Home to a hot, arid climate and, more recently, some of the best architecture and shopping in the world, the Middle East is a destination like no other. Islam is the largest religion in the Middle East but other faiths such as Judaism and Christianity are also well represented. The top five languages are Arabic, Persian, Turkisj, Berber and Kurdish. The economies of the Middle East range from very poor (Gaza and Yemen) to extremely prosperous (Qatar and UAE), so there's a wide aray of experiences to be had in the Middle East. 

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