Iconic Downtowns of the Middle East

Published July 10th, 2018 - 09:31 GMT

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Written by Sally Shakkour

'Downtown' refers to a city's core or central business district, often in a geographical or commercial sense. During the late 19th century, the term was gradually adopted by cities across the United States and Canada.

Downtowns usually reflect the country's tradition and history. Here are some well known 'downtowns' of the Middle East. Continue reading below »

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Downtown in Amman, Jordan. (Facebook)
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Al-Jamhuri street, Baghdad downtown, Iraq in 2001. Before war. (looklex.com)
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Beirut known as 'Paris of Middle East', downtown, Lebanon. (lebanoninapicture.com)
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Cairo downtown, Egypt. (Facebook)
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Carpets, crafts and souvenirs for sale at tourist market in Marrakech downtown on December 2016. (Shutterstock/ File)
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Street in the Qanawat, downtown Damascus, Syria. Before civil war. (Shutterstock/ File)
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Tunisia downtown. (staticflickr.com)
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Emirati people have newly created their own downtown in Dubai. (emaar.com)
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Downtown in Amman, Jordan. (Facebook)

Image 1 of 8Downtown in Amman, Jordan. (Facebook)

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Al-Jamhuri street, Baghdad downtown, Iraq in 2001. Before war. (looklex.com)

Image 2 of 8Al-Jamhuri street, Baghdad downtown, Iraq in 2001. Before war. (looklex.com)

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Beirut known as 'Paris of Middle East', downtown, Lebanon. (lebanoninapicture.com)

Image 3 of 8Beirut known as 'Paris of Middle East', downtown, Lebanon. (lebanoninapicture.com)

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Cairo downtown, Egypt. (Facebook)

Image 4 of 8Cairo downtown, Egypt. (Facebook)

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Carpets, crafts and souvenirs for sale at tourist market in Marrakech downtown on December 2016. (Shutterstock/ File)

Image 5 of 8Carpets, crafts and souvenirs for sale at tourist market in Marrakech downtown on December 2016. (Shutterstock/ File)

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Street in the Qanawat, downtown Damascus, Syria. Before civil war. (Shutterstock/ File)

Image 6 of 8Street in the Qanawat, downtown Damascus, Syria. Before civil war. (Shutterstock/ File)

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Tunisia downtown. (staticflickr.com)

Image 7 of 8Tunisia downtown. (staticflickr.com)

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Emirati people have newly created their own downtown in Dubai. (emaar.com)

Image 8 of 8Emirati people have newly created their own downtown in Dubai. (emaar.com)

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