Christmas Trees in the Middle East: Some of the Best

Published November 30th, 2021 - 11:18 GMT
Christmas Trees in the Middle East
Christmas tree in Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE (Shutterstock: S-F)

It is the jolly season again and everybody is preparing for the holidays by buying and decorating their Christmas trees. Meanwhile, we choose to highlight some of the best and most popular Christmas Trees in the Middle East.

Since this holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem at the heart of the Middle East, it is only natural to live exceptional holiday moments in the region.

In the article, we will take a look at some of the most popular Christmas trees in the Middle East.

As December starts, you start to see Christmas lights and decorations in the streets, on houses, shopping malls, and other public venues across the region. 

Christmas Trees in the Middle East
2021 Celebrations -Byblos, Lebanon - Source: Twitter @ElianeMezher

While it is hard to tour around the many countries in the region within a few days to learn about how the different communities celebrate the merry season, we seize the chance to take a virtual trip around the region to learn more about the biggest, the coolest, and the most famous Christmas trees in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia has been the latest country in the region to allow the purchase of Christmas trees and their ornaments after decades of conservative policies that strictly banned the celebration of the holiday.

In December 2020, online photos showed Christmas trees being put up in shops in a Saudi Arabian city for the first time ever. Yet, the country still has not announced setting up a Christmas tree in a public venue, at least not so far. But we can still take a few moments to see some of the best Christmas trees in the Middle East.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have limited holidays celebrations to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, lighting Christmas Trees has been the one tradition that has survived COVID-19 rules.

Since we are yet to see this year's trees in the coming days, this article will feature a number of the most popular Christmas trees in the Middle East over the past few years. 

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

1. Bethlehem, Palestine

We will start our "Christmas Trees in the Middle East" tour from the city where Jesus was born. The holiday's atmosphere in the city is magical all during December, with tourists pouring into the city from every corner around the world. 

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2019 - Outside the Church of Nativity - Source: Twitter @Palesonline

2. Beirut, Lebanon

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2018 - Christmas tree in Martyrs Square - Source: Twitter @chehayebk

 

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2020 - A Christmas tree in Beirut's Achrafieh district - AFP: ANWAR AMRO

3. Baghdad, Iraq

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2017 - Tree in al-Zawra amusement park - Twitter: @FoxNews and AP

4. Dubai, UAE

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2018 - Madinat Jumeirah - Source: Shutterstock's GagliardiPhotography

5. Amman, Jordan

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2014 - Boulevard Abdali - Source: Facebook/Fakhri Rihani

6. Cairo, Egypt

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2019 - Sheikh Zayed City, Giza, Egypt. Source: cairoscene.com

7. Tartus‎, Syria

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

 2018 - Source: Twitter @MIG29_

8. Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2012 - Source: Twitter: @burhandar

9. Doha, Qatar

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2014 - W Doha Hotel - Facebook: WGOQATAR

11. Basra, Iraq

Christmas Trees in the Middle East

2020 - An amusement park - Source: AFP: Hussein FALEH


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