Middle East

The Middle East is a region mainly in Western , between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. While the region is known for its arid climate, not all of the land consists of desert.

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is a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty. Photo: Hanneshafner, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a bi-continental country: while geographically most of the country is situated in , Eastern Thrace is part of Europe and many Turks have a sense of European identity. Photo: Moonik, CC BY-SA 3.0.

, formerly Persia, can be considered part of the Middle East or ; indeed the Persian Empire was the dominant Central Asian power for many centuries. Photo: Wikimedia, GFDL.

The State of is a small yet diverse Middle Eastern country. Photo: Bienchido, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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is a republic in the Middle East. While contains ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, it has been ravaged by war and oppression for the last century. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

is one of the larger states of the Middle East. Photo: Yvonnefm, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a kingdom which geographically dominates the Arabian peninsula. Photo: Mardetanha, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, south of . Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

The or simply the Emirates is a country rich in history and culture at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Photo: Simisa, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The Palestinian territories consist of two physically separate entities, the and the , in the Middle East. Photo: KlausFoehl, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The Republic of is a country in the Middle East on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

is an Arab kingdom in the Middle East, at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

, officially the Sultanate of , is a country on the southeastern coast of the in Western Asia. Photo: Alfred Weidinger, CC BY 2.0.

is one of the least developed and poorest countries in the Middle East and has endured a bloody civil war since at least 2011. Photo: JamesA, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a rich Arab state occupying a small peninsula extending into the Persian Gulf to the north of . Photo: paultraf, CC BY 2.0.

The Kingdom of is a Middle Eastern archipelago in the Persian Gulf, tucked into a pocket of the sea flanked by and . Photo: Peter, CC BY 2.0.

is a monarchy at the Persian Gulf, bordering and . Photo: jackversloot, CC BY 2.0.

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