Tagged With "Saudi Arabia"

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World's largest hotel to open in 2017

DrFumblefinger ·
  Do you love large resorts, with thousands of rooms and lots of amenities?   We've got good and bad news for you.   The good news is that a 10,000 room luxurious hotel complex is scheduled to open in 2017.  The bad news is...
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Shaza Hotels: Experience Middle-Eastern Luxury, Comfort & Class

Guest ·
Sponsored content about a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines to launch budget airline.

Travel Rob ·
Saudi Arabian Airlines to launch budget airline.
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A Visit to Saudi Arabia: Part II

Lestertheinvestor ·
  By now, you should have had plenty of time to go through the application process and get your visa to visit Saudi Arabia. You are now ready to see the sites.  But--wait a moment: You aren't allowed to see the sites. Of course, you can see...
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PHeymont ·
I know it sounds like sour grapes, but anyway: after experiencing big-hotel check-in at Las Vegas, I don't want to go to this one anyway.
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PortMoresby ·
Last night I had what seemed like a very long dream, hanging out with Joan Rivers. Not that it wasn't fun, but I'm as likely to think about staying in a hotel of this size anywhere as it is likely for that dream to come true.
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World's tallest building proposed for Tokyo

PHeymont ·
Tokyo is dreaming of a mile-high tower with apartments for 55,000 people, to be built on a series of islands that are part of a flood-control system.
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Re: A Visit to Saudi Arabia: Part II

Roderick Simpson ·
Very interesting two posts. They bring back memories of visits to Dharan and the Eastern Province in the 1990s.
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Re: A Visit to Saudi Arabia: Part II

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent post, Lester, thanks! Two questions: 1) Is that black form in the photos your lovely wife? If so, I have to let the audience know this form of dress should be banned or, minimally, optional. 2) How many hotel staff did it take to drag you from that Presidential suite?
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Re: A Visit to Saudi Arabia: Part II

kerouac2 ·
Very interesting to see this report since I worked for a Saudi company from 1978 to 2013 but I think I made my list trip there around 2005 or so -- things have changed quite a bit! Here's an example of how downtown Jeddah looked in 1979.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow! Thanks for this fascinating contribution, Lestertheinvestor. I was exhausted just from reading the directions for applying for the visa. It is quite obvious that Saudi Arabia doesn't want infidels visiting them. A few questions you might know the answer to: 1) Is the process stream-lined for a Muslim wanting to go to Mecca, and what kind of proof do they need to have that they're a Muslim? 2) Do you have any rough idea how many hours you spent on this process? Ball-park guess would do.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
Originally Posted by Travel Luver: What a bureaucratic nightmare! I wonder if there are countries that make it harder to visit than this one? My wife and I have visited 119 countries, with China, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia the most challenging to enter.
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A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
It is nearly impossible to visit Saudi Arabia. If you have a business there, you can travel on a business visa. If you are going to visit Mecca on a hajj (pilgrimage), you can get a visa. Otherwise, you have to be an invited guest of the government....
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Lawrence and the Pirates

PortMoresby ·
    Hopping a freighter isn’t what it used to be.  Which is to say it takes a great deal more planning and bother than the adventure of my imagination.  Maybe I could find a tramp freighter if hanging around in a...
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

DrFumblefinger ·
CNN highlighted Lawrence of Arabia as one of the most influential travel films of all time. Anyone who's seen it will know why. Here's a link to their brief tribute to Mr. O'Toole.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

Theodore Behr ·
That's an amazing story! I love that scene from Lawrence Of Arabia and can see why it'd make you wanna go.
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Re: World's tallest building proposed for Tokyo

GarryRF ·
The tallest building in the world AND the Pacific rim fault line don't go together. Not a combination to grab my attention.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
1) The process is easier for a Muslim who is going on a hajj. However, unless you are native born, you must present a document from the Imam of your mosque documenting your status as a Muslim in good standing. For a Caucasian woman who is a converted Muslim, you must still get permission from your husband or a male relative, along with the letter from the mosque to allow you to make the hajj. 2) Between my wife and I (she actually presented our documents each time to the consulate in Los...
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Travel Luver ·
What a bureaucratic nightmare! I wonder if there are countries that make it harder to visit than this one?
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

HistoryDigger ·
My husband and I were invited to live there for two years while he did a medical fellowship in genetics. The challenge for me was that I am a very independent traveler, and I could not imagine how I would deal with the restrictions on women. In the end, those restrictions influenced our decision to go to Germany for two years instead. However, after having seen your photos, I am curious to see more. I regret that I do not know this part of the world.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

PortMoresby ·
A sad addendum, "our" Lawrence, Peter O'Toole, has died in London at the age of 81. One of my very favorites for all time, the movie and the actor. RIP "Orence".
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

PHeymont ·
Thanks for letting me as close as I'll probably get to the tramp steamer fantasy so many of us grew up with--and which is now, apparently, more civilized than in the fantasies...but still with an edge of danger.
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Travel Rob ·
Great piece and great photos!That way of travel appeals to me a lot more than a luxury cruise ship. Thanks for taking us along the adventure.
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Re: Lawrence and the Pirates

JohnT ·
Thats a fantastic perspective and life experience. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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