Getting Around Middle East

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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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    To the Middle EAST

    by dr.firas Written Jun 29, 2003

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    To move form a place to another, use the most famous and cheap way of transportation: Trains and Buses.
    You should know that in general it is comfortable and amusing when it is in first class.
    Comparing with the prices in Europe and western countries first class is also very cheap.

    Trains in Syria

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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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    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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    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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    To the Middle EAST

    by dr.firas Written Jun 29, 2003

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    To the Middle East Airplanes is the best way to voyage to any country in this location!
    Airports are not the best in the world!
    But they are OK!
    And there are luxury airports like Dubai’s Airport and Al Sharga in U.A.E.
    And good ones like Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Amman, Jeddah, Riyadh, Tehran and others.

    Fly over the sunset!

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  • Road tips in KSA

    by dsantosh Written Jul 17, 2003

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    Transportation and Travel in KSA
    Driving. The newer roads are in generally in excellent condition. Interior roads may be bad.. The road to Bahrain passes over a 25-kilometer causeway, which was opened in 1986.
    Driving in Saudi Arabia is a very hazardous and nerve-wracking activity . One must learn to drive by "instinct" and make much more effort to judge the intentions of other drivers and pedestrians. Insurance is advisable and one must have maximum third-party liability coverage. For camping or off-road travels, it is best to have either a four-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive vehicle.
    Coping With Emergencies.. Many of them have equipment of the latest technology and fairly high standards of practice. Anything could happen on the highway. Moreover, there may not be a full-service hospital where he is going.
    Tips for travel . Always be careful when travelling with family . Traveling off the main road can be risky. Go in groups is you are off tracking the highway... Take along a first-aid kit and plenty of drinking water

    The cause way to Bahrain from Dammam.
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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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    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 ;)

    mini buses (the best budget option :) )

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Buses, trains or planes. You...

    by maen31 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Buses, trains or planes. You can choose the best way taking into consideration the prices and the easiest way of traveling.
    Getting around is so easy, you can rent a care and drive it yourself ,but if you have time you can take buses and spent one night in every city to be able to see as many places as you can.

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