Hey folks, To celebrate the third anniversary of the blog that changed my life, I decided to bring it back to life (sort of).First off, I’m sorry I haven’t been very active. Here’s why: My road trip has been long done. I stopped traveling in the Middle East and living in Lebanon two years ago. I’m now based in Morocco – which I love but it’s not the Middle East – and am working so much that I’m barely traveling. I mentioned being overworked… I spent the last y
A few weeks ago, I ask you if you had questions about this trip or the Middle East. Here are your answers. Eliot from eliotpeper.com: “What were the biggest differences (good and bad) between the Gulf countries and the Eastern Mediterranean countries (e.g. Lebanon vs. UAE)?” The Gulf countries are more conservative than the Levant ones, I would guess it comes from the fact that the Mediterranean countries have had more diverse culture – they have been doing business with other cultur
Yes, I don’t deny it, all the things they say are true: Dubai and Doha ARE (super duper) expensive. The two cities don’t fall short on breath-taking hotels, high-end restaurants, out of this world parties, and crazy activities – think indoor ski and extreme sports in the desert, mountain or sea. But, if you’re on a budget, your life can be a bit tough. Where to sleep (and how to move around) Fancying a 5 (or even a 7) star hotel overtaking the city or a private beach kind of hotel? You’ll find w
I’ve talked a lot about the many faces of this surprising region that is the Middle East, and still, I’m sure you have lots of questions about this region and my travel. So go ahead, shoot me. Ask me anything in the comment sections below, via Facebook or Twitter (@yallah_bye), and I’ll reply next week in a new post. – If you want to know more, here’s a list of articles I found interesting on culture, tourism or startups in the Middle East. Ok, see you next week!
Many see Doha as a provincial town. Clearly, the city is seems sleepy and conservative compared to its Dubai, and yet, Doha is, to me, much more interesting and friendly than the over-the-top Dubai. Those last years, cultural projects have been popping out. The Islamic Arts Museum is not only an interesting museum to discover Islamic arts, but also a nice walk by the sea with a breath-taking view on the downtown’s skyline and the amazing museum’s building, build by Ieoh Ming Pei and Jean-Michel
Doha is a small cities that dreams big. It’s no secret, sky-scrappers and crazy multi-billion projects are popping up franatically. And Qataris tends to only work with the most expensive international architects. As a result, the city is magnificent. Sadly the quality of the construction is not up to its design (one example among many is the Villagio mall, which took fire because of some bad electric finishings). A dozens of minutes away (driving of course), a private initiative is redefining th