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As one of the wellsprings of human civilisation in the ancient and medieval worlds, the birthplace of several world religions and an area of much modern economic and political importance, the Middle East remains a popular destination for travellers.

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Despite being a relatively new tourist destination, is essentially a desert city with superb infrastructure and liberal policies that became popular for its excellent tourist amenities.
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“Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's , not Constantinople” — Jimmy Kennedy, , 1953 As the above, profound lyrics demonstrate, is not Constantinople.
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The climate in has a vast diversity depending on the diverse topography and latitude.
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is the smallest of the independent Persian Gulf states, and has often had to walk a diplomatic tightrope in relation to its larger neighbours.
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The is a region located between the Black and Caspian Seas.
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Prior to 's accession to European Union, evidence of entry to Northern resulted in denial of entry to the Greek part of at the very least.
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The main divisions of Islam are Shi'a and Sunni. The split goes back to a time just after the Prophet's death; would the movement be controlled by some of his leading followers, or by his family, in particular by his son-in-law Ali?
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is the birthplace of many of the Earth's oldest civilizations, including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians and Babylonians.
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See also #Do for Parks and Reserves. While the current state of is a relatively new country founded in 1948, the "land of Israel" has a long, complex history stretching back thousands of years to the beginnings of human civilization.
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During early and classical antiquity, the area of what is now was home to ancient kingdoms.
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Many cities in have English names which are significantly different from their Arabic names; the Roman versions of the Arabic names are given in parentheses below.
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Until Sultan Qaboos bin Said exiled the previous Sultan in 1970, was an under-developed nation, almost completely closed to visitors and badly manipulated by the British, although never annexed.
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Much of the are governed by the Palestinian National Authority, a semi-autonomous state institution created in agreement with and the United Nations.
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If you are not eligible for a free transit visa, then you will have to pay.
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Expect significant variations in the English spellings of place names in schedules and even road signs: Al Wajh and Wedjh are the same place.
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's population has fallen from 21.9 million people in 2009 to 18.3 million in 2017.
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The largest of these by far is , while probably the best known is .
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is a difficult country to get around, but the rewards for the persistent visitor are an unforgettable experience, with very friendly and open hosts.
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Middle East

  • Location: 
  • Population:  2,010
  • Latitude of center:  28° 32' 7.3" (28.5354°) north
  • Longitude of center:  48° 25' 46" (48.4295°) east
  • Wikidata:  Middle East
  • Wikimedia Commons:  Middle East

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