Middle East Warnings and Dangers

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Middle East Warnings and Dangers

  • warnings for women

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    While on my second trip in Istanbul I decided to go to the grand bazaar by myself, while I was shopping around, this guy ask me if I wanted to purchase leather bags and I said no, but he would not leave me so I gave in. He offered me Turkish Apple Tea and told me I did not need to buy anything. The next thing I know, I'm in this small room with him...

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  • Old City Jerusalem Streets

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    My credit card was charged with US Dollars instead of Israeli Shekel. The transaction was done by paper, not electronically, which was a serious mistake on my part. The currency was set to Dollars even though the deal was done in Shekel.

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  • General Security Advices

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Warnings and Dangers

    I understood why they say that you have to be at Ben Gurion airport (probably others as well but this is the one I used) 3 hours before departure. I was flying in and out of Israel with Lufthansa, and as of May 2010, they have their baggage drop counters on T3, Level G. As I was already checked in, I proceeded there and I was happy to see that...

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  • Appropriate Clothing

    Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

    When in Saudi Arabia you should respect theyr culture and dresscodes. They appriciate it and it?s just plain polite when you go somewhere else to respect the rules there. Women have to cover up in an Abaya, it?s a black gown worn over clothes. Take a scarf to cover your hair aswell since it?s what they like you to do. In Jeddah they sometimes do...

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  • Driving and Traffic

    Qatar Warnings and Dangers

    While cruising the highway (from Ras Laffan to Doha), we normally drive at 120 kph since this is the maximum speed limit allowed in the highway. But you will always be surprised that there will be an overspeeding vehicles that will overtake you (maybe cruising at 150kph or more). Just be careful and stay on the right side of the road or else...

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  • Be aware of Call Girls

    Dubai Warnings and Dangers

    First of all Dubai is a Safe City. The warning here is for Ladies, There are alot of people in Dubai they can't diffrentiate between a Pros.. and Descent ladies and here were the problem starts. Mostly they will ask u the famouse Question "HOW MUCH" like this word is written in Dubai Tourism Handbook or they start buging U. About Night Clubs there...

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  • Taxis / driving

    Bahrain Warnings and Dangers

    The previous tips mention the problem of taxis overcharging in Bahrain. However, just recently (end of 2008), all taxis have to put on their meters when accepting a fare and if they don't, the ride is free. They all have a sticker on the window saying this now. There are still ways of adding additional money to the fare, though. Last week I took a...

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  • unsafe areas

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I am staying at marmara hotel, Just connecting to taksim square, on the opposite side of the doner places, there is a street which starts with a place called "simit saray" and basically ends with a couple of hotels. It is not just this street, but all small streets around taksim square. You will be stopped by all people in front of their...

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  • Pickpockets

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    Being a major area to visit by 3 of the Major Religions of the world, Jerusalem has it's share of scammers, touts, pick pockets, hustlers and more. walking especially at the old city has lots of crowds and some of them are these unholy people so your best bet will be to secure your valuables into bags or back packs that are slash proof (i'm using...

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  • Beach Safety

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Warnings and Dangers

    Every year between Mid' of July and aprx Mid of August a huge Jellyfish groups "visit" Israel on its way north. (towards Lebanon and further north). Those Jellyfishes are NOT as dangerouse / deadly as in Australia for example or maybe in other places too BUT they can give you a bad burns on the skin !!! They are BIG and nasty and the spread their...

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  • Traffic & Roads

    Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

    watch out for the traffic jam during the holy month of Ramadan. it's just beyond your imagination. all those who never leave their home get to leave it in ramadan! as the working day is shorter, starts late and finishes early, so all people leave almost at the same time, so you end up with a massive traffic jam. instead of spending a 15-minute...

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  • Islamic Law or Sharia

    Qatar Warnings and Dangers

    From what I was told in Doha, crime is minimal. This is not entirely due to the existence of Sharia (Islamic) law, which in Qatar is applied only to Muslims anyway (as distinct from Saudi Arabia, where it applies to all in the kingdom). There are other factors, such as the fact that most Qataris are reasonably affluent, if not downright wealthy. As...

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  • Ladies Day

    Dubai Warnings and Dangers

    What a bummer. When we went to Jumeirah Park Beach for a day in the sun and just to relax I was stopped at the entrance and the woman who was charghing entry fee was quite uppset at me and pointing at the board on the sidewalk and screaming "ladies day, ladies day" in bad english. Fortunally we were at the Jumeirah Park Beach the day before but...

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  • taxis

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I will never be going back to Turkey on vacation. In fact I am typing this from my hotel room (marmara hotel), and I cannot wait until my flight in a few days to get out of here. Sure, the people there are very nice, probably living like all people around the world, but I do not recommend Istanbul for travelers and tourists. You will be scammed...

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  • At the Airport

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    This is the place where you stop being a traveller and you start being considered a possible threat. When the hotel receptionjist told me that I should be in the airport 3 hours in advance, I thought: yes as usual but 1 hour and half will be enough. Fortunatly for some reasons we were in the airport 3 hours before the flight infact, I had been...

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  • Money and Safety

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Warnings and Dangers

    I bought a lot of merchandise at MAZAL TOV, 159 Dizengoff in Tel Aviv. I signed the AMEX credit card receipt for 215 shekels.When I got back to the states I was charged in US Dollars. THE MERCHANT ALTERED THE RECEIPT. There are many forms of this same scam. Some items are marked just with a number and when you get to a cashier they try to charge...

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  • Weather

    Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

    We get a sand storm mainly twice a year,when the cool season ends(it`s not really winter)and once again when the summer ends. Here is a picture I got in my e.mail of a sand storm that happend in Jiddah in April 2005. looks scary! it lasted 15 minutes and it was washed away with rain drops,,,then the real heat began!!!

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  • Dressing

    Qatar Warnings and Dangers

    Others have said that it is acceptable for women to dress somewhat revealing, you may not get carted away but it is considered disrespectful to the culture here. Also especially during the holy month of Ramadan, dress conservatively, no shorts or sleeveless tops. It is really rude to those fasting and it makes those who dress this way appear to be...

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  • pickpockets

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I think this tip is applicable in all the major touristy areas, but especially in the Grand Bazaar. Do not ignore warnings! The risk is great. Luckily I read warnings before I ventured in the Bazaar, and sure enough I felt fingers reach in my back pocket for my wallet, to turn around and make direct eye contact with a Turkish Teenage Boy. Luckily I...

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  • Transportation

    Jerusalem Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic in the vicinity of the Jerusalem Shopping Mall is disrupted frequently(2013) by road works and traffic jams caused by the nearby football stadium. Also extensive road works on the main highway to Tel Aviv cause slow-downs.

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  • Cultural Diffrences

    Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

    First of all it is very safe, but not for stupids. For males: do not act as if your culture is the best even if you belive that it is. For females generaly:'decencey is required' while shopping or walking in streets do not act as if you are 'the only expensive gift God gave males'.

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  • shoe polishers

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    There are some shoe polisher crooks in town, especial around the Grand Bazar area. The trick is simple: -Shoe polishers will pass you in a quiet narrow street and "accidentally" drops a brush -Of course your are honest, pick up the brush and call the crook into his game -He seems to be thankful and looks to offer you a "free" shoe polish (no words...

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  • Public Photography

    Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

    Most public places prohibit photography,and also taking pictures of local people is something that will make them uncomfortable,you have NO idea how much hassel I go through to take these pictures I place here in VT. The picture below was taken on a Ramadan night right after Iftar(The first meal to break our fasting)....the streets are really...

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  • road traffic

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    The traffic in Istanbul is quite heavy. You would do well to avoid taxis and use the tramway or walk, especially in the Sultanahmet area. Not only are the places situation nearby, it is interesting to walk around. The places such as the Topkapi palace, Blue Mosque, Agia Sophia,Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar -- can all be covered by foot.

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  • Electricity & services

    Jiddah Warnings and Dangers

    Although Jeddah is an astonishing city to live and work in, in some seasons, it can give you a hard time. When it rains, when suddenly electricity goes off for hours, or when storms blow things away. Jeddah has a poor drainage system. So it drowns when it rains although it's only one season in the whole year. Also, it doesn't have any alert system...

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  • water

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    One of my guidebooks stated that drinking water from the tap was not such a good idea, I still brushed my teeth with it but for drinking water we found a guy selling cold 1.5L bottles for 1tl (about 50 cents), for me it's not worth the risk of getting sick, certainly not with bottled water being so cheap. If you don't want to lug around a giant...

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  • CAMEL CROSSINGS

    A few VT’ers have seen my Camel Crossing sign and thought it was a bit of a spoof. I can assure you it is not. There are quite a few desert/dry areas across the Middle East and Bedouins do cross empty roads from time to time. If you are on a long boring road - do be vigilant. Hitting a camel would definitely damage your vehicle. Driving is...

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  • Tickets

    http://www.gaijinpot.com/bb/showthread.php?p=700813#post700813I am thinking about buying these cigarette filters and maybe one of these cigarette water filter pipes to try. Has anyone ever tried one of these? www.LDUcompany.com has them on thier tobacciana page. There are two or three different types of cigarette filters and I am not sure if they...

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  • Cant Predict the next arab government to...

    The demonstrations and subsequent chaos, much worse in Libya than Egypt were not counted upon. Both were thought to be safe countries for tourists..I was very surprised to hear that there are demonstrations in Oman, another autocratic state in the region. When it comes to autocracy, you cannot beat Syria, so an eruption there is a probability and...

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  • THE SQUAT TOILET

    Also know as the long drop. At some point you are going to have to face up to this challenge. I suggest that you do 2 things. The first is practice. The second is plan in advance. There is a very good chance there is no toilet paper and water all over the floor already. The locals clean themselves with a small water hose or a cup from a bucket...

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  • BE CAREFUL TAKING PHOTOS OF WOMEN !

    The receptionist in my hotel In Yemen saw me taking photos of women walking by from well inside the lobby entrance. He said “They will kill you” in a mixture of resignation and friendly concern. I am not sure how accurate he may have been and I suggest you do not try and find out. Across the Middle East you will see women dressed in a veil. This is...

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  • Dehydration and heat exhuastion

    This is the only danger that comes to my mind. This is espically true for the elderly and the young ones. Drink plenty of fluids, wear light stuff with light colours. SStay away from the sun esp. during noon time.

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  • Oh Man the Weather : (

    One of the biggest concerns for travellers is the weather and when is the best time to go to the region? The ME as a whole can be warm year round but Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iran can get chilly and see snow from time to time. (I was in Jordan in January and it was bloody freezing). There are places you can go skiing in Iran and Lebanon from...

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  • Terrorism

    Terrorism after 9/11 has scared a massive percentage of travellers away from the region which is a double edged sword for most of the travellers actually backpacking the region. It is a shame that most of the travellers stay away in fear and miss out on what this wonderful region has to offer but it actually allows some of us to travel more freely...

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  • loud people

    Yes we talk loudly,and we express ourselves with hands(kinda like sign language)....to a non middle eastren it seems that there is a fight going on between two people talking,but really there isn`t.Don`t freak out ;-)

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  • Your are in the heart of...

    Your are in the heart of Islam, respect that. Avoid any legal entanglements like the plague. You don't want to have to deal with 'the law' although foreigners are not subject to the same laws as citizens (removal of appendages, heads, etc...). Do not provoke the attention of the Matawa (religious police). They run unchecked by the real law and will...

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  • Do-s and Don't-s in Arab Countries

    DO NOT:- show the sole of your feet to somebody else (e.g. when you sit on a chair, feet crossed)- don't try to shake hand with somebody from the other sex as long as he/she does not strech out his/her hand towards you- do accept that especially in traditional areas men and women have their own role in family/society and if you don't want to get...

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  • Some Girls' Are Bigger Than Others !

    You know the song by The Smiths ?It goes like this, "Some girls' are bigger than others...Some girls' mother's are bigger than other girls' mother's..."To the girls : In some Middle Eastern countries, please don't flash the size of your boobs ! They (the size of your boobs) are offensive to the local people.At least, carry a shawl to cover a bit...

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  • Visa Things...

    In my humble opinion, please secure your visas even before reaching any country in The Middle East ! Sure, guidebooks & even your friends (who have been there...) could say that visas are available at the borders or at the airports, but you will never know when the visa regulations would change.In addition to that, some people pay different prices...

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  • Disputed Areas/Regions...

    There are some areas around The Middle East are still 'under dispute'...They still like to wedge wars on one another just because they want that piece of land !Nevertheless, some of these areas or regions, can still be visited but with a permit issued by the police.Get to know where you are going & make sure that your passport is always near you if...

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  • Gallopping Camels Or Donkeys !

    If you want to ride the donkeys or the camels, make sure you don't put your money in your back pockets !These animals could gallop & most of the times, the owners would ask you to manouver their pets...which is great, if you want my opinion.At the same time, while we are busying manouvering their pets, the owners would slip their hand in our back...

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  • Taking Photos In Tombs...

    Again, in Egypt. If you want to take photos in the tombs, just be descrete about it.Make sure the guards are sleeping (they could be sleeping with their sixth sense is wide awake ! If you know what I mean...) if you want to snap even using non-flash cameras.If you are caught, they will ask you for baksheeh ! Not much if you ask me, about USD 2 !...

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  • Taxi Drivers !

    Whereas in some parts of The Middle East, taxi drivers can negotiate with us of the fares but in some parts, the taxi drivers are just evil !They could squeeze you dry ! Especially in Egypt ! The more we give them the more they wanted !Always, always negotiate the fares with them BEFORE you get in !

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  • Political & Religious Talks...

    Well, better avoid this !Being myself, I like to ask questions so I got what I wanted ! An argument with 2 bigots in Aleppo ! They know about Malaysia but they will never understand how 3 religions in Malaysia can live together in almost perfect harmony !

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  • The Weather...

    Yes, of course the weather ! Even for me coming from another hot climate country, the hot weather in The Middle East is just different !In tropical country like Malaysia, there's no wind so when you walk, you are sweating.In The Middle East, there's wind ! Cool wind...When you walk & you sweat, the wind will dry you out ! You will end up having dry...

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