Top 10 Cities in the Middle East

The Top Ten
1 Dubai Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Established in the 18th century as a small fishing village, the city grew rapidly in the early 21st century into a cosmopolitan metropolis with a focus on tourism and hospitality. Dubai is one of the world's most popular tourist... read more

I'm from Dubai. I just want to comment on the history part. Dubai doesn't have the history of India or Egypt - no country has that. People have lived in Dubai since the time of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, when it was known as the Oman Coast. At one point, Dubai was named Al-Wasel as it was the link between Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and the northern cities. Then it changed to Dubai. The United Arab Emirates is a young country, but the cities have a lot of history.

Regarding labor workers in our country, they are a mix of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Chinese. I don't see why it's a problem that 80% of our residents are from foreign countries. I don't recall anyone saying that the United States was built by Irish, Italian, or Mexican people.

I love Dubai, love our President and leader - without him, Dubai wouldn't be a world-renowned city - and I love the diversity of the population in Dubai.

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

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

Dubai is awesome, Beirut is pretty, Istanbul is historical, and Cairo is iconic, but Jerusalem is a mixture of all of these. It's also the Holy City in many religions!

I love Dubai, but Israel is the holy city and pretty much the capital of the world. So many cool and biblical sites.

3 Istanbul Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. The city straddles the Bosphorus strait, and lies in both Europe and Asia, with a population of over 15 million residents, comprising 19% of the population... read more

Istanbul is an old city and has many worldwide business companies. It also has the best climate in the Middle East and is a complex mix of nationalities. We cannot deny the nightlife in Istanbul. It is the second largest city in the world with a population of 13 million.

The city has the best and most modern transportation linking its parts to each other. Furthermore, Istanbul is a complex blend of East and West. The more you explore, the more you discover about Istanbul. As Napoleon said, "If the world were a single state, Istanbul would be the capital."

4 Beirut

Beirut is the best and most gorgeous country in the world. From its welcoming and generous people, you immediately feel at home as you enjoy stunning mountain views wherever you go. Simply breathtaking.

It is the best country to live in, and property prices are constantly rising, making it excellent to invest in the property market. The units in Lebanon are all spacious with numerous living areas, and the houses are stone with expansive features. I even found a job in this fantastic country that pays me double what I earned in Australia.

Come and see what Lebanon has to offer.

5 Kuwait City

Kuwait City is the Middle East's bride. There are the best malls in the Middle East. I think The Avenues Mall is the best of the best in the Middle East. It also has the tallest sculpted tower in the world, Al Hamra.

You can enjoy the most breathtaking view of the sunset at The Kuwait Towers.

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

One of the best cities in the world! It's more beautiful than New Jersey. Similar to New York but in a smaller city.

6 Tehran Tehran is the capital of Iran and is located in the northern part of the country at the foot of the Alborz mountain range. It serves as Iran's political, economic, and cultural center. Known for its modern architecture juxtaposed with historical sites, Tehran is home to landmarks like the Golestan Palace... read more

Tehran is the largest city in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world, with a population of 14 million. But Iran has better cities than Tehran, like Isfahan and Shiraz.

The north of Iran has very beautiful natural landscapes. Overall, I think Iran is the best country in the Middle East.

What makes Tehran so special is that nowhere in the Middle East are there such warm-hearted, hospitable, and kind people. I highly recommend it to everybody. Nice people, excellent food, beautiful city.

I have heard from many people who traveled to Tehran that they fell in love with the city. Another common remark was about the rich culture and friendly people of Tehran.

7 Amman

Amman is one of the best cities in the Middle East. People are friendly, you can be yourself and feel at home, it's clean, and it has both modern and traditional Middle Eastern lifestyles. It should be in the top three at least!

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.

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

8 Riyadh

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

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

I've been there for a month, and the people were awesome. The cost of living is less compared to other cities in the GCC.

9 Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a vegan paradise and the friendliest place on Earth for the LGBTQ+ community. It is the shining jewel of the Middle East with very beautiful people, nice beaches, and great weather.

Those who hate Israel can move to Iran.

No, Tel Aviv should be number one because it is a very beautiful city. The buildings are like in New York. In Beirut, they don't compare!

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

10 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, with unique buildings that can also be world records. The people are peaceful and friendly.

Loved it here. Very simply, it's a living, responsible entity that is united.

Green city in the Middle East, with less traffic compared to other capital cities in Gulf countries.

The Contenders
11 Bethlehem

I love it. One of the best cities. Rich in culture.

12 Muscat

You have to see it to believe it. Muscat is perhaps the most underrated city in the Gulf/Middle East. I haven't met a single individual who has visited Muscat and not been surprised by its 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 landscaped road networks, parks, malls, and restaurants that serve food from around the world.

Surrounded by the Hajar Mountains on one side and the Sea of Oman on the other, Muscat has consistently been rated among the cleanest cities in the region, and perhaps in the world. The Omani capital is also counted among the top five friendliest cities in the world and the friendliest in the Middle East. This reflects in the hospitality of the city and its people.

Muscat is truly the 'Hidden Gem of Arabia!'

13 Doha

Doha is one of the best places to live in. It is safe, it has lots of shopping, and the West Bay is amazing. Everything in Doha is just great.

I recommend visiting Doha before the year 2022 because that's when Qatar is going to host the FIFA World Cup. I hope you visit Doha, love the city, and maybe want to live there!

Doha is amazing in terms of safety and hospitality. Great malls, beautiful beach, Katara, and Pearl-Qatar are must-visit places. It has one of the best corniches in the entire Middle East. I've been to the others, but I think it's the best.

It has the most beautiful city lights during Qatar National Day.

14 Mecca

Mecca houses the Ka'bah and was also where Muhammad (peace be upon him) 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's (peace be upon him) prophethood started. It's even a necessity for Muslims to go on pilgrimage at least once to Mecca.

Mecca is not allowed to enter for non-Muslims. If I could visit there, I would.

Lovely city surrounded by mountains and has the sacred mosque in the middle of the city.

15 Jeddah

Has the tallest lighthouse, the tallest flagpole, and soon the tallest building! This is the real-life version of Supermassive Galaxy from SMG2.

Beautiful city with amazing malls, beaches, and much more.

East or west, Jeddah is the best!

16 Baghdad Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and is situated along the Tigris River. As one of the largest cities in the Arab world, it has historically been a center of learning and culture. Today, it serves as Iraq's administrative, economic, and political hub. Despite the challenges of recent conflicts, the city... read more

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 included here?

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

17 Manama

Tiny but beautiful. To be honest, nothing compares with Bahrain in the Middle East. It's very chill and laid-back, with lots of history and just enough entertainment!

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

Incredible laid-back country. The people are so positive and respectful too!

18 Byblos

Byblos is the most fantastic city in Lebanon. Very good shops, museums, and more.

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

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

19 Sharm el-Sheikh

That's the real meaning of vacation. Sunshine in the morning and dancing all night. Delicious food and nice people everywhere. Every day is different with lots of activities throughout the day.

I highly recommend it to stressed corporate employees and for all incentive vacations. It's a lifetime trip.

Wow, I love Sharm. I love the Bedouin food. It really tastes good. The Alf Leila Wa Leila Park is also amazing, and I love the sound and light show in Ali Baba. I also love the Egyptian folk dances, acrobatic performances, and quad runners.

20 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.
21 Cairo

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.

22 Buraydah
23 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 have international schools and universities. The food is fresh and inexpensive. I just can't say enough about how amazing this city is.

24 Isfahan

Very modern city in Iran with a large history. One of the oldest cities in the world.

25 Dammam
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