Extreme? You must be joking ;-) Cycling anywhere away from the house should be considered an adventure :-) In a previous life, I found the middle east the be full of very hospitable and generous people. Now there are some crazies there - as there are in Canada and the USA.
While the north american media focuses on the suicide bombers etc in the middle east, there are plenty of anti-bicycle motorists verging on (or even practicing) different levels of road-rage/aggression HERE in north america. Heresey?? Nope, just a basic FACT. The north american media unfortunately ignores these members of north american 'society' to a large extent, and instead focuses on the suicide bombers. Danger everywhere - even at home.
All the best in the middle east. Wear sunscreen and large hats. Cover your skin. Take LOTS of H2O and be careful. Oh yes, take lomotil with you - you WILL need it ;-)