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Bahrain

Location: Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia
Population: 698,585
note: includes 235,108 non-nationals (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu

Cyprus

Location: Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey
Population: 784,301 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Greek, Turkish, English

Egypt

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula
Population: 78,887,007 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes

Iran

Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan
Population: 68,688,433 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Persian and Persian dialects 58%, Turkic and Turkic dialects 26%, Kurdish 9%, Luri 2%, Balochi 1%, Arabic 1%, Turkish 1%, other 2%

Iraq

Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait
Population: 26,783,383 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian

Israel

Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon
Population: 6,352,117
note: includes about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in
Languages: Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most commonly used foreign language

Jordan

Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia
Population: 5,906,760 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes

Kuwait

Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
Population: 2,418,393
note: includes 1,291,354 non-nationals (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Lebanon

Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria
Population: 3,874,050 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian

Oman

Location: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE
Population: 3,102,229
note: includes 577,293 non-nationals (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English, Baluchi, Urdu, Indian dialects

Palestinian territories

Location: Middle East, west of Jordan
Population: 2,460,492
note: in addition, there are about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank an
Languages: Arabic, Hebrew (spoken by Israeli settlers and many Palestinians), English (widely understood)

Qatar

Location: Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
Population: 885,359 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language

Saudi Arabia

Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen
Population: 27,019,731
note: includes 5,576,076 non-nationals (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic

Syria

Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey
Population: 18,881,361
note: in addition, about 40,000 people live in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heig
Languages: Arabic (official); Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian widely understood; French, English somewhat understood

United Arab Emirates

Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
Population: 2,602,713 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu

Yemen

Location: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
Population: 21,456,188 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Arabic
Largest cities in Middle East
 
Al Basrah
Alexandria
Baghdad
Cairo
Damascus
Dubai
El-Giza
Esfahan
Jiddah
Kuwait City
Mashhad
Mosul
Riyadh
Tehran
Tel Aviv
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