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Middle East Introduction
The Middle East region comprises of countries belonging to Western Asia and parts of Northern Africa. A historic part of the world, Middle East, despite its hot and arid weather is a perfect destination to travel. Some parts of Middle East have been termed as sensitive areas, but, the region has always been the center of world affairs from different points of view. Nevertheless, tourism in most of the Middle Eastern countries is popular and worthy. Countries that form a part of Middle East are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel.
After becoming independent these Middle East countries were ruled by monarchs and dictators. However, two severe problems that most of these countries faced are the economic development and political instability. The reason behind the instability of politics of this region is because of internal conflicts and wars as well as external pressure from World superpowers. All this has lead to the fall of monarchy and the formation of democracy in many Middle East countries since 1990s.
The climate of the Middle East region portrays great variety. The desert areas are low in rainfall with an average of about 4 inch per annum and extremely high temperature. However, the areas lying along the coast of Mediterranean sea and Black sea experiences temperature that is relatively low due to the presence of water. The climate of these regions is moderate and nice.
Many old and significant cities of the world are situated in the Middle East. For instance, Jerusalem, Cairo, Mecca, Istanbul, Baghdad, Damascus are some truly significant and lovely cities. In addition, you can also see ruins of many historic cities in countries like Egypt among others.
Moreover, the extremely picturesque landscapes of the region are also mesmerizing. You can find sand dunes and deserts along with lakes and mountains as well as can see the varied underwater world in the Middle East region. In addition, the lovely and simple people are also worth seeing.
Top destinations of the Middle East include Esfahan and Persepolis in Iran; Damascus, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria; Jerusalem, Beirut and Baalbek in Lebanon; Madain Saleh in Saudi Arabia; Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan; and Dhofar and Sharqiya Region in Oman along with many others.
Culture & People
Countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran are counted as largest economies of the Middle East along with Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Cyprus. The Gaza Strip and West Bank, which are the areas of the autonomous Palestinian Authority, are the least developed economies of the Middle East.
Some of these economies are dependent on oil and oil based products, whereas other on diverse activities. Important industries of the region include oil industries, agricultural products, dairy farm, textile, leather and so on. Banking and tourism are also popular sectors of many economies.
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