Geographically, the Middle East encompasses regions of North Africa and Western Asia. This area is extremely rich in terms of culture, history and religion. If a definition of Middle East is not expanded to a Greater Middle East, this geographical area counts 18 countries: Egypt, Iran, West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Iraq, the Gaza Strip (technically a territory), Cyprus, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
In the first part of this article, capitals will be examined, while in the second part, the same pattern will be applied to countries.
This overview of the Middle East includes basic facts about both capitals and countries (such as the population, area, etc), ideal for basic fact searching for a research project, or to be used for its stats when revising for an exam.