Generally speaking, scant regard is paid to the needs of disabled travellers in the Middle East. Steps, high kerbs and other assorted obstacles are everywhere, streets are often badly rutted and uneven, roads are made virtually uncrossable by heavy traffic, and many doorways are low and narrow. Ramps and specially equipped lodgings and toilets are extremely rare. The exception is Israel. Elsewhere, you’ll have to plan your trip carefully and will probably be obliged to restrict yourself to luxury-level hotels and private, hired transport.

Where Middle Eastern governments have singularly failed to provide the necessary infrastructure, local officials, guides and hotel staff almost invariably do their best to help in any way they can.

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Useful Resources

Accessible Travel & Leisure (www.accessibletravel.co.uk) Claims to be the biggest UK travel agent dealing with travel for the disabled, including some options for Egypt. The company encourages people with disabilities to travel independently.

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (www.sath.org) A good resource that gives advice on how to travel with a wheelchair, kidney disease, sight impairment or deafness.

Tourism for All (www.tourismforall.org.uk) Advice for disabled and less-mobile senior travellers.