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DominicanoNYC
March 10th, 2003, 09:21 PM
In my opinion there are a lot of great cities in the Middle East, but Dubai is the best. It is one of the fastest developing and the architecture of some of their buildings is intersting.

For a few pictures of the building in Dubai check this link out:http://www.skyscrapers.com/re/en/wm/ci/100485/bu/

Gulcrapek
March 10th, 2003, 09:51 PM
I've been trying to convince my family Dubai would be a good summer vacation spot. They're not buying it.

It would be my top pick, maybe Doha would be second. I've also heard Tehran is interesting but it's not the place to be right now.

NoyokA
March 11th, 2003, 06:56 PM
Dubai or how about Tel Aviv? But to be honest, I have no interest right now.

fvcrew22
March 18th, 2003, 11:30 PM
yeah, no offense..but right now i really couldnt care less about which is the best city in the mid. east.

NyC MaNiAc
March 20th, 2003, 05:41 PM
yea Stern, I've heard Tel Aviv has had a little construction boom. There buildings look pretty spectacular as well as Dubai.

Also Kuwait City may have some 'scrapers considering that they are a very rich (From oil of course) country.

TLOZ Link5
March 20th, 2003, 06:26 PM
Watching the news. *Iraq is launching lots of inaccurate missiles at Kuwait, although supposedly most of them have crashed or have been shot down. *The reporter in Kuwait City almost always has his gas mask on, because everytime they go to him air-raid warning sirens are sounding in the background.

It's freaky.

Ptarmigan
April 8th, 2003, 08:44 PM
I'd like to say Baghdad and Tehran, but they are under tyrannical despots. Baghdad should be a beautiful city. Tehran is beautiful, because of the mountains and its artwork. Persian artwork and architecture is beautiful. Man, I wish I had some of it. ;)

dbhstockton
April 8th, 2003, 11:28 PM
I'd like to see both Baghdad and Tehran someday, if it's ever safe. *Beirut was supposed to be beautiful; I wonder what's going on there now.

ZippyTheChimp
April 10th, 2003, 08:34 AM
Beirut was a wonderful city - about 25 years ago. Cosmopolitan. A gateway between Europe and the Middle East.
I can't imagine what it's like now.

Freedom Tower
July 17th, 2003, 04:27 PM
Actually Beirut was war ravaged only about 10 years ago or so. However, I was watching on the news and they made many improvements. Aside from a couple of buildings it looks fine. However, I wouldn't reccomend travelling there. A US embassy was blown up there, and I think generally most places in the Middle East are dangerous for a Westerner to travel to, at least at the present time.

LF22
August 25th, 2003, 02:15 PM
the best city is dubai, new york of the middle east

go canada

LF22
August 25th, 2003, 02:15 PM
the best city is dubai, new york of the middle east

go canada

ZippyTheChimp
August 25th, 2003, 03:42 PM
Freedom Tower, you're at least a decade off.
1975-76: civil war begins in Lebanon. Beirut is divided into zones which are controlled by religious-based militias.
1982: PLO is in Beirut. Israeli Army invades. Fighting results in the destruction of the western part of the city.
Multinational peacekeeping force arrives.
1983: Terrorist bomb damages US embassy - 50 killed.
Later that year, truck bomb destroys military barracks, 260 US and 60 French soldiers killed.
1984: Multinational peacekeepers leave, and various extremist groups control parts of the city.
1990: Waring militias return control of Beirut to the central government. Reconstruction begins.

LF22
August 25th, 2003, 04:59 PM
and the whole of lebanon is still occupied by 22,000 syrian troops last time I checked, zippy

TLOZ Link5
August 25th, 2003, 07:51 PM
I think I heard recently that they might be withdrawing.

Freedom Tower
August 25th, 2003, 10:55 PM
Lebanon still to this day, along with Syria support Hezbollah, one of the terrorist organizations that launches attacks against Israel. I wouldn't go there just to protest their support for terrorists. Also, Zippy thanks for the correct history. Hey Lf22, there are really 22,000 of the Syrian troops?! I thought there were much less.

LF22
August 26th, 2003, 12:55 PM
well, thats what I saw last time in TIME magazine,

AJphx
August 27th, 2003, 01:36 AM
Are any of you rating this on anything other than modern skyscrapers? *Sorry, they are nice but they don't make for the "best" city.

I would have to say that the best cities in the middle-east are probably Jerusalem, Cairo (if you consider it middle-east), and Damascus.

(Edited by AJphx at 1:38 am on Aug. 27, 2003)

NyC MaNiAc
September 10th, 2003, 09:07 PM
I have to get around to seeing The Great Pyraminds one day.

They must be magnificent.

TLOZ Link5
September 10th, 2003, 09:40 PM
From what I've heard, they are. Looking at pictures of them it's hard to believe that if you took the Pyramid of Khufu and plopped it right in the middle of Midtown, you'd never see it in a skyline shot.

SUPREMO
October 23rd, 2003, 05:52 AM
From what I heard, the beauty of Beirut has been restored! It is alive again especially the seafront!

http://www.galenfrysinger.com/Photos/lebanon117.jpg
Luna Park in Corniche, Beirut's version of Coney Island

http://www.skyscrapers.com/files_transfer/6/2001/06/123672.jpg
Nara Towers and Marina in Beirut, when completed, this 48 storie tower will be 709 ft

http://www.skyscrapers.com/files_transfer/6/2001/03/123186.gif
Beirut undergoing restoration

http://www.acropolislebanon.com/location.jpg
Beirut @ night

http://www.lebanon2c.com/tourism/nightlife/bnights_1_2c.gif
Some of the most beautiful women in Beirut

http://www.lebanon2c.com/tourism/nightlife/bnights_15_2c.gif
Beirut's club scene, currently the most popular are RAVE and EURO TRANCE

As for my choice of favorite Middle Eastern city, is Ramat Gan, a satellite city bordering Tel Aviv. It reminds me of a mid-size US city

http://www.skyscrapers.com/files_transfer/6/2002/10/162941.jpg

Gulcrapek
October 23rd, 2003, 03:30 PM
Crap. That's kinda scary. It really does look like Coney Island.

SUPREMO
October 24th, 2003, 05:31 AM
At least it's better compared to a war-torn rubbles. But in this park, instead of hotdogs, burgers and pizza, I think they serve shawarmas, kebabs with the usual Pepsi and 7 Up.

More images of Luna Park

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7432/LunaPark.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7432/LunaPark2.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7432/GranCanyon2.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7432/Dragon.jpg

Moe14
November 13th, 2003, 05:56 PM
Haifa is a great town - beautiful, by the sea, and one of a very few handful of Middle-Eastern cities with any kind of semblance of ethnic or religious harmony. Be sure to check out the Bahai headquarters. If we're counting North Africa also, Fez (in Morocco) and Cairo are both neat cities.

TLOZ Link5
November 13th, 2003, 07:46 PM
Doha, the capital of Qatar, is supposed to be nice. But don't take my word for it; I don't pretend to be any expert in Middle Eastern travel.

Merry
November 15th, 2003, 03:30 AM
Tel Aviv for its large concentration of Bauhaus architecture of the '30s and '40s.

BrooklynRider
August 24th, 2008, 10:55 AM
I'm in the country of Qatar right now. Never been to this region of the world before. The city of Doha is going through the same kind of boom as Dubai. It is an incredible development from the ground up. Instant city. Plus, they have their own answer to the palm island of Dubai; The Pearl Qatar. It is a manmade island and a brand new city being constructed on it.

Of course, the weather is 110 degrees today and it's a swirl of desert dust. If I can get pictures, I will - but it won't be easy.

krulltime
August 24th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Oh cool. Becareful hope you don't get arrested. :p And make sure you bring me a camel. :)

joe25
August 31st, 2008, 02:17 PM
I'm in the country of Qatar right now. Never been to this region of the world before. The city of Doha is going through the same kind of boom as Dubai. It is an incredible development from the ground up. Instant city. Plus, they have their own answer to the palm island of Dubai; The Pearl Qatar. It is a manmade island and a brand new city being constructed on it.

Of course, the weather is 110 degrees today and it's a swirl of desert dust. If I can get pictures, I will - but it won't be easy.
Damn you are lucky, I wanna go visit Qatar as well as Dubai. Trump sparked my curiosity bone when he was talking about it on letterman.

195Broadway
September 1st, 2008, 10:11 PM
I'm in the country of Qatar right now. Never been to this region of the world before. The city of Doha is going through the same kind of boom as Dubai. It is an incredible development from the ground up. Instant city. Plus, they have their own answer to the palm island of Dubai; The Pearl Qatar. It is a manmade island and a brand new city being constructed on it.

Of course, the weather is 110 degrees today and it's a swirl of desert dust. If I can get pictures, I will - but it won't be easy.

BR,
Looking forward to your photos and commentary. I'm thinking of hopping a plane to Dubai. What the hell

Nygirl
September 4th, 2008, 07:03 PM
Cairo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Damascus. Does Istanbul count?

scumonkey
September 4th, 2008, 07:42 PM
Cairo- hands down!

Zephyr
December 30th, 2008, 08:08 PM
Formed a strong opinion about Tel Aviv because I've not just read about it, but have actually been there, and compared it to other places in the area. It is interesting, even beautiful to look at, architecturally speaking. Being on the Mediterranean Sea it has great sunsets and beaches, and that golden glow on summer afternoons is priceless, even as it heats up. This relatively young city then layers on that a tonne of things to do day or night, and even as you get deep into that night, you have fine restaurants and A/C cinema houses to frequent.

Has its problems (like drug trafficking for instance), but it is overall a place that one could form many attachments. It is in a dangerous part of the world, however, like most Middle Eastern cities, so there is always that looming fear factor.

In case you are interested, there is a brief WNY thread on this place, with a primary focus on its Modernist Architecture: "'White City' of the Bauhaus in Tel Aviv (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16618)".

MidtownGuy
January 27th, 2010, 12:21 PM
I'm in the country of Qatar right now. Never been to this region of the world before. The city of Doha is going through the same kind of boom as Dubai. It is an incredible development from the ground up. Instant city. Plus, they have their own answer to the palm island of Dubai; The Pearl Qatar. It is a manmade island and a brand new city being constructed on it.

Of course, the weather is 110 degrees today and it's a swirl of desert dust. If I can get pictures, I will - but it won't be easy.

What an interesting trip that must have been!

I'm wondering if anyone has been to Beirut within the last couple of years. I'm thinking about destinations for this year. Is it still ravaged from the Israelis? As Zippy noted, it was once called the Paris of the East, and the nightlife is supposedly quite good as well. I'm sure the food would be wonderful.

ZippyTheChimp
January 27th, 2010, 01:46 PM
^
I'd be interested to know as well. One of my first extended trips through Europe and the Middle East included Beirut.

MidtownGuy
January 27th, 2010, 07:16 PM
I found this at lonely planet calling Beirut the #3 best kept travel secret.

Travel secret #3: Beirut

Breaking into the top three in Lonely Planet Magazine’s countdown of the best-kept travel secrets is Beirut, as recommended by Fergal Keane, special correspondent with BBC News:

‘Beirut is the best kept secret of the Middle East but sadly it is fear that keeps it that way. The name conjures up visions of all that is horrible in man: murder, kidnapping and air raids. But there’s so much more to it.

I have worked in the city in war and peace and I’ve taken my family on holiday there; we once spent a New Year’s Eve in the home of an Armenian family who kept us dancing until dawn. The following day they drove us north to Byblos, birthplace of the written word, where we ate grilled fish at an ancient harbour watched over by an elderly restaurant owner who had once counted some of the world’s best-known movie and singing stares among his clients.

Now rebuilt after the Civil War, Beirut city centre is one of the most handsome in the Mediterranean with its restored Ottoman facades and open-air restaurants. Walk from downtown to the district of Ashrafiya, a stroll of about ten minutes, for the meal of your life in Abdel Wahab on Abdel Wahab el Inglizi Street. Follow it with a drink in any of the buzzing clubs of the area or head back to the ice-cream shops of Raouche and gaze out over the sea and catch the beams of the Ras Beirut lighthouse. It is a gracious and giving city that deserves to see you.‘

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photo slideshow here (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/lebanon/travel-tips-and-articles/42/1580#)
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I really want to go.

Lindsey
January 27th, 2010, 10:58 PM
Cool thread, I had no idea Beirut was apparently so wonderful. Thanks for the article Midtownguy.. The photos are gorgeous, I may have to visit someday when I have the cash :)

MidtownGuy
January 28th, 2010, 03:43 PM
Hi Lindsey, I'm glad you enjoyed the Beirut info and pictures. It really does seem like an incredibly intersting, fun place. I hope I can make it there someday too.:)

In the meantime, I was walking down E. 53rd the other night and noticed the Lebanese restaurant "Al Bustan" (which used to be located on 3rd avenue around 50th Street) has a good looking new space at 319 E. 53rd. Street. Passing by, I was intrigued by the decor. Then a neighbor told me the food is great.

http://albustanny.com/ is their website (with some very cool music). In typical Greek and Middle Eastern fashion, the best thing is to order a bunch of hot and cold mezze (appetizers) that are shared among friends.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2773/4311646177_2f4782f805_o.png
^photo from the website gallery