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Aug 31st 2009 2:24PM Greetings.
Re this article.
Disagree strongly about the unatractiveness of the Nabatean city of impressive structures at Petra, Jordan. One needs at least two days to explore the many sites inside that long valley. To do that, one can stay at the inexpensive guest-house (food is so-so basic tourist fare) located very near to the path (navigable only by foot or riding muleback) which leads down to the entrance of Petra.
While in Jordan, the Roman ruins at Jerash and the mosaics inside the Christian ruins at al-Madaba are also must-visits and easily accessible by rental car or bus tours arranged by the major hotels or travel agencies.
Jordan is much less "tourist-ized" -- especially in terms of a tourist's encountering fewer hassles or hustles -- than is Egypt or Jordan's other neighbor states.
Anotrher emerging and enjoyable spot for tourism is the United Arab Emirates. For glitz, hype and hustle, visit the coastal cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi (also Sharjah, to a lesser extent and offers excellent shopping); to experience and enjoy the emirates' pre-oil culture and society, visit the other emirates of al-Fujeirah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, and Um al-Qaiwain. Travel and accommodations are easy thougyhout all the emirates (some places offer more amenities and feature than do others a few KM down the road).
The Emiratis are among the most-gracious people to be found in the region and very accustomed to foreign guests. Some things are there to criticize, but many more are there to accept and appreciate on their own, as they are.
Hope this helps.
Stephen H. Frahnke
San Pedro, California
Dec 18th 2008 9:10PM Tel Aviv is one of the most-expensive cities to visit... a tourist now needs to bring at least two suitcases: one with clothes and other personal necessities and the second suitcase filled with cash.
While Tel Aviv is a wonderful and very modern city, visiting and sight-seeing (Jerusalem offers much more) the city is not cheap and comparable to visiting Washington, DC.
This bubbly item is total hyped-up bullshit.