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Facts about Middle East

This is not a continent, but a region

The largest ethnic group are Arabs

The Middle East its largest religion is Islam

Countries in 3 continents are part of the Middle East

The world largest building, Burj Khalifa, can be seen in the UAE

Part of the Middle East is believed to be the cradle of civilization

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Background info

This is not a continent, but a region that consists of 18 countries. 16 of them can be found in Asia, 1 in Africa, 1 in Europe and one country that straddles both the European as the Asian continent. Here’s a list of all the countries:

Most of the people that live in this part of the world speak Arab. Other languages that are widely spoken here are Persian, Turkish, Berber, Kurdish, French and English.

The main religion is the Islam, the majority of the people are Muslim.

About 60% of the population is under 25 years old.

Some of the world’s oldest civilizations are connected to parts of today’s Middle East. Egyptian, Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian. The Egyptian is even known as the cradle of civilization. Which makes this region a very interesting one to travel through.

It might not be the first region you think of when planning a family holiday, but it sure is a diverse one with countries filled with beautiful people, scenic landscapes and heaps of culture!

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