My 30-day business visa for Kuwait expires on the 9th of February.
This means that I must leave and re-enter Kuwait.
Thanks to the advent of low-cost airlines Jazeera Airways and Air Arabia, this is not an expensive proposition.
The employer would normally put me on a single day round-trip flight to Bahrain. This would cost about $102 and my employer would pay it. I could hang out overnight with my pal The Professor, who works at New York Institute of Technology, Bahrain campus. (Yes, I couldn't believe there was a NYIT in Bahrain either.)
Ah, but I could do that anytime. Any weekend (which is Thursday and Friday here).
So I should take advantage of the moment and the credit towards my ticket, and go somewhere interesting.
A quick look at the airline sites tells me I could go to these places:
Khartoum is out because it's such a pain-in-the-ass to get the Sudanese visa. Damascus is out because I've been there once and the Syrian visa was also kind of annoying to get. Amman and Aqaba-- been there and done that not once but twice. I've been to Luxor and Sharm, but I really loved the snorkeling off Sharm and wouldn't mind lazing around the Kanabesh Hotel and looking at fish during the mornings. Luxor-- I'm thinking once for old dead things is enough, but maybe it bears repeating.
Never been to Beirut. Doesn't sound like a bad place to go. Lots of people like it but I don't know a lot about it.
If I went to Sharm, I could get a stopover in Dubai en route. And ebookers.com has hotels there that wouldn't give me heart problems. Another benefit there is that Egyptian visas are cheap and available at the airport. Everything else is cheap there as well.