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View Poll Results: Favorite Middle East City?
Cairo 2 8.00%
Alexandria 1 4.00%
Dubai 5 20.00%
Abu Dhabi 2 8.00%
Damman 0 0%
Riyadh 0 0%
Medina 0 0%
Tel Aviv 11 44.00%
Jerusalem 11 44.00%
Doha 3 12.00%
Manama 2 8.00%
Tehran 1 4.00%
Beirut 9 36.00%
Amman 1 4.00%
Other (Specify) 2 8.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-05-2018, 02:38 PM
 
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The Middle East is often in the news for all the wrong reasons. However there are many great cities in the middle East. Along with a lot of cultural diversity. Overall what's your favorite city in this region. Some criteria to consider
1. Downtown
2. History
3. Livability
4. Climate
5. Architecture
6. Safety
7. Food

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Old 08-05-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Istanbul is the one I am most interested in visiting.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:07 PM
 
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Istanbul is the one I am most interested in visiting.
Not exactly what I'd consider the Middle East. But close enough I suppose.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Rome
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I concur.
Istanbul is as European as London, though its “Europeanness” is a wonderfully exotic one (as seen from the Western half of the Continent).
And not only Istanbul, but also the Turkish coast on the Aegean Sea can hardly be considered “Middle East”
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:07 PM
 
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I would have expected people in Istanbul to be middle-eastern looking and Muslim, not white and Christian like London.
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I concur.
Istanbul is as European as London, though its “Europeanness” is a wonderfully exotic one (as seen from the Western half of the Continent).
And not only Istanbul, but also the Turkish coast on the Aegean Sea can hardly be considered “Middle East”
As someone who has lived in London England and visited Istanbul ... I don't think so lol.
Yes there are many western features... but not even comparable to any significant extent.
Not culturally, socially, economically or anything else.
Both really interesting places... but if someone goes to Istanbul expecting it to be like London, they are going to have a heart attack once they get there.

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Old 08-05-2018, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I would have expected people in Istanbul to be middle-eastern looking and Muslim, not white and Christian like London.



What you said does not really make sense.


All Turkish people don't look the same?
Not sure where you are getting the strange idea from?
Also all Muslims don't look the same and further more religion does not effect the way you look?


Also why do you mean by Middle Eastern looking? All Middle Eastern people don't look the same


Not all people in London are white or Christian ... so you entire post and comments I am not getting as a person who have been to both cities and is of Christian Arab decent and married to a Muslim North African


What were you expecting?





FYI ... neither me or my husband look like this lol


P.S. I did note vote in the pole as I have only been to Cairo off that list.
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:50 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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I would have expected people in Istanbul to be middle-eastern looking and Muslim, not white and Christian like London.
Turkish people aren't quintessentially middle eastern or Arabs. They're the old Ottomans; the empire that dominated most of the Middle East for a long time.

Albania is nearly 60% muslim yet caucasian - are they not Europe?

Step back from the pigeon-hole mind set of the US and you will discover how the world really is as opposed to Hollywood.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Turkish people aren't quintessentially middle eastern or Arabs. They're the old Ottomans; the empire that dominated most of the Middle East for a long time.

Albania is nearly 60% muslim yet caucasian - are they not Europe?

Step back from the pigeon-hole mind set of the US and you will discover how the world really is as opposed to Hollywood.
So, you're saying the average Turkish person looks something intermediate between European white and Arab.

The crossroads of east and west, so to speak?
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Western Asia (Cyprus, Anatolia, Transcaucasia, West Persia, Mesopotamia, the Levant, Sinai, Arabia) = Near East.
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