When you think about small canals flowing through a city, streets, where people travel more by small boats than cars, the first city that comes to mind is Venice, Italy. It is a picturesque town in southern Italy.
But what many people don't know is that Venice isn't the only beautiful canal town in the world. This article will explore other Venetian-style cities that are not Venice themselves. Unsurprisingly a lot of the cities on this list will be in Europe.
5. Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut Lebanon is an excellent amalgamation of middle eastern architecture with Greek and Roman influences. There is something for everyone in Beirut, from the ancient Roman baths to beautiful mosques and unique museums.
At night the city gains a life of its own. Go to a rooftop hookah bar, sip some green tea, and enjoy the night lights.
4. Doha, Qatar
Like most other middle eastern countries rich with oil wealth, Doha radiates a high-class lifestyle. From traditional middle eastern architecture to modern contemporary styles, you can see it all in Doha. Places like the Museum of Islamic Art is must-visit sight.
If you are getting tired of exploring the various architectural wonders in the city. You can visit the many scenic beaches in Doha for a tranquil middle eastern experience. Doha will also be hosting the Fifa World Cup in 2022, bringing new world recognition to this middle eastern beauty.
3. Isfahan, Iran
The ancient city of Isfahan has been inhabited by humans since the old stone era. The city is old as humanity itself. And that means it has lasted hundreds of different civilizations and cultures. And this is what makes Isfahan a truly spectacular sight to see. From old ruins of the Persian empire to influences of Hellenistic culture that was brought by Alexander the Great.
Isfahan is truly a diverse city to explore, a boiling point of different cultures from all over the world.
2. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, is a unique city juxtaposed between tribal ruins and the epitome of modern architecture
From ancient Arabic forts to Kingdom center tower, you won't see this kind of range anywhere in the world.
1. Dubai, UAE
A list recommending places to visit in the middle east can't be complete without talking about Dubai. Dubai is the center and often the symbol of middle easter oil wealth. From world-class F1 race tracks to sprawling beaches and huge skyscrapers.
If there is one city that blatantly radiates wealth and opulence, it would be Dubai. In fact, one of the largest celebrations in the city is their shopping Expo that attracts wealthy tourists from all over the world.
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