Middle East: Checklist
- Money - Credit cards and travellers’ cheques are fairly widely used in the Middle East and they are one of the safest ways to carry your money. Take a look at your options for spending money abroad.
- Visa - You can either get a visa at the airport or border, or to avoid hassle, you can apply for a country specific visa before travelling. Every country differs in visa requirements, so check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for country specific visa information.
- Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. During Ramadan, it is considered disrespectful to eat, drink, smoke or even chew gum in public places during daylight hours. Though, in certain cafes and hotels it is acceptable, so check with your travel provider beforehand.
- Cultural respect - Many countries in the Middle East have strong cultural and religious traditions so make sure you do your research before visiting them as causing offence, however accidental it may be, can have serious consequences.
Middle East: Did you know?
- A total of 20 countries make up the Middle East. These include Egypt
, Iran, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (which itself is a federation of seven states).
- Over 80% of the Middle East is covered by deserts.
- Sights in the Middle East include the Pyramids of Egypt, the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) in Dubai , the Souq Waqif in Doha and the Dana Nature Reserve in Jordan.
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