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Old 09-02-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Like most places, if you respect the culture you will be better treated, I don't know that much about Arabic culture but do know that it's Ramadan right now, so even if you are not Islamic, you might want to think about not eating during the day, don't touch your food or essentially anything with your left hand, don't show the sole of your shoe to anyone, particularly anyone you are sitting with.

At least learn "Hello Goodbye Please Thank You" in Arabic. The "In 10 Minutes a Day" series of language books is excellent for a beginner, it's certainly a good start for Russian, I know that.

You don't need to turn yourself into a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia to be accepted, but a couple of steps in that direction won't hurt.

Offhand Turkey or Morocco might be good places for a first visit.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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I have being to Eqypt Morocco and Turkey (including the far east of the country where the islamic culture is much more dominant than it is on the mediteranian coast), all are very safe ! They can be very expensvie if you want to live in luxury, but other wise all are relativly cheap in comparison with europe, Australia etc.

Getting used to the culture of bargining and people constantly trying to rip you off was the most bothering part of my trip, during my time I have
-Being left outside the great pyrimid and told to get back to cairo myslef after our camel tour guide claimed I did not pay for the tour, and demaded payment again.
- Being "accidently" taken by a taxi driver the wrong international airport in Cairo, (we ended up paying him in the "valuable" zimbabwian dollars we had on hand )
- Being charged five euro for "assistance" i did not need when completing a landing card in tangier.

I could give loads of other examples.

Ask someone for any sort of assistance for anything and they will usually try to charge you an outrageous fee for it. Getting rid of the multitude of sellers who dont take no for an answer also takes lots of patience.

Keep in mind however it effects the locals almost as much as it does the tourists, and it really adds to the culture of your holiday.
Most importantly you should never insult their religion, and if you go somewhere like saudi araiba be aware that the laws of the country are very strict! Do your research before jumping on the plane.

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Old 09-02-2009, 11:55 PM
 
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Hello
I live in Saudi Arabia and rest to live here
It's very awe -
Population professing Islam Maha Iddaohm to do all that is good
Country honest .. Safe .. Like the good of all
Living here for many Ichaelv
There are beautiful parks and scenic attractions
Welcome all residents and foreigners come here
We are here like all the Arab peoples, as well as we love the American people and the British and all peoples
Does not have here the so-called criminal acts
Everyone here is peaceful and everyone love each other

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ahmed . ksa

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Old 09-03-2009, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Hi KSA. Just wondering where the bridge is in Suadi Arabia? It looks like an exact replicar of the Sydney Horbour Bridge!
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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well ppl,

I am Saudi,

to tell you the truth, saudi is a huge country with different cultures.
East is different from the West from the Center.

Major Cities
East : Dhahran, Khobar, Dammam, Qatif and Jubail Industrial City.
Weast : Jeddah, Madinah, Mekka and Rabig Industrial
Center : Rhyadh

For me I am from the East side, I went to Rhyadh once and will never go there.ppl there have no freedom and you have lots of closed minded ppl. I dont recommend it at all . BUT for Job, yea go for it but you will get bored later on. AND most of no SEA.

East : Yea man this is life, you can get a job, go to beach or do some activities and yes there is SEA. and close to Kingdom of Bahrain for those who drink.

Weast : Yes of course it does worth living there similar to the East but will more and more freedom.

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Originally Posted by danielsa1775 View Post
I have being to Eqypt Morocco and Turkey (including the far east of the country where the islamic culture is much more dominant than it is on the mediteranian coast), all are very safe ! They can be very expensvie if you want to live in luxury, but other wise all are relativly cheap in comparison with europe, Australia etc.

Getting used to the culture of bargining and people constantly trying to rip you off was the most bothering part of my trip, during my time I have
-Being left outside the great pyrimid and told to get back to cairo myslef after our camel tour guide claimed I did not pay for the tour, and demaded payment again.
- Being "accidently" taken by a taxi driver the wrong international airport in Cairo, (we ended up paying him in the "valuable" zimbabwian dollars we had on hand )
- Being charged five euro for "assistance" i did not need when completing a landing card in tangier.

I could give loads of other examples.

Ask someone for any sort of assistance for anything and they will usually try to charge you an outrageous fee for it. Getting rid of the multitude of sellers who dont take no for an answer also takes lots of patience.

Keep in mind however it effects the locals almost as much as it does the tourists, and it really adds to the culture of your holiday.
Most importantly you should never insult their religion, and if you go somewhere like saudi araiba be aware that the laws of the country are very strict! Do your research before jumping on the plane.

Man, as an Arab,

you will find this alot in Egypt and Syria. for my I put a HUGE X on Syria for that thing. they always think that you gained your money from air or Oil, they don't know that you work your ass 6-7 days a week and 10-12h/ day to get that money for a small vacation


brb

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Old 11-13-2015, 09:23 AM
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I know this is an old thread, but I'm curious if anyone has any guidance on appropriate dress for a preteen boy visiting Marrakech. My son is traveling there in the next week and the forecast is typically warm days/cool nights, but I've read that shorts are generally frowned upon for women and men. Does this apply to boys? He is 12.
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:51 AM
 
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If you visit some rural areas it's better to avoid shorts, short skirts and showing too much skin this concerns women in particular.
Even if people won't say anything to you they can be a little bit embarassed.
No problem for teens even for girls in rural areas.

In cities like Marrackech you can dress like you want.
You can take a look at some blogs and vlogs to see how people are dressed.

Morocco Travel Blog: Up Close & In Deep | The Slow Road
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:39 AM
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Thank you for your post. I'm sending him with lightweight and convertible pants that convert to shorts in case he so chooses. I've heard that Marrakech is very relaxed but we want him to dress with respect for the local culture.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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What To Wear in Morocco: A Guide for Westerners
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:55 AM
 
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I just came back from Turkey and Jordan. In Jordan (even in Turkey) the situation is no longer stable to say the least. Best to avoid unless you have family or are a serial adventurer like me.
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