Interesting facts about the Middle East!
1. The most commonly used languages in the Middle East include Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Berber and Kurdish.
2. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth as we know it, sitting at a remarkable 420 meters below sea level! Deep, almost as deep as my poetry.
3. The tallest building in the world (as of March 2014) is the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. It is 2717 feet high. This is more than twice the size of the Empire State Building, which is 1,250 feet tall.
4. The land around the Tigris and Euphrates is called Mesopotamia. The world’s first civilization, Sumer, developed here.
5. Gerbils, the little fuzzy balls of love, were firstly discovered in Syria in 1797. Adorable little things!
6. Mocha is a delicious drink mixed with coffee and chocolate. The word Mocha actually comes from Mocha, a port in the Red Sea in Yemen. Until 1990, the latter was the main port for exporting Arabic coffee (a type of espresso) to the world.
7. In 2007, American scientists discovered a “20-foot-long giant mushroom” in Saudi Arabia. It is believed that these mushrooms dominated Saudi territory; until they became extinct 350 million years ago.
8. The Middle East is a vast region. Its total area is nearly 3,500,000 square miles (9,000,000 square kilometers), which is only slightly smaller than the United States. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East. Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf and the smallest country in the Middle East.