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Old 11-25-2016, 10:36 PM   #1
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where to spend 3 free days in the ME (Dubai, Jordan, Egypt, or Israel)?

I'll be in the Middle East for quite a while. I may get a couple (3-4) free days mid-January. The wife is still in Germany, but planning to fly out to join me for the 3-4 days only. Recommendations on where to travel for a short vacation if I can only choose one of these?

Dubai
Jordan
Egypt
Israel

Initially, I was leaning towards Dubai, but figure I shouldn't rule out the others just yet. We value interactive activities and historic locations over museums or shopping.

Don't want to spend over $2.5k. Figure her ticket ~500, my ticket ~250, hotel ~400, ~1k spending $

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What's your budget? Israel will have the most interesting sites and history, so as a tourist, it's probably the most interesting destination. Jordan has Petra but that's about it. Dubai is a shopping mall, if you find that interesting, then the other sites wouldn't really appeal. Egypt has a lot of history as well, but a lot of it is damaged, dangerous to go alone (without a guide), etc. Israel is as dangerous as visiting california. All conflict areas will be closed off to you anyway. Jordan is generally relatively safe for tourists as well, but not to the level of the western world. Having said that, it all depends on what you are looking to do. Budget will be tight. Cars in the middle east (not sure about Dubai) are expensive to rent because of high theft rates, insurance is a must. Factor around $500-$750 per week. Gas is what we pay here, but per liter, not per gallon. Hotels will be medium priced, it's the off season, the sea is a bit cold now (for Israelis/Jordanians/Egyptians...temp will be like the pacific in the summer 25-27C) so you'll get the lower rates.
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Dubai.

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What's your budget? Israel will have the most interesting sites and history, so as a tourist, it's probably the most interesting destination. Jordan has Petra but that's about it. Dubai is a shopping mall, if you find that interesting, then the other sites wouldn't really appeal. Egypt has a lot of history as well, but a lot of it is damaged, dangerous to go alone (without a guide), etc. Israel is as dangerous as visiting california. All conflict areas will be closed off to you anyway. Jordan is generally relatively safe for tourists as well, but not to the level of the western world. Having said that, it all depends on what you are looking to do. Budget will be tight. Cars in the middle east (not sure about Dubai) are expensive to rent because of high theft rates, insurance is a must. Factor around $500-$750 per week. Gas is what we pay here, but per liter, not per gallon. Hotels will be medium priced, it's the off season, the sea is a bit cold now (for Israelis/Jordanians/Egyptians...temp will be like the pacific in the summer 25-27C) so you'll get the lower rates.
budget is < $2.5k so minus plane tix and hotel, ~1 - 1.3k for local transportation, meals, and spending. We'll probably try to get a place with public transportation to the attractions (vs renting a vehicle).

If Dubai has nothing better to offer than lights and shopping, I think I'd rather see Israel.
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Egypt. Cairo, Aswan, Abu simbel. The bazaars - Khan el Khalili A gazillion old things to see.
I lived in Cairo for 2 years. There is a LOT to see that you won't find elsewhere.

My wife went to Petra, Jordan. She liked it, but she hadn't been to Egypt.
Dubai - why?

Israel - meh.
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Egypt. Cairo, Aswan, Abu simbel. The bazaars - Khan el Khalili A gazillion old things to see.
I lived in Cairo for 2 years. There is a LOT to see that you won't find elsewhere.

My wife went to Petra, Jordan. She liked it, but she hadn't been to Egypt.
Dubai - why?

Israel - meh.
nah but the jew said israel is THE place to go in ME.
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budget is < $2.5k so minus plane tix and hotel, ~1 - 1.3k for local transportation, meals, and spending. We'll probably try to get a place with public transportation to the attractions (vs renting a vehicle).



If Dubai has nothing better to offer than lights and shopping, I think I'd rather see Israel.

I thought there was a boycott against it?
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nah but the jew said israel is THE place to go in ME.
Someone doesn't know history huh? lol But hey, if he rather go to a third world dinkhole, by all means lol
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Who whom, the retard Hillary supporters lol?
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You could come to Sweden. It's just like the Middle East! Burning cars, gunfire and rape.
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Jordan has Petra but that's about it.
I heard the Jordan side of the Dead Sea is better than the Israeli side. Never been to the Israeli side but I liked the Jordan side when I went a few months ago. Petra is a day and the Dead Sea is probably 2 days/1 night max.

If you can swing it, I'd spend 2 in Jordan and 2 in Dubai.
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I heard the Jordan side of the Dead Sea is better than the Israeli side. Never been to the Israeli side but I liked the Jordan side when I went a few months ago. Petra is a day and the Dead Sea is probably 2 days/1 night max.

If you can swing it, I'd spend 2 in Jordan and 2 in Dubai.
Agreed. Been to both
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Israel or Jordan are your best choices IMO.

Jordan: leave Amman, spend a day near the dead sea and go to Petra for a couple days and if you have time Aqaba. Go for a resort in Aqaba. Petra is amazing. Dead sea on Jordan side is better and there is a sweet hotel.

Israel: Tel Aviv for a couple nights of partying, get some culture in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. If you still have time go to Northern Israel and find a bed and breakfast for you and the wife. It's green and beautiful up there.

These are just some of my basic recommendations from living in Israel for a year and a half.

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Israel simply has more to do. The dead sea is a 1 day adventure...go in the morning, hike up to the masada


then go soak and float in the dead sea, and go elsewhere at night. Both the Israeli and the Jordanian sides are pretty sh!t in terms of hotel quality...but I wouldn't advise staying there anyway. If you do want to stay the night, hike the the canyons the next morning, amazing wildlife (rare ibex aplenty),



take a trip to Eilat (red sea) its amazing....snorkel/scuba (some of the best in the world). Lots of ultra high end vegas style hotels there




drive down there so you can go through Ramon canyon (Israel's grand canyon)...


Tel aviv if you want a big city vibe, or the countless different historical sites of any religion you deem interesting.

Stop by the sea of Galilee/Tiberias. Bethlehem is a conflict territory now, so going there you will be leaving the protection of Israel (and you'll know about it).


You can catch some R&R in the negev desert, nice place to recharge....


Petra is cool and you can make a day trip out of it from the dead sea...you can enter Jordan from Israel. Sinai was as good as Eilat but for even less money, but then they decided to get all violent and sh!t and it isn't really a safe place for tourists.

My personal recommendation, I'd do Israel and add Petra to the list...you only need a day for that.
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Edit, damn, just noticed you have only 3 days....not a lot of time for any of them really....I guess pick one thing that you really want to see and do it.
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Israel simply has more to do. The dead sea is a 1 day adventure...go in the morning, hike up to the masada


then go soak and float in the dead sea, and go elsewhere at night. Both the Israeli and the Jordanian sides are pretty sh!t in terms of hotel quality...but I wouldn't advise staying there anyway. If you do want to stay the night, hike the the canyons the next morning, amazing wildlife (rare ibex aplenty),



take a trip to Eilat (red sea) its amazing....snorkel/scuba (some of the best in the world). Lots of ultra high end vegas style hotels there




drive down there so you can go through Ramon canyon (Israel's grand canyon)...


Tel aviv if you want a big city vibe, or the countless different historical sites of any religion you deem interesting.

Stop by the sea of Galilee/Tiberias. Bethlehem is a conflict territory now, so going there you will be leaving the protection of Israel (and you'll know about it).


You can catch some R&R in the negev desert, nice place to recharge....


Petra is cool and you can make a day trip out of it from the dead sea...you can enter Jordan from Israel. Sinai was as good as Eilat but for even less money, but then they decided to get all violent and sh!t and it isn't really a safe place for tourists.

My personal recommendation, I'd do Israel and add Petra to the list...you only need a day for that.
If you only have three days and a grand, do as much of the above as you can this time. Save the others for subsequent trips, they all have something going for them as above posters have suggested, but my advice would have been right along the lines above. Have fun!
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