A few common-sense precautions can avoid risks to personal safety: 

  • Keep a low profile; don’t stand out in dress, speech or behavior; especially avoid wearing anything that identifies you with one side or the other in Middle East politics.
  • When exploring on your own, go in pairs or groups; stay away from public demonstrations and crowds.
  • Keep your eyes open; don’t become so absorbed by the grandeur of the sites that you fail to keep track of what is happening around you. If you sense anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to express your concern to the tour guide or tour leader.
  • Take special care when crossing the street, especially if traffic drives on the opposite side to what you are used to. Be attentive of bad driving and reckless speeding.