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Saudi Arabia

A country to avoid

Saudi Arabia is a nation of contrasts, the landscape is mostly desert with coastlines on the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. For thousands of years the Saudis have been humble desert dwellers, but because trade routes crossed through their region, they were able to make modest profits through trade or criminality.

Prior to the arrival and spread of Islam in the seventh century, the Saudis followed Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). But as a people with nothing in a material sense, the Saudis made Islam their own and perhaps after years of suffering the contempt of their regional neighbours, Islam gave them the power to extract their revenge, not only on their neighbours but the

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Dubai

More than just an airport

The Independent

Dubai is just another tiny oil-rich kingdom on the Gulf of Arabia. While it remains an important regional airport, like its neighbours it is doing all it can to turn itself into an international tourist destination.

You’ll find all the usual camel safaris, scuba diving, nice beaches for Western tourists only and exquisite hospitality. But being a Muslim country there is no freedom for the people, especially the foreign workers who often suffer horribly as they do in other countries within the region.

However for the naive Western tourist, especially if she is remotely attractive, she will be a target for rape. The Arabs like pretty girls from Europe

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