Why do people willfully decide to travel to the Middle East?
it's a big war zone and terrorists abound and will kill anyone and everybody they can. and the kings and dictators over there are evil and corrupt and will throw you in prison and torture and kill you just because you said something they didn't like. and crime is bad there and americans and Europeans and non-muslims are hated in most countries. and poverty is really bad too and disease abounds. plus all it is there is a big desert and a few skyscrapers or ruins every now and then. boring if you ask me.
I mean israel and turkey are the only kinda sensible countries in the area but even then israel persecutes palestinians so they wage war and terrorize all over israel and turkey kills the kurds so the kurds are waging war on turkey
- TNOLv 74 years agoBest Answer
Well, not all of the Middle East is that hellish, actually.
For starters, people go to Saudi Arabia because they're Muslim and want to do hajj. You don't really exclude them in your question, so it needs to be mentioned. Religious tourism is also there for those who visit Israel and a few other places as well, and some people do have faith enough to compel them to make some sort of pilgrimage.
There is also business to attend to. For the most part, it's oil admittingly since only a few nations really have anything to offer outside of that, though to be fair the businesses the UAE has build up is all on the back of "black gold" anyway. But that's not everyone, since Egypt has things like cotton to sell all over the world and a lot of tech goes through Israel. Chances are, your computer has some sort of Israeli tech in it, particularly if it's running on things from Intel though most good tech firms have at least an Israel R&D facility such as Google, Apple and Microsoft.
And for tourism, since not everything is unsafe. Egypt's economy does depend a lot on tourism, particularly to their ancient sites, so they make damn sure that it's safe enough. The UAE as well brings in a lot to keep tourists coming, as well as other nations such as Qatar. Many know that they can't rely on oil forever. Lebanon has used their "Paris" comparison to bring people in (though people have noticed it has changed since it was dubbed "Paris of the East") and Jordan does draw in a lot through Petra so they keep that safe. Israel too has tourism, bundling a lot with the religious aspect but having more than enough to enjoy secularly and they have huge campaigns to change their image and bring people in.
You probably have picked up that I speak more for Israel than for other places, and for everything else I really have to say that I know they are more so not what you see than you might think. Israel does do a lot to prevent them from becoming a war zone, but they are active in it and do make themselves rather safe in effect. Yes, there are threats, but Israelis work damn hard to neutralize these external things and internally, their cities are considered to be safer than most American ones. No, seriously, their cities see less crime than that in America and in much of Europe. Obviously, that doesn't mean you can walk down dark alleyways but still. Their democratic nature is noted to be freer than most of the world, and aside from Tunisia are considered the only free nation in the Middle East (and have been for a while...Tunisia is a newcomer to that title). They can't just kill anyone in their nation, not even Palestinians, and a recent poll had Israel as the #2 most pro-American nation IN THE WORLD! They lost to the Philippines....barely. They were far closer to #1 than they were to #3, so they don't hate Americans and, by extension, Europeans. Israelis have advanced medicine so disease doesn't end up more prevalent there, and while it is 60% desert most of the populace lives elsewhere. They don't persecute the Palestinians like you think, and while the Palestinian hostiles do target Israel they still keep things under control and most of Israel doesn't feel the issues. They say that Tel Aviv is actually a bubble because of it, that most places feeling the recent attacks aren't them. But even outside of the bubble, it's actually still rather safe overall.