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View Poll Results: Places in the Middle East you'd like to visit?
Bahrain 4 9.52%
Egypt 25 59.52%
Iran 14 33.33%
Iraq 3 7.14%
Israel/Palestine 22 52.38%
Jordan 11 26.19%
Kuwait 6 14.29%
Lebanon 14 33.33%
Oman 5 11.90%
Qatar 8 19.05%
Saudi Arabia 6 14.29%
Syria 7 16.67%
United Arab Emirates 20 47.62%
Yemen 5 11.90%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Places in the Middle East you'd like to visit?

I'm using the traditional Middle East...so forgive me if you think a few other countries should belong on here.

Nonetheless, which ones would you like to visit?

Or, if you have visited them, what did you think of them?
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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I would visit Turkey over all of them, but since you didn't include it:

The only ones I have a burning desire to see in my lifetime are Egypt and Israel/Palestine. If I have time I will see Jordan/Syria and if it's safe, Iran. If there are any ancient ruins left in Iraq I would see them, obviously long after the war is over and the dust has settled. Perhaps also Yemen and Dubai to see the Burj. Saudi Arabia seems interesting just to see how different the strict Muslim culture is - but I a little wary of going to a country where homosexuals are executed in public with swords, ala Medieval style.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Jordan - Petra would be in my top list. Jordan had so many ancient ruins aside from Petra tho. And I would love to visit them all.

Egypt - Pyramids and sphinx are classics. Aside from those, Luxor interests me too. Also I would love to visit the oasis in Egypt.

Saudi Arabia - Just to see the mothership. And Jeddah looks really flashy.

Israel - For historical, cultural and night life purposes. Just a break from histories, Tel Aviv sounds like a nice chill city.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Kuwait and Qatar for sure. I have a friend who lives in Kuwait and it's pretty liberal when compared to virtually everywhere in the Middle East.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Lebanon seems like a cool place to me.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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Saudi Arabia - Just to see the mothership. And Jeddah looks really flashy.
Think of some sprawling american city gone muslim and you get jeddah.....
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:41 AM
 
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It's a pity Mecca is out of bounds for non-Muslims, but I totally understand why. They probably don't want tourists gawking at it as some sort of 'cultural experience', especially during the Hajj. If I were the Saudi royal family I would just designate a 'no go zone' or just put in place the restriction during the pilgrimage. But I guess it's their kingdom (literally), their rules. I wouldn't be surprised if some tourists would go there just to see the spectacle of poor folk being beheaded in the town square.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:14 AM
 
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I visited Jordan, Israel, and Egypt. The historical sites in all three were absolutely mesmerizing and beautiful. The Pyramids and Petra are among the most mind-blowing creations I have ever seen.

Iran is among the top countries I'd like to visit. Persian history is amazing, and it seems like such a beautiful and culturally rich country. Persian people are also incredibly good looking.

Lebanon seems like an interesting place. Lebanese cuisine is amazing, and the culture is very intriguing. Beirut seems like a very cool city as well. I know some parts are still dangerous right now, so I m not so sure about visiting anytime soon.

I've always been intrigued by Syria, the history is amazing. I definitely don't plan on visiting anytime soon with all of the violence and protests going on. Maybe some day though.

I really want to visit Saudi Arabia, mainly out of curiosity. I wish I could see Mecca, that would be amazing but it's not open to non-Muslims. It just seems like it would be an interesting place to observe.

I know people who have been to the UAE and the general consensus seems to that it is cool to look at but lacks culture. Still, I'd like to go to Dubai and Abu Dhabi just to see them. The next time I go to India to visit relatives, I think I'll book a flight that has a layover in the UAE and spend a couple days there.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Yemen...I don't really have any specific desire to visit these places, but I'd be open to visiting them if I was already nearby and came across a cheap flight. I certainly don't want to visit Iraq anytime soon. Maybe someday in the future after the war is over if any places are still intact.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:28 AM
 
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Actually Sana'a, Yemen looks interesting to me.







http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sana'a

Sana'a is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world (there's a legend that it was founded by Shem, son of Noah). It also contains buildings more than 1,400 years old, more than many historic cities.

In fact reading about it makes me want to go. Yemen was never even on my radar before but now it seems fascinating.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:48 AM
 
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I have been to Israel, Jordan and the Sinai desert (when it was under Israeli control). I would like to visit the historical sites in Egypt as well as Petra in Jordan (which I didn't get to see in my last visit there). It might also be interesting to visit Dubai in order to see its tall buildings and other modern conveniences in the middle of a desert region.
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