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Dubai, UAE Wheelchair Travel Review

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Recently I was invited to travel to Dubai for a competition call “UAE Robotics for Good.” My team ended up winning the international award and grand prize! Dubai is a place if you don’t have money, you can’t really do anything. If you’re looking to see very large buildings, then yes go to Dubai. It’s like Las Vegas: Big, Flashy, Money. Getting around Dubai: Wheeling and Transportation While I was there, I had some time to go around and check out the accessibility of Dubai. From first glance it is very flat, so you will not have to deal with any...

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Dubai, UAE Media One Hotel Access Review

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I recently went to Dubai on a business trip and stayed at Media One Hotel located in Media City. I would only recommend staying at this hotel to someone who likes to party and stay up late. If you want a relaxing nights rest, I would not recommend to stay at Media One. This Hotel has a hand full of restaurants and a dance Club on the 9th floor. We ate at almost all the restaurants and the food was ok. But I am snobby when it comes to food, growing up in S.F. Bay Area where food is some of...

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Access in Israel: Getting to and around the Coastal City of Tel Aviv

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Despite what people see on the news or the political stance they take on the current situation in Israel, millions of people are visiting Tel Aviv every year. This international city provides its visitors with a chance to learn about the history and culture of this region while getting a taste of its rich nightlife and beautiful beaches. Airport Though the Israel Airport Authority is responsible for providing the infrastructure so services can be provided to disables passengers, it is the airlines responsibility to assist their passengers and their baggage from the moment they land at Ben Gurion Airport....

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The Resort Destination of Antalya, Turkey

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On my ten-day trip to Turkey, I wanted one Mediterranean seaside resort town experience. Antalya on the southern coast, aka the “Turkish Riviera.” My initial research had led me to the cities of Antalya and Bodrum. I asked a Turkish friend which she recommended. She said the places were pretty even, but that Bodrum would be more of a luxury yacht/ boutique type of place. My tastes lean towards more of the common man so I chose Antalya. Antalya worked out well. NOTE: I flew into Antalya from Istanbul and flew out to Izmir. Flying in Turkey was basically...

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Israel Travel: Attractions, Tours and Transportation

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Millions of tourists visit Israel these days and among them there are a lot of people with limited mobility. The popularity of traveling to Israel has encouraged more and more accessible improvements. Government has worked particularity hard to improve access to attract international visitors. The reality is that there are challenges to traveling around Israel, so preparation is must. Traveling with an accessible tour company is the easiest way to explore the areas you are interested in. Attractions, Activities and Food In Tel-Aviv there are four beaches officially tailored for disabled people: Tzuk, Northern Tzuk, Metzizim and Hilton. The...

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Ephesus, Turkey Travel Access Review

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This visit was part of a ten day, three-stop, tourist trip to Turkey in April of 2014. I had been to Istanbul once in 1980. And this was a chance to re-explore Turkey itself, and also see a modern and “safe” Muslim country. Why visit Ephesus? These ruins are one of the largest excavated ancient Greek/ Roman/ Christian cities in the world. Everyone I spoke to said it was a must stop if you are in Turkey. Cappadocia, the other must see place, is far to the eastern interior of Turkey. Plus I found no information as to how...

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Istanbul, Turkey Accessible Travel (Review #2)

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I think Istanbul is must see world destination. The layers of religions, empires, architecture, and beautiful water views, along with a fully modern society are so rich. From the US perspective, it is an ideal combination of novel, enlightening and familiar. If the city were less accessible than it is, I still think it would be worth the stop. Fortunately as a disabled tourist, life can be pretty good. Much of Istanbul is accessible or there is the attitude to make things accessible. Clearly people and society has thought about the needs of the disabled. Folks normally have an accommodating...

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Istanbul, Turkey Accessible Travel (Review #1)

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Recently I travelled to Istanbul Turkey for vacation.Before we left I searched the web for information on the accessibility of the major tourist sites. I  found that they were for the most part accessible, but due to the historical value, not much can be done to alter them for better access. What was even of more importance to me was “how was I going to get around the city”? I learned that there are NO accessible taxis. I did find one company that has a lift van to take you wherever you want to go. Their name is Engelli...

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Egypt: Accessible Adapted Scuba Diving

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Scuba diving is the best way to experience the underwater world. Someone who is a paraplegic or uses a wheelchair can now feel the sense of weightlessness and complete freedom of movement under water. Scuba diving gives people with disabilities an opportunity to experience something new, participate in an active sport, meet people, and find out what it’s like to breathe underwater. It is an adventure, a challenging experience that unlocks inner strength and outer confidence.   Barakuda Diving Centers are located right along the Red Sea in Hurghada, Egypt. The two wheelchair accessible centers are at the Intercontinental...

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