Visiting the Middle East, Northern Africa? Tips, does and don'ts, economy, places to visit?

I have for a very long time always been interested in visiting the Middle East and/or Northern Africa. I love certain things about the culture (not all), the architecture that characterizes arab countries, art, designs, landscape of those areas. I exclude completely from my list visiting countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran because of the obvious dangers and warfare involved. However, I really want to go to places like Israel, Saudi Arabia and Dubai which are in the top of my list. Saudi Arabia seems very interesting -however- I don't get my hopes up because I know getting a visa is almost impossible. Dubai just seems like paradise, however I am a University student with a very low paying side part time job, and because it is such a rich country I'm sure I would need to go with LOADS of cash to survive even a week. Israel seems more viable, I would LOVE to go to the Biblical sites and other places. Countries like Tunisia, Libya and Egypt also grab my attention but not as much. What would be some tips regarding visiting the Middle East? What I mean by tips is what are cultural differences of things I CANNOT DO over there that might be regarded as normal in Western Countries? Or if public transportation is safe? Of what sites are good to visit? The dangers of the countries? Priceings on hotels. Etc. Because I live in Latin America, salaries aren't really good. So since I'm a university student I am working a side part time job which doesn't make me much cash. I could although save up $1,500 in one year if I REALLY try and have as a goal planning a trip. Realistically speaking, how many days can $1500 hold me for? If I try to use affordable transportation, affordable hotels, tourist sites, etc. I realize that is not a lot of money but please just understand my situation. Honestly, I think even if I could go for 3 days I'd be so amazed. Btw, the $1500 DOESN'T include the ticket, the ticket I don't have to worry about since my father is an airline pilot and gets discounts and he would pay for it. THANKS Thank you all for your great answers! As for nationalities for the visas. Because of my diverse ethnic background I have 3 nationalities/passports. Costa Rica, USA, Switzerland, I'm thinking Costa Rica would be the best one as it is a neutral country with no millitary and I'm guessing that is a possitive thing in the middle east.

Asked By: sebastian - 12/21/2010
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Answered By: BearlyVisible - 12/22/2010
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Come to Lebanon, many things to see and Beirut has an extraordinary nightlife!! Syria is also great and Damascus is the oldest city in the world..Been there and loved it.. Just stay away from the Gulf..
Answered By: ♥ Angel Boy ♥ - 12/21/2010
1500 USD in Egypt let you stay 14 Nights / 15 Days may be more depends on your Date of Travel check this link for more information about what you should do before Travel to Egypt... More
Answered By: Pharaoh Egypt - 12/22/2010
Syria is a spectacular country and people are so kind.
Answered By: Victor M - 12/22/2010
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