Travel to The Middle East to backpack, study, intern, volunteer, work or live as a digital nomad, expat or emigrant?

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Intro: life and experiences in The Middle East

Backpacking in the Middle East

  • The Middle East is not an easy region for backpackers, but there are many places you must have been even as a backpacker.
  • Features: historic cities, superdeluxe city-states, limited public transportation, endless distances, colorful souks and relatively many unsafe regions.

Travel in the Middle East

  • A trip through the Middle East is one in which you often learn to look at yourself and the world differently through ancient religious disputes, sparsely populated areas and cultural differences.
  • City spotting: Cairo, Dubai, Isfahan, Istanbul, Jeddah, Jerusalem, Petra.
  • Nature spotting: the Nile Delta, the underwater world of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, the deserts in Jordan and Oman.

Study in the Middle East

  • Language study: an Arabic language course is a good option in Egypt and Jordan, among others.
  • Study cities: Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), Beirut (Lebanon), Doha (Qatar), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

Internships in the Middle East

  • Internships: internships are good only in some countries and cities.
  • Internship cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Istanbul.

Volunteering in the Middle East

  • Volunteer projects: especially in education (teaching English), in refugee camps and in nature conservation.

Working in the Middle East

  • Jobs: temporary work can be found mainly in the sectors: hospitality, education and tourism.
  • Characteristics: the work culture can vary considerably by country and location.

Working as a digital nomad in the Middle East

  • Favorite locations: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Amman (Jordan), Beirut (Lebanon), Dahab (Egypt), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Istanbul (Turkey), Manama (Bahrain), Muscat (Oman), Tel Aviv (Israel).

Living in the Middle East

  • Characteristics: the high temperature in summer, the “air-conditioned society,” the influence of Islam, negotiating prices, the lack or sometimes abundance of alcohol, relatively high salaries.
  • Expats: a significant portion of the population in the Middle East is made up of expats. In almost every city there is a community that is sometimes more, but often less, integrated into society.
  • Health care: in almost all countries it is wise to arrange your own (international) health insurance.
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  • Make use of the media and guidebooks when researching possible destinations.
  • Get an i...

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