Middle East

Just How Bad Can a Bad Hostel Get, And How to Avoid Them

Messy Hostel Room (Bad Hostel)

Hostels in Malaysia tend to be very cheap, so I don’t arrive at them with any high hopes of quality. However the hostel I stayed at in my trip to Penang gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “bad hostel.” A Penang Nightmare Contrary to my modus operandi, I chose to book my hostel in advance for my four-day trip …

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is So Much More than Grand!

I had one primary thought when I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They need a better word than “grand”! Magnificent? Stupendous? Getting to the Grand Mosque isn’t the easiest. The bus system in Abu Dhabi isn’t integrated into Google Maps yet, and both the bus and mosque websites are confusing and unhelpful. I got lucky …

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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is Too Damn Big, and the Burj Al Arab is Too Expensive

Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Dubai literally blew my mind. For the first time, I can honestly say I had culture shock in a new location. Sure, I had some preconceived ideas what I would find in the city with the tallest building in the world. What I did find exceeded those expectations. I arrived in Dubai on Friday morning in a rented car for a …

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Some of the Observations I Made About the UAE

Abu Dhabi from Beach

I always thought Dubai was the capital city of the UAE, a small country to the north of Saudi Arabia known for its export of oil. Actually, the capital is Abu Dhabi where I spent most of my time while I was in the country. I was invited to Abu Dhabi by Louise, a fellow traveler I’ve met up with …

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How I Partook in the Arabian Culture at a Desert Safari

For the past week I’ve been visiting the UAE, my 40th country. My first several days were spent in the capital of Abu Dhabi. This past weekend was a public holiday, and my friend Louise and I spent it on a trip to Dubai with tons of adventures, including a desert safari. Every culture and city has its tourist attractions. …

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