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Old 03-21-2013, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I just recently took a trip and visited Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman.

Actually I found them to be very interesting on many levels. Particularly liked Dubai a lot, and Oman to a lesser extent, but equally positive. Qatar lacked the extremes of UAE (more energy, buzz, cosmpolitan) and Oman (more quaint, charming, relaxing, peaceful). I doubt I'd return to Qatar, but I'd readily return to Dubai and Oman again.

As I found them interesting, it's making me think of the very misrepresented Arabic world in a completely different light.

What parts of the Arabic world would you most be interested in visiting and why?

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:37 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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No. 1 would have to be Egypt simply for the pyramids, spinx.etc. Other than that i must say it seems a pretty boring, crowded, dirty place (no offense haha).

Saudi Arabia just because of how different it is. I mean the place still has public executions by sword! And women aren't even allowed out on their own or to drive or anything. I think that says enough about the country.

Third would probably be Morocco, seems like an interesting country and more accessible than the others.

Fourth probably either Syria or Jordan for their history.

The UAE would be interesting to check out.

Also wouldn't mind checking out Yemen simply for San'a, which is like a Medieval city out of Arabian nights or something.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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I couldn't say I have a favorite, but I've always wanted to visit Morocco and Egypt.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Dubai
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UAE, but I live here. Middle East gets bad rep, similar to that of Eastern Europe, and differences and diversity is astounding.It reminds me of generalizing the USA, when one thinks its all one/same homogenized country, one culture..I had little knowledge of the place before becoming expat here myself.I've been told by older expats, place has changed so much it is unrecognizable, Dubai particularly.

Been to Oman too, lovely country and lovely people.Beautiful beaches and mountains.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Most likely to visit in my life...

Tier 1:
Egypt
UAE
Qatar

Tier 2:
Lebanon
Tunisia
Morocco

Tier 3:
Oman
Bahrain
Jordan

Tier 4:
Libya
Algeria
Kuwait

Tier 5:
Mauritania
Syria
Iraq

Tier 6:
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Comoros

Tier 7:
Djibouti
Sudan
Somalia
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Macao
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UAE, but I live here. Middle East gets bad rep, similar to that of Eastern Europe, and differences and diversity is astounding.It reminds me of generalizing the USA, when one thinks its all one/same homogenized country, one culture..I had little knowledge of the place before becoming expat here myself.I've been told by older expats, place has changed so much it is unrecognizable, Dubai particularly.

Been to Oman too, lovely country and lovely people.Beautiful beaches and mountains.
I recently visited UAE and loved it. It opened my eyes to the diversity of the Arabic world. I previously thought of of it as one monolithic block.

Now, it's making me much curious about the rest of the Arabic world. I'd love to visit Lebanon.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Mount of Showing the Way
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Saudi Arabia
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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I'd like to visit Dubai & Abu Dhabi (probably just certain nice places within each country)
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