The Middle East is a region in western Asia and north-eastern Africa. The term "Middle East" was created by British military strategists in the 19th century, and definitions of it vary; it is not simply a geographical term, but also a Eurocentric political one, connoting that it separates Europe from the Far East.
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Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis and global city on the Arabian Peninsula. One of the ten most popular tourist destinations in the world, it is developing at an unbelievable pace, especially in tourism and trade.
Mecca or Makkah, located in western Saudi Arabia, is the holiest city in Islam. It is strictly forbidden for Non-Muslims to enter the city and this is strongly enforced.
Tehran, is the capital city of Iran. A bustling metropolis of 14 million people, it is situated at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range.
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Iran is a large country between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea.
The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
The Republic of Lebanon is a small country within the Middle East region with its capital being Beirut.
Jordan is a country in the Middle East almost completely landlocked. Jordan is bordered by Israel and the West Bank to the west, by Syria to the north, by Iraq to the east and by Saudi Arabia to the south.
The Middle East Sultanate of Oman is on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula.
The Palestinian territories consist of two physically separate entities, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and are not considered part of any sovereign nation.
Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country that occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and has coastlines on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea.
Syria was one of the larger states of the Middle East but is now in prospect of fragmentation.
Iraq is a country in the Middle East. It lies at the north end of the Persian Gulf and has a small coastline in the southeast of the country.
Yemen is on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and sharing borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Kuwait is a country in the Middle East. It is located at the head of the Arabian Gulf, with Iraq to the north and west, and Saudi Arabia to the southwest.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is a Middle Eastern archipelago in the Persian Gulf, tucked into a pocket of the sea flanked by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Golan Heights is a rocky plateau at the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains, and straddles the borders of Syria and Israel.
Levant is an imprecisely defined region in the Middle East south of the Taurus Mountains, bounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the west, and by the northern Arabian Desert and Upper Mesopotamia to the east.
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