Top 10 Cities in the Middle East

The Top Ten

1 Dubai Dubai

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.

I think Dubai is an amazing city for shopping, best dining places, great concerts all year round, but it lacks history. three days will be enough.

Dubai Is A Beautiful, Lovely City With Wonderful Buildings Including The Burj Khalifa Which Is The Biggest Tower In The World. It Has Lovely Shopping Malls And Crazy Fun Waterparks And Theme Parks. Also It Has Lovely Shows Like The Fountain Shows. Even Though It A Lovely City It It Lacking History. The Only Reason It Grew So Fast Is Because Immigrant Workers From India, Pakistan And Bangladesh Heled Build All These Buildings.

It should be the cleanest in the ENTIRE WORLD!

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2 Beirut Beirut

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!

Lebanese wife... Best food in the region, most beautiful coastline that I've ever seen, gorgeous mountains, and food that will redefine your religious beliefs.

Beirut is full of life!

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3 Istanbul Istanbul

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...

Largest city and very nice and safe city and modern city

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

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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.

A truly phenomenal city! I felt right at home, and, blimey, I live quite a distance from Israel.

Most mystical and beautiful city in the world

A truly amazing city. A lot of great places

It must be good but it's not better than Tehran. I've already gone Iran. it has one of the most strongest security forces.

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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

Will be best city in 2030

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6 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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7 Riyadh

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

Best city Riyadh

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8 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.

I'm quart Iranian

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9 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

Jeddah is mother land for all foriegners

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10 Kuwait City

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

Really Amazing city! Best Malls in middle east and really nice Skyscrappers

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

...Sharm el-Sheikh... Sharm el-Sheikh have many tourist attractions like Naama Beach, Ras Mohamd, Tiran and Sanafir isles ... I love to ride beach buggies

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

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12 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

Mecca houses the Ka'bah and it was also where Muhammad (pbuh) lived for some time. As a Muslim, It is the most important place as the Quran was revealed there. I love Madinah equally but I cannot deny that this is where Muhammad (pbuh)'s prophet-hood started. It's even a necessity for Muslims to go for pilgrimage at least once at Mecca. - NoobTuber

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13 Doha

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

best place

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14 Bethlehem

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

15 Muscat

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.

It's a unique city with beautiful mountains... Less traffic compared to other cities in Middle East

Home away from home.

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16 Amman

Beautiful, up and coming 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.

Amman is one of the best cities in the Middle East, People are friendly, you can be yourself and feel like you are home, it's clean and it has both modern and Middle Eastern life style, it should be in top 3 at least!

Most safe city

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17 Tel Aviv

Best city in the world!

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

Going to be the next nyc soon!

No tel aviv should be number one because it is a very beiutiful city the buldings are like in new york. In beirut they crosse!

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

Best in middle east of historical feel.I've been there twice and go again.the food is amazing at the marina,fresh seafood hourly


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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

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

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22 Tbilisi Tbilisi

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
24 Isfahan

Isfahan is half of the world

The most Rich architecture

One of the bests in the world...

Very very beauty and safe city

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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

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28 Jounieh

2nd best city in Lebanon

Best city in Lebanon

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29 Aden

Beautiful coastal area with great beaches

30 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..

31 Hamedan

Iran hamedan city -

32 Tripoli
33 Aleppo

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

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34 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

35 Baghdad

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?

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36 Khobar

Beautiful very diverse

37 Khobar
38 Jbeil
39 Ehden
40 Mashhad

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

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41 Tabriz
42 Yerevan

Best city in northern Middle East

43 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

44 Tunis
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