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Middle East

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No, it is an official Candidate of European Union, which should be considered to remove Turkey from MidEast
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* [[Damascus]] — credited with being the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world, the old-walled city in particular feels very ancient
* [[Dubai]] — most modern and progressive emirate in the [[United Arab Emirates]], developing at an unbelievable pace
* [[Istanbul]] — the only major city to span two continents and a fascinating melting pot of East and West
* [[Jerusalem]] — containing the [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]] of the Old City, this city is sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims.
* [[Mecca]] — forbidden for non-Muslims to enter, this is the holiest city in Islam mostly known for the [[Hajj]]
On the other side, [[Central Asia]] also has much in common with the Middle East. Ethnic groups and languages are different, but the religion, much of the food, clothing, and architecture are similar. [[Iran]] could be counted as part of either region; at one point most of Central Asia was part of the Persian Empire.
The border between southeastern [[Europe]] and the Middle East is also unclear. Many writers include [[Turkey]] in their usage of "Middle East" and we include it above, but parts of Turkey are very much European. Large parts of Turkey and all All of [[Lebanon]] and [[Israel]] are also clearly Mediterranean regions. On the other hand, several countries usually considered European — [[Greece]], [[Cyprus]] and to some extent the [[Balkans]] — also have Middle Eastern aspects to their culture.
==Get in==
[[Arabic phrasebook|Arabic]] is the primary language of the region, and the main language in all Middle Eastern countries except [[Iran]] (where [[Persian phrasebook|Persian]] predominates), [[Turkey]] ([[Turkish phrasebook|Turkish]]) and [[Israel]] ([[Hebrew phrasebook|Hebrew]]). Even in those countries, Arabic is fairly common as a second language; in Israel, Arabic is a second official language. [[Yiddish]], [[Ladino]], [[Kurdish]], [[Azerbaijani_phrasebook|Azeri]], [[Armenian]] and several other languages are also spoken in some regions.
English is moderately common in tourist areas and generally rare elsewhere. In Turkey, some German is spoken because many Turks work in Germany.
* [[From Istanbul to Cairo]] classic overland route
* [[Hajj]] — the Muslim pilgrimage to [[Mecca]] and [[Medina]]
* [[Ferries_in_The_Red_Sea| Ferries across the Red Sea]]
==Get out==
* [[Turkey]] and [[Cyprus]] — with lots of border posts and extensive transportation alternatives, southern Turkey is well linked to [[Syria]]. It alternativesIt may also be possible to take cruises to the island nation of Cyprus from Syria as well as [[Lebanon]].
* [[Egypt]] — with [[Cairo to Jerusalem by bus|buses]] from [[Israel]] and [[Ferries in The Red Sea|ferries]] from [[Jordan]], Egypt is an easy trip from the region.
* [[South Asia]] — the [[Istanbul to New Delhi over land|"Hippie Trail"]], after traversing Turkey and [[Iran]] from one end to another (and dipping into [[Iraq]] at a time in history) goes onward to [[Pakistan]].

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