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 destinations with the second most five-star hotels in the world, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. 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 lived in Dubai since the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, known as Oman coast. After some time Dubai used to be named Al-Wasel as it was the link between Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and the northern Cities, then it changed to Dubai. United Arab Emirates is a young country but the cities have a lot of history.

Also to this comment, the labor workers in our county are a mix of India, Pakistan, Bangladeshi and also China. I don't know why is that a problem with a country that 80% of its residence are from foreign countries. I don't recall anyone is saying that united states are build by Irish or Italian or Mexican people.

I love Dubai love our President and leader without him Dubai wont be worldly known city and I love the diversity of population in 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.

It's beautiful and really really enchanting, I mean if you see the beaches, deserts, malls and all the places to visit it is just AMAZING. It also has great schools

Truly amazing! Well worth your money! I really wich I could go back soon! The people there are generally quite nice and the cityscape is overwhelming!

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! 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.

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!

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

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

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 more.

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...

How come, how come Beirut is over Istanbul! This place is so damn awesome, I think this is great as Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt, New York etc. I love Istanbul!

The city is perfect destination for the culture and history, it was capital city of byzantine and ottoman empire.

4 Beirut

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 where ever you go, simply breath taking. Best country to live in and property prices are constantly rising excellent to invest in the property market. The units in Lebanon are all spacious with nuerous living areas and the houses are stone with expansive features. I even found a job in this fantastic country which pays me double what I earnt in Australia. Come and see what Lebanon has to offer.

A city full of life, the night life is the best in the middle east the girls are the hottest the people are the warmest/ kindest I'm from monaco loved my trip there nothing like dubai where there is no history historical ground neither a culture to discover, it should be number 1 by far. Love you beirut

Beirut is the heart of the ancient world. The home of the inventors of the alphabet, the Phoenicians. The home of history, culture, entertainment, education, food, tourism, & religion. The only place in the whole world where a church a & mosque are neighbours. There's definitely no similar city.

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!

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 thae best of the best in the Middle East.. it has also the tallest sclupted tower in the world " ALHAMRA".. The most braethtaking view of the sunset you can enjoy watching in The Kuwait towers.. 1010

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!

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

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

6 Tehran

Tehran is the largest city in Middle East and one of that in world
With 14 million population.
But Iran has better cities than tehran like isfahan and shiraz.
North of Iran has very beautiful nature lands
Totally I think Iran is the best country in Middle East

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

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 think this city is the larggest and also the nicest city in middle east wild nice centeral park and tall buildings. milad tower and azadi tower are amazing to see. Tehran is very high tech and very safe. The people who leave are in Tehran are very kind and hospitable. I recommend Tehran as a nice city

7 Amman

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!

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.

A very modern city with beautiful buildings and landscape! Also high rise towers are being constructed mowadays

8 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.

Been there for a month and the people were awesome and cost of living is less compared to other cities in GCC.

The citezens in Saudi are very respecful to the immegeration people, so there are lots of employers from diffrent countries around the world, and also provied lots of stuff to abroad people.

9 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.

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!

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!

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

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

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

The Contenders
11 Bethlehem

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

12 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!

I lived there for almost three years and even if it's very calm it's a beautiful place, the beaches, the people, everything is amazing there! As I said it's very calm, not a lot of people, with a nice historical background, we find every thing we need. The hotels for tourists are luxious and beautiful...

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.

Its easy to say Muscat is your second home it's very clean and peaceful. Specially Omani people's are very friendly and polite with expats!

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

It's nice but very small. People who live there are not kind with torrists.

Clean and safe city and it's the most developed city and very friendly people

14 Mecca

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.

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

Best city in the world

I like clock tower

15 Jeddah

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

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

East or west, Jeddah is the best!

I love jeddah

16 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?

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 Mid-east its very chill and laid back, lots of history and just enough entertainment!

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!

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

Manama has one of the best skylines in Middle East!

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!

19 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.

Wow... love Sharm l love the Bedwen Food really it teastet good and Elf lela wlila park is so good also and I love Sound and Light Show in Ali baba, And I love the Egyptian folk dances, Acrobatic performances AND Quad Runners

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

I will vote for Sharm el-Sheikh... it was one of the 5th countries in the world

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.

Best city in the world!

Yea I love it too

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 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

24 Dammam

Dammam is open city?

I love dammam

25 Isfahan

One of the bests in the world...

Half of world.

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

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