Discussion in 'Travel' started by Saigon, Jun 7, 2013.
Oman is supposed to be much better than the UAE because it retains much more of its traditional culture. Many people who live in the Gulf want to or have traveled to Oman because it is so interesting, comparatively. I lived in the UAE for 2 years and have spent some time in Bahrain, which is quiet and peaceful, contrary to what most might think. Both countries have huge populations of ex-pat workers, mostly from Asia: Pakistan, India, and the Philippines. A smaller percentage from the West. Bahrain has a large American naval base. Both countries have lost about 50% of their traditional culture. English is spoken widely by just about everyone. For the most part both countries consist of highways and apartment buildings; the UAE has many hotels catering to Western tourists, including some very nice beach resorts, and a quite large wildlife sanctuary. Large, lavish shopping centers figure in abundance, quite over shadowing the traditional souks. For a vacation--sun, beaches, European, Asian & Western restaurants, shopping, night clubs, etc., Dubai is a good place to go, but you will have to make a special effort to find traditional culture and history. Both the UAE and Bahrain have an abundance of American fast food franchises: MacD's, Burger King, KFC, Dairy Queen, both major doughnut chains, Pizza Hut, etc. You can get pretty much anything you want in both countries as far as American food.
the pros and cons of travel in various countries and/or states
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I hear the Shawarma in Londonistan is superb this time of year.
Well if I ever went to a Middle Eastern country again I'd go with the local food if I could, Middle Eastern food is usually very good.
Humus is like sooooo much better than Hamas.
Lemme tell ya.
Turkey is really beautiful.
I lived there for two years also. Turkey has many beautiful places, many.
In comparing Middle Eastern food to Turkish food, there is no comparison: Turkey has one of the best cuisines in the world, up there with Italian, French and Chinese. And it is a far more interesting and beautiful place than the Middle Eastern countries.
Turkey is not by any stretch of the imagination an Arabic country. Only 1.3 percent of the population speaks Arabic, and those are people who live on the border of Arabic nations. Turkey is Turkey: unique.
Egypt is amazing, a dream come true. This is still my favorite destination.
I'll follow your advice, Turkey must be amazing too...
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