Top 10 Cities in the Middle East

The Top Ten

1 Dubai Dubai

I really want to visit Dubai when I grow up! It should be the best.

Dubai is bbest and livable

1. Dubai
2. Istanbul
3. Tehran
4. Abu Dhabi
5. Mecca
6. Beirut
7. Riyadh
8. Jeddah
9. Kuwait City
10. Doha

Dubai is a city that has everything from shopping to best infrastructure and hotels. It is one of the ideal places to live in the Middle East as it has everything to offer to foreign tourists.

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2 Beirut Beirut

Beirut is such an amazing city because of the fast wifi and amazing infrastructure
Beirut is 1 of the richest city in the world I believe that NYC should be nicknamed the American Beirut
And they have such good food

Beirut is absolutely the best city in the Middle East.. Hospitality, Nightlife, Beaches, International food... It's the Paris of the Middle East!

I totally agree... A city that is modern and antique at the same time! I simply love the city because it's a city that is very charming. Definitely a city everyone should visit in a lifetime.. Try to be more original and try Beirut instead of Paris!

Best city in the middle east, its beautiful charming and will make you feel at home, one word to describe it CRAZY

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3 Istanbul Istanbul Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center.

Istanbul is an old city! And does have this days a lot of world wide business companies! In addition that it's have the best climate in middle east, and it's are a nationalities Complex! And we can not deny the nightlife in Istanbul! Also it is the 2nd largest city in the world with 13 million population!, and The best and the modernest transportation linking their parts to each other! And rather than that it's a Complex between East and West, and the more you search the more you get about Istanbul! As Napoleon said, "If the world was a single state, Istanbul were the capital"

Constantinople still has many great attractions worth seeing. It is a European city, locked in a West Asian country, and many relics from the Roman and Ottoman Empire can be found. If you want a "middle eastern" feel, visit the markets and haggle. Do humor the locals and refer to it under its incorrect name Istanbul, the name will be corrected in time...

Istanbul is NOT an Arabic city like others, European kind of people lives in Turkey.

Largest city and very nice and safe city and modern city

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4 Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea.

The "So"-called holy city, however it's quite diverse with three major religions that form up as a community

I LOVE Dubai but Israel is the holy city and pretty much capital of world. So many cool and biblical stuff.

Jerusalem is holy! Its cool, old, fun, sacred, holy, and important. Beirut is boring, Istanbul should be called Constantinople, and well Dubai is actually really really cool but not as cool as Jerusalem.

It's a holy city to three religions including mine and is the capital of a promised land holy to four religions.

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5 Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates.


Clean, organized, has unique buildings that can also be world record and people are peaceful and friendly

Green city in middle east, less traffic other than other capital city in Gulf countries

Its close to Dubai and very nice

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6 Tehran

Best city in middle east. With excellent Persian food and also modern city where you can relax Iranians call it city of light.

Very modern and clean metropolitan city.the living standards (housing, public transportation, medical facilities, ) in Tehran is way better than other middle eastern cities.

I have heard from lots of people who travelled to Tehran, they fell in love with the city. Another remark was about rich culture and friendly people of Tehran.

The most beautiful city in the world

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7 Riyadh

Awesome and pretty city in Middle East

This city holds the economy of whole Middle East. I don't think this is deserved to be best, but Riyadh deserved to be the most powerful city in Middle East.

Nice large modern clean city with lots of rich historical places in and around Riyadh.

Its really really classy city I love been there and I got chocked I thought ill go to a forgotten city in the middle of the dessert but life over there was overwhelming big streets luxury cars tall towers eveywhere a lot of nice malls it's a city that I wont say no to live in everyday

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8 Kuwait City

The city is appealing to see, the people are very friendly and the food is probably the best food I had in the middle east!

Freedom, rich, historical, big city, smart and educated westernised people with a Democratic constitution

Kuwait City is a small beautiful city a mix of New York and Paris with amazing architecture and many wonderful things to do

Best cities in the world! Its more beautiful than New Jersey! Similar of newyork but in small city

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9 Manama

According to a local Bahrani, Manama is "as you like". It's got a nice lived-in feel and is open like Dubai - and much less expensive!

Free place for every one

Tiny but beautiful, to be honest, nothing compares with Bahrain in the Mid-east its very chill and laid back, lots of history and just enough entertainment!

Incredible laid back country, people are so positive and respectful too!

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10 Jeddah

Has tallest light house, tallest flag pole, and soon tallest building! This is the real life version of Supermassive galaxy from SMG2 - TeamRocket747

East or west, Jeddah is the best!

Beautiful city Jeddah

Its really amazing city its more opened up than you think and people here are very generous with open mind and big hearts that's chocked me I love jedda everyday more and more they have the greatest malls ever night lifes never die privets island and beach over the weekend, you will never get bored here I love it

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The Contenders

11 Bethlehem

I love it. One of the best cities. A rich culture.

12 Sharm el-Sheikh

That's the real meaning of vacation. Sunshine in the morning and dancing all night... Delicious food... Nice people everywhere... Everyday is different... Lots of activists throughout the day.
I highly recommend it to stressful corporate employes and to all incentive vacations. It's a lifetime trip.

Sharm el Sheikh isn’t in the Middle East. It’s in Egypt

Relax like you don't have a thing to do.

Nightlife, peacefulness, coral reefs, colourful fish, its simply a beauty given by nature!

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13 Tel Aviv

Vegan paradise, gay friendliest place onEarth, the shining jewel of Middle East.
Very beautiful people, nice beaches and weather.
Those who hate Israel can move to Iran.

The LA of the Middle East!

Amazing city

The most modern city in the Middle East with a vibrant nightlife scene beautiful beaches, amazing weather and high technology

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14 Doha

Doha is a very nice place.It Is very safe place.Must Visit

Doha is one of the best places to live in. It is safe (al hamdullah), it has lots of shopping, the West Bay is amazing, everything in Doha is just great!. I would recommend you to visit Doha before the year 2022 because that's the year when Qatar is going to host the FIFA World Cup. I hope you visit Doha and love the city, and maybe want to live there!

Most amazing place in terms of safety and hospitality, great malls, beautiful beach, katana and pearl Qatar are must visit places.
Have one of the best corniche in the entire Middle East. I've been to the others, but I happen to it's the best. Most beautiful city lights during Qatar national days

Safe city friendly people will be the most developed city

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15 Mecca

I like clock tower

Mecca is not allowed to enter for non Muslim. If I can visit there, I will.

Mecca wil be great

No place like this

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16 Muscat

One the most beautiful and peaceful cities

In my opinion...Muscat deserves to be in the top 10...simply because it is the best...

You have to see it to believe. Muscat is perhaps the most underrated city in the Gulf/Middle East. But I haven't met a single individual who has visited Muscat and not been surprised by it's natural beauty. The capital city of the Sultanate of Oman has a great history and strikes a perfect balance between the modern and the traditional. The souqs, forts and the royal palace in the Old city live in perfect harmony with horticultured road networks, parks, malls and restaurants that serve you food from around the world. Surrounded by the Hajar mountains on one side and the Sea of Oman on the other, Muscat has constantly been rated as among the cleanest cities in the region, and perhaps in the world. The Omani capital is also counted among the Top-5 friendliest cities in the world and the most friendliest in Middle East. This reflects in the hospitality of the city and its people. Muscat is truly the 'Hidden Gem of Arabian!

It's one of its kind! A must visit place and perfect place to call home... Great nation with great leader... Amazing beaches a lot things to do if you are out door... Cost if lyf is good. Muscat the best city in the gulf.

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17 Amman

Amman has an up and coming hip hop scene. I'm also a big fan of their soccer team, Al Wehdat Sporting Club. It's a great place to live if you're part of the Jordanian diaspora, have the majority of your family overseas, but want to move back to Jordan.

Beautiful, up and coming city!

Most safe city

Clean, Organized, Stable and safe city. Booming nightlife scene as well as a good underground art scene including music, theater and stand-up comedy.

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18 Byblos

Byblos is the most fantastic city in Lebanon. A very good shops, museums...

Byblos is the cradle of alphabet. I invite everybody to visit!

One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.. Beautiful until today

Byblos is just a peace of heaven on earth!

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19 Dammam

Dammam is open city?

I love dammam

Most friendly people in the world... they are so kind...

love it

20 Cairo Cairo

The best both in the middle East and Africa

Top restaurants great nightlife and a study by badoo the world's most 24 hour city

I Think Cairo Should be in at Least the top 10,This is A Beautiful City,and it has One of the World's Wonders.

HISROTY HISTORY HISTORY... Cairo is a million city places to go... You ll never feel bored for a second... Worth a visit.
I never have enough of my favorite places there.

21 Damascus Damascus Damascus is the capital of the Syrian Arab Republic; it is also the country's largest city, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city.

Yea I love it too

This city have so sooo manny historical buildings and best resturants in the worl visit it you will not lose your time

Its no4 safest place on world amman is very ugly and dirty

Best city in the world!

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22 Tbilisi Tbilisi Tbilisi, in some countries also still known by its pre-1936 international designation Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people.

Tbilisi is an absolutely wonderful place to live. It is extremely inexpensive and the people are very hospitable. I lived there for three years, and after my husband finishes his military service, we will be making Tbilisi our permanent home. They international schools and universities. The food is fresh and inexpensive. I just can't say enough about how amazing this city is.

Not exactly Middle Eastern, but very beautiful nevertheless

Proud to be Georgian - TopT3ns

Tbili - in Georgian means -warm. so, this city is so warm with it's peple, buildigs, culture, fresh food and hospitality

23 Baku

The city is a mix of traditional and modern. It is a perfect place to go for cheap travelers who want to have the most of what it could bring them. It's also safe for americans, NOT armenians. But if you are not from Armenia and armenian, you are safe. So yeah, choose baku!
Honorable mentions

24 Isfahan


Isfahan is half of the world

The most Rich architecture

One of the bests in the world...

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25 Medina

Should be higher

26 Sana'a

Sana'a city has its own charater can not find it in any other city.


27 Diyarbakır

Its old city with amazing location and kurdish people's is very kind and amazing food

Beutifull city

I love diyarbakir and erbil city I love kurdish people too

28 Baghdad

Amazing City, one of the best in terms of history. A great city to visit!

Iraq has too many cities why you have mentioned Baghdad...


One of the greatest cities in world history, and a world-class, cosmopolitan Middle Eastern city of power. By the way, why aren't Erbil and Sulaimaniyah not included here?

29 Hamedan

Iran hamedan city -

30 Jounieh

2nd best city in Lebanon

Best city in Lebanon


31 Tunis
32 Aden

Beautiful coastal area with great beaches

33 Shiraz

Best city I ever seen I love go again and visit shiraz again very friendly people and very historical city

I think shiraz is the best historic city in the world for tourists
Very clean and beautiful
I love shiraz

Awssome city that every one will love...
Famous for many shooing malls..

34 Tripoli
35 Jbeil


36 Mashhad

Mashhad is one of the best religious and modern city to visit

Mashhad has very big shopping center same as padide

37 Tabriz
38 Yemen Yemen Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Western Asia, occupying the southwestern to the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.

*sigh* did Nick Crompton come on TheTopTens? - TeamRocket747

39 Aqaba Aqaba

It's not too big and not too small.

40 Erbil

One of the most liberal, beautiful cities in the Middle East. A charming blend of Dubai, Beirut, Istanbul, Baghdad, all in one unique, cosmopolitan city in Iraq! Great history, dining-scene, nightlife, and many modern amenities of a world-class 21st century metropolis.

41 Mosul Mosul
42 Aleppo

Only God tjing to say about it

Something's not right, aleppo 41? it is the oldest city in the world plus the capital of Islamic heritage in 2006...

Aleppo, is the 2nd oldest city in the world, Byblos (Lebanon) is.

How is Aleppo at 28? It should be at least in the top ten

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43 Hurghada

Hurgada has awesome view at the red sea and contian very high hotels and resorts it is the best place to go to relax

44 Khobar

Beautiful very diverse

45 Ehden
46 Yerevan

Best city in northern Middle East

47 Buraydah
48 Antalya
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