Thriving Middle East cities – 2021 guide

The Middle East is often times we would say underrated. People don’t seem to realize just how great this part of the world is. Some of the most beautiful countries are located here. Only six countries are considered to be a part of the Middle East and those are the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. All of these countries are amazing locations to move to as there are dozens of thriving cities here. There are a lot of things that make these thriving Middle East cities good places to consider moving to or at least visiting at some point in the future chance why we have decided to write about them. There are many of them but we had to pick a couple of the ones that are thriving the most and that stand out in the crowd. So, if planning on traveling somewhere or moving to a Middle Eastern country, these surely are the best places to consider. And we are here to tell you just why that is so.

Saudi Arabia

Let us start with Saudi Arabia as it is the biggest out of the six Middle Eastern counties. There are plenty of cities here to consider but we have to shine some light on a city that not a lot of people are sadly talking about. It isn’t a very popular city like Riyadh is hence why people do not talk about it as much but it surely has been thriving over the last few years. It goes by the name Jubail.

There are plenty of great Saudi Arabia cities to consider but this one is by far the best.


Jubail is a small but very nice city. It also goes by the name Al Jubail. This is a coastal town located on the Arabian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia. There are plenty of people living here. The population of it is slowly coming to a million people. But what is making this city so attractive if it isn’t popular?

Well, it is the fact that it is one of the biggest industrial cities in the world. If you are someone who has a business or is planning on starting one after moving to the Middle East, this surely is the place for you. You can engage specialists to assist you after moving here as there are plenty of logistic companies in Jubail.

There are a couple of industrial areas in the city as well as a city center. The city center is where you will be living if you end up moving to Jubail and not just starting a business there. The city center is very modern and nice-looking. Jubail is a very clean city as is the rest of Saudi Arabia. This is why we would consider this place a very nice place for raising children.

Beach sunset.
There are some amazing beaches to be found in Jubail.

There are plenty of amazing restaurants here. A couple of big shopping centers as well and plenty of smaller ones. You can do anything there. There are cinemas and arcade centers you can go to. The beaches are great which is what is making this city also a great place for a vacation with your family.


The second country you should consider going to either touristically or to live there is Bahrain. This is another thriving Middle Eastern country with a couple of cities to consider moving to. But once again, we chose just one to write in detail about. And it is Manama.


This is the capital city of Bahrain and it is the most modern city in the country. It consists of a couple of very nice neighborhoods. Alnaim, Al Hoora, Adliya, and Uum Al Hassam are just some of Manamas neighborhoods. These are located in the center of the city and are some of the best neighborhoods here. These neighborhoods are divided into blocks in order to make it easier for people to find their way around the city. Moving to Manama most likely means living in one of the mentioned parts of town. And if you end up not liking the neighborhood you moved to, experts are there for you to help you relocate locally to another neighborhood.

Manama is a beautiful coastal city worth considering moving to.

There are plenty of amazing things to be said about this city. One of the things surely is the fact that there are plenty of things that you can do here. The center of the city is rich with historical landmarks that are the main touristic attractions of Manama. There are a lot of parks to be found in Manama as well. This is where you will find most of the families in Manama spending their free time. But when the days are hot and sunny you can spend your time in one of the many malls that are located in Manama. Restaurants, bars, cinemas, and plenty of other places are where you can also spend time with your family after moving to Bahrain.

This is a coastal town which means that there are beaches to be found in Manama. There are a couple of them which you will love. If visiting touristically, surely take out the time to go to the beach at least one day. If moving out of Kuwait or anywhere else to Manama, there are plenty of companies you can hire to relocate you.

Other thriving Middle East cities

There are plenty of thriving Middle East cities to consider both visiting and moving to but we just can’t sit here and write about each and every one of them. But we still can tell you some other cities to do more research on. And those surely are:

  • Doha
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Yanbu
  • Muscat
  • Aden
  • Jeddah.

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