for business or pleasure, Hertz Middle East and Africa customers have access to a vast array of vehicles that are available at more than 8,800 Hertz locations in 150 countries.

    These Hertz collections encompass a wide range of our customers’ needs; from the Green Traveller collection which comprises of eco-friendly hybrid and electric cars that are good for the environment; through to the Prestige Collection, which is a unique line of luxury and prestige vehicles including the Jaguar XK Automatic convertible, Porsche 911, the Range Rover Sport 4x4 and many more. Check out all of our available vehicles by going to www.hertz.com and selecting our Vehicle Guide.

    When you get in your car and find yourself with nothing but endless road ahead of you, you need to play some top tunes that will make your trip far more enjoyable and elapse faster. Here are some of our top song suggestions to liven up your drive.

    Sweet Disposition by indie rock band, The Temper Trap, is a great song to start off your journey. With lead singer, Dougy Mandagi’s soaring vocals and the music’s quirky, lively beat, this song hits all the right notes and is guaranteed to lift your mood, ready for the drive ahead.

    Another song that promises to boost your mood is Born to Run by ‘the Boss’, Bruce Springsteen. A classic song that combines all the elements that make music great: with amazing vocals and lyrics and powerful melodies.

    No car trip would be complete without a rock song that can be blasted out at full volume; our pick for this is Knights of Cydonia by British rock band, Muse. With a theatrical tone, highlighted by intense guitar riffs and energetic beats, coupled with Matt Bellamy’s powerful vocals, this is the perfect rock song for those long car trips.
    Similarly, Adele’s Someone Like You brings a similar vibe, with the British singer’s belting vocals as the highlight of the song.

    For some easy-listening songs, check out Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This chilled out tune is perfect for those sunny days, on those care-free drives that will guarantee a sing-along, particularly with such a rousing chorus.

    Another great chilled-out tune is Ho Hey by the Lumineers; with its folksy acoustic tune, it is an ideal song for those relaxing drives. Or check out the Good Life by One Republic, with its light and carefree melodies which make it a great accompaniment to these journeys.

    No car journey would be complete without some current hits playing in the background. Our pick for these include Wake Me Up by Avicii, Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams and I Love It by Icona Pop. With their upbeat, catchy melodies, these are the ideal companions on long car trips and you can be assured that your drive with Hertz will be more enjoyable with these pop tunes playing.

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    Cheap airlines

    by Robin020 Written Nov 4, 2011

    One of my hobbies is finding the cheapest possible way to get around the region.

    Air Arabia : to Syria Lebanon etc..
    for more info www.airarabia.com
    http://www.flydubai.com/english.aspx
    www.easyjet.com
    www.flypgs.com
    www.anadouljet.con
    www.chamwings.com flys to
    Damascus (Syria)

    Baghdad (Iraq)

    Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf (Iraq)

    Malmo (Sweden)

    Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt)

    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    P.S is better to book upfront to get a law price.

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    5 STAR AIRLINE - NO WAY

    by DAO Updated Apr 11, 2011

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    Qatar Airways promotes itself as the world’s ‘Only 5 Star Airline’. They must be the only ones to believe that rubbish. My first flight with them was on a plane that looked like it had been decorated to look like a bad massage parlour/brothel. The seats were poorly covered; amenities poor and the staff looked bored or were extremely indifferent. I would not have given it anything but a 2.5 star rating. Free drinks had to be coerced out of the staff who acted like they were the ones paying for them. The TV screen had a couple of channels that could not be stopped or paused like on GOOD AIRLINES. And their prices can be shocking.

    Their organisation on the ground during a transfer to Yemen was scary. The flight to Yemen was, in my experienced opinion, unsafe. The staff could not control a large group of women and seating was thrown into chaos. The crew did not have a good understanding of English and spoke no Arabic. Arguments broke out among passengers because everyone was in the wrong seat and many would not sit down. We were delayed ON THE PLANE by 1 hour because of this. They disregarded many sections of the safety briefing due to time and seeming lack of training. Shocking. Movies? None. Drinks? 1 and that was trouble to get. I have some peanuts thrown at me and the whole flight was like a zoo. Passengers used mobiles actively the whole flight and no staff member did anything about it.

    5 Star Airline? No! 5 Ring Circus and total rip-off? Yes.

    Qatar Airways. Do not fly them!

    Fly Emirates. Wish I had.

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    NO FERRY BETWEEN LEBANON AND CYPRUS !

    by DAO Updated Dec 27, 2009

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    There are currently no ferry boats running between Cyprus and Lebanon. They stopped a few years ago. I actually took the ferry between them, but they have been stopped for a couple of years now. You can go to Syria though.

    The link below shows all ferry services between Cyprus and other countries of the region. If they every reinstate the service, it would be listed here.

    You can, however, fly between the 2 countries.

    *Please note: This tip was written as an answer to a Travel Forum question.

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    Travelling between Israel/Palestine and Egypt

    by travellingdan Written Jul 29, 2008

    Border crossings between Israel and Egypt are in Nizzana, Rafiah and Taba, close to Eilat. They are usually open exept on Jom Kippur and the first day of Id ei Adha.

    Nizzana, the biggest crossing point, 60 km south of Beersheba, is usually open from 8.00 to 16.00. Rafiah, 50km southwest of Ashkelon, is open between 8.30 and 17.00. Taba, south of Elat, is open from 7.00 to 21.00 Uhr.

    IMPORTANT: Check beforehand at what time the border crossings will be opened (tourist info in Jerusalem / Israeli embassy in Cairo) - as the Israelis sometimes close them w/o prior notice.

    For Egypt you need a visa, but you can get it at the border. If you leave Israel from Taba and only want to visit south Sinai you get a 7day-visa right away for roughly 5$ tax. And you can only return to Taba! For returing to Israel you need to fill out the return form "AL-17".

    For entering Israel you need a visa - please check for the formalities with your countries Israeli embassy website or the Israeli Foreign office (http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About%20the%20Ministry/Consular%20affairs/SERVICES%20FOR%20FOREIGN%20NATIONALS%20ONLY#visitor).

    From Jerusalem there are busses from the main terminal to all directions - so as well to Eilat / Taba for example. The main israeli Bus Co-Op "Egged" goes regularly from Tel Aviv to Cairo, from Eilat to Sharm el Sheikh and to the international Airport Ras el Naqb.

    You can also go by private / rental car. Please also check for detailed info at the websites of the Foreign offices and your local AAA.

    To south Sinai you can also go by boat from Sharm el Sheikh. You have to get a 48-hour-visa beforehand at the egyptian consulat in Eilat.

    Lots of people do daytrips to the Sinai, so transport from there to Cairo or vice versa will probably be as easy.

    Have fun!

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    Driving from Cairo-Alexanderia

    by Doctor38 Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    If you have to travel by car from Alexandria to Cairo ALWAYS use the Desert road known as attaree essahrawi you'll pay 2 LE as at a toll. It is 200 km and you probably make it in 2 hrs to your destination. It is 3 or even 4 lane highway which is very empty.

    NEVER use the Agriculture road attaree' aserae'e other wise you'll find your self stuck behind a donkey or some heavy vehicle or worst having an accident with a bicycle. Don't be fooled into thinking it might be more scenic, It is NOT.

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    Air Arabia, Budget Airline

    by Doctor38 Written Jul 14, 2007

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    This is probably the cheapist way to fly to and from the UAE. It is to all countries in the Middle East and the Indian Subcont. Here is a list for its destinations Ahmedabad (India), Aleppo (Syria), Alexandria (Egypt), Almaty (Kazakhstan) ,Amman (Jordan) ,Assiut (Egypt) , Astana (Kazakhstan) ,Bahrain ,Beirut (Lebanon) ,Chennai (India) ,Chittagong (Bangladesh) ,Colombo (Sri Lanka) ,Damascus (Syria) ,Dammam (Saudi Arabia) ,Doha (Qatar) ,Istanbul (Turkey) ,Jaipur (India) ,Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) ,Kabul (Afghanistan) Suspended temporarily Karachi (Pakistan) ,Kathmandu (Nepal) ,Khartoum (Sudan) ,Kochi (India) ,Kuwait ,Latakia (Syria), Luxor (Egypt) ,Mumbai (India) ,Nagpur (India) ,Peshawar (Pakistan) ,Muscat (Oman) , Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) ,Sana’a (Yemen) ,Sharjah (U.A.E) ,Tehran (Iran) ,Yerevan (Armenia),
    Thiruvananthapuram (India).

    Seats are quite big for economy class and leg rooms are generous. Seatting condition on Air Arabia is actually better than any other Airline I used before. I am about 190 cm (6'3) and I feel very comfortable on Air Arabia

    All the plains are new Airbus and Food is sold on board. You can buy a meal for 3-4 dollars.

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    Cheap Flights

    by JohnniOmani Written Feb 18, 2007

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    One of my hobbies after living and working in the Gulf for the past 3 years is to find cheap flights. My job allows me to take 2.5 to 3 months off a year so Ive become a bloodhound so to speak with regards to finding the cheapest possible way to get around the region. Air Arabia is by far the best option and you can fly return from say Oman to Lebanon or Syria return for $300 Canadian dollars tax included. Iran is about the same from Dubai as well as coming from the other direction ie Beirut, Damascus or Jordan. Air Arabia has even extended its network to Central Asia, the Caucasus, India (dirt cheap), Sri Lanka and Egypt. The cheapest possible way to get to Yemen from the Middle East is with Air Arabia as well. Other airlines such as Etihad Airways offer fantastic deals to the UK and Europe and Gulf Air and Emirates have occasional deals. Good luck and happy hunting :)

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    Taxi Business

    by JohnniOmani Written Feb 18, 2007

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    On the whole, taxi drivers in the Gulf despite what the internet or guide books may say are as dodgy as anywhere else in the world. The UAE and a few other states use meters but Oman and Yemen and Syria etc come down to bargaining skills. There are a few things to know before hopping in a taxi in the Middle East. 1. Not all taxi drivers speak English and in places like Oman and Yemen, you are on your own. A basic understanding of Arabic will go a long way but if you have trouble ask a local to help you (I usually ask folks in the lineup what I should pay from the airport to my destination so I have a starting point before approaching the sharks outside). 2. Negotiate a fare! Dont listen to the 'no problem' or headshake because I guarantee if you dont negotiate you will pay 3 to 4 times higher than normal. 3. Dont RELY on street names in the ME, most places are known by landmarks such as 'bring me to the main bazaar etc' and the whole exchange is less troublesome for you and for the driver. 4. Always check or write down the license plate of the taxi in case something goes wrong such as bags be stolen or (woman being touched) etc. Overall, they are not that bad ;)

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    THE BEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD

    by DAO Written Jan 23, 2007

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    Unless you are blessed with wealth, you will probably enjoy most of your travels across the world in Economy – also know as “Cattle Class”. The best airline in the world for those reasonable airfares is EMIRATES.

    Why Emirates is better:

    • Best Flight Crews in the air
    These people pride themselves on being friendly. They are happy to be there, happy to see you and it shows. No request is a problem.
    • Comfortable seats
    The interiors are always new, you always get a pillow and a blanket, and seats are plush.
    • Free Unlimited alcohol
    Anything you want and the crew don’t hassle you if you want to drink a lot of cold beers, wine, whiskey, whatever you choose.
    • In-flight entertainment
    You can watch about 10-15 brand new movies and you can pause movies so you can go on your travels inside the plane. Also have the forward and underside cameras to watch takeoffs and landings just like you were in the cockpit
    • Hot face towel when you get onboard.
    Really nice if this is not your first flight of the day
    • Good food
    No airline has great food, but everything is good and the food is recognisable.
    • Company ethos
    The whole airline is based on the Arabic concept of hospitality. You are treated like a Prince or Princess regardless of how much you paid.

    Emirates flights are sometimes $30-100 more than other airlines roundtrip prices, but the service you get is priceless and the rest you get makes your first day of holiday that much better.

    EMIRATES. The best. The end.

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    Travelling between Israel/Palestine and Jordan

    by travellingdan Written Jul 20, 2005

    If you want to travel between Israel/Palestine and Jordan and you don't want to fly between the two international airports Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv and the one in Amman, you can go by bus and taxi. Then you have the choice between three different border crossings:

    - The one in the north, which is called Sheikh Hussein (in Jordan) / Jordan River crossing (in Israel),
    - the one in the middle, which is the famous King Hussein / Allenby Bridge crossing or
    - the one in the south which is called Arabah / Arava border crossing.

    The Allenby crossing seems to be the most convenient on the first look because it is more or less on the direct line Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Amman. But watch out: It is therefore the most crowded crossing and if you are not going there pretty early you will take the risk of not beeing able to cross before they close the crossing (yes, they have opening hours). And for entering Jordan from Israel you need a Visa! It's only available from the Jordan embassy in Tel Aviv - or directly at the Araba border crossing :-)

    You can make it an easy and very nice trip like I did by taking the earliest Egged Bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat with a great stopover at one of the Dead Sea Spas. Then just relax a little on the beach in Eilat and take the taxi to the border crossing (it's not really in walking distance). The border crossing is pretty empty and modern and - not what you expect - the personnel is friendly. You pay some bucks for the entry visa into Jordan (in Jordan Dinar!) and you have crossed. On the Jordan side just take a taxi to Aquaba, Petra or wherever you want to go. Have fun - the Jordanians are really great people! (The border police at the taxi stand offered us tea, cigs and cookies!)

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    Ferry...

    by coceng Written Jun 23, 2005

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    When crossing The Red Sea, ferry or fast ferry or even being called a catamaran would be the best option to take.
    Although not that cheap but it's a pleasant journey as we want to get to the next destination as soon as possible !

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    Trains...

    by coceng Written Jun 23, 2005

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    I rarely met any tourist travelling with trains in The Middle East.
    Most of the times, they are slow but in some places, the trains would provide some bext sights which we can't see on the roads.
    At least along The Nile, train is the best option !
    the sceneries are just amazing with Egyptians are running their everyday life, that we could see through the train windows...

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    Taxis...

    by coceng Written Jun 23, 2005

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    Taxi is also a good option.
    Do take a taxi if you are not scared of being conned or over-charged !
    Anyway, sometimes taxi is the ONLY option to take say if you are going to somewhere remote & there's no other public transportations.
    Make sure you know where you are going & at least have a rough idea of how much you want to pay to the taxi drivers !

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    Buses & Service Taxis..

    by coceng Written Jun 23, 2005

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    Buses & service taxis are the best options to move around The Middle East.
    They are sometimes reliable sometimes they are not !
    Please check the time tables.
    Most of the times, we pay the price of the journey on the buses or service taxis themself. No need to get a ticket beforehand.
    Some service taxis (which look like mini vans...) will only start their engine when enough passengers are onboard so this could alter your plan in reaching some destinations.

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