Tehran has a population of around 8.694 million making it the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East. Tehran was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796. The majority of the population of Tehran are Persian-speaking people, but there are large populations of other ethno-linguistic groups who live in Tehran and speak Persian as a second language. Tehran has an international airport (Imam Khomeini Airport) , a domestic airport (Mehrabad Airport), a central railway station, the rapid transit system of Tehran Metro, a bus rapid transit system, trolleybuses, and a large network of highways. Tehran wheelchair access is poor, but not as bad as some would expect.
Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan, and the country’s economic, political and cultural centre. Situated in north-central Jordan, the city has a population of 4,007,526 and a land area of 1,680 square kilometres. Amman is considered to be among the most modernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination in the region, particularly among Arab and European tourists. Amman is predominantly filled with historic sites that frequently host cultural activities, while West Amman is more modern and serves as the economic center of the city. Amman was named one of the Middle East and North Africa’s best cities according to economic, labor, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Amman wheelchair access is very poor, making disability travel a real challenge.
Egypt’s capital Cairo, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views. In a wheelchair you cannot visit the Pyramids. When they were built the concept of ‘wheelchair access’ was not really a thing (damned Pharaohs). However, you can visit the Solar Boat Museum. Opened in 2001, it has ramps that make it quite accessible. Also, the light and sound show that the pyramids put on daily has an area that is designated for wheelchair users. Better still, you get access right up at the front. Cairo is of a low standard presenting challenges for travellers with really substantial mobility impairments.