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Not up to its usual standard
on 18 November 2014
Note that this guide covers Oman, Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and more, but it's only half as thick as the Thailand guide. Thus, every country only gets a tiny chapter. There is also a comparatively long culture section, so there is hardly any room for practical info.
I usually buy 2 guidebooks, one with photos to get inspired and a lonely planet for the detailed infos on how to plan the holiday. This lonely planet guide is disappointing in that it seems merely to provide a flavour of the placed that are worth seeing, without explaining properly how to get there. There aren't enough maps and those that exists are too sketchy. An example: "Wadi Tiwi can be accessed by car but villagers prefer visitors to approach on foot" without further explanation as to where to walk and how long it would take.
Places like Dubai and Oman are rapidly changing, with new roads and resorts being built all of the time, so perhaps no guidebook can keep up to date. I am now just using the internet to help plan my trip.