Tuesday, September 9, 2014

8 Important Traveling Tips When Traveling to Middle East

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Traveling to the Middle East can be a rich and rewarding experience. But it is better to keep a few tips in mind in order to be safe and have a nice time when you are there. Eight of these tips have been given below.

1. Do not get intoxicated

- The Middle East is mainly a Muslim bastion. And alcohol consumption is banned in Muslim religion. This is why there are very few places offering liquor in this area. Mainly these bars are located in star hotels or similar other places. Basically these are located in places that cater to Westerners.
- It is advisable to drink with someone who is well known to you or to drink in your own hotel. The aim is not to be seen drunk in a public area as that would make you vulnerable. Always be sober when you are in a public area as else you would be drawing attention to yourself.

2. Dress appropriately

- People in the Middle East dress conservatively. You must also do so, especially women. This way you will not be hurting their religious and cultural sentiments.
- Dressing in a stark contrasting style will attract attention and you will become vulnerable. This can be avoided by dressing appropriately.

3. Avoid drugs

- Do not carry drugs with you or consume these when you are in Middle East
- Possession of drugs in the Middle East can invite death penalty. Hence you need to avoid this at all times.

4. Drinking water

- Avoid drinking tap water as that may be saline and also not very clean.
- Always carry mineral water with you as it has a dry and humid climate. This would make you thirstier. Keep yourself hydrated by consuming ample mineral water.
- The food here mainly includes kebabs, flat breads and so on. All this is oily stuff that can make your throat dry and parched. You must consume water in order to tackle this condition.

5. Avoid risky areas

- Keep a track of all the hazardous areas and avoid them.
- Check out the internet and newspapers in order to know all about the risky areas at that moment avoid these areas in order to be safe at all times.

6. Visit at the right time

- You must choose the right time for your visit.
- Do not visit the place during Ramadan. This is because at this time you would find most of the commercial establishments shut down. Also, getting any means of transport also becomes difficult.

7. Get proper visas

- You need visas in order to travel to many countries in the Middle East.
- Many countries will not allow entry to those travelers who have a visa for Israel.
- There are many countries that do not allow foreign tourists. These countries include Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

8. Money

- Declare all the money that you are carrying with you when you arrive in Middle East. - Many countries do not allow the carrying and use of Israeli currency.

Keep all these tips in mind when you are applying for a Bahrain visa and make the most of your trip here.

Contributed by Betty Elizebeth

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