15 Largest Cities in the Middle East (with a map)

Using the map, name the 15 most populous urban areas in the Middle East.
Urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2020
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Last updated: February 10, 2020
First submittedAugust 26, 2016
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Population
City
21.0 mil
Cairo
16.0 mil
Istanbul
15.3 mil
Tehran
8.05 mil
Riyadh
7.00 mil
Baghdad
5.80 mil
Alexandria
5.60 mil
Amman
5.35 mil
Dubai
5.05 mil
Ankara
4.95 mil
Jeddah
4.75 mil
Kuwait City
3.83 mil
Damascus
3.20 mil
Isfahan
3.20 mil
Mashhad
3.03 mil
İzmir
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Level 73
Aug 26, 2016
Great quiz! Nice job!
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Level 63
Aug 26, 2016
Thanks!
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Level 73
Aug 26, 2016
Haha these scores are exactly as I would expect them to be and match exactly how well I did. National capital, national capital, major city, major city, etc., lesser cities that I've heard of... Wait, there are more cities in Iran than the capital? Not gonna get those...
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Level 71
Oct 7, 2016
kuwiat as a country has just 3.6 millions. how it possible for its capital to contain more that 4 million peoples. your source is definitely wrong. try other sources like cia factbook.
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Level ∞
Oct 30, 2016
https://www.citypopulation.de/php/kuwait-admin.php

I wonder if the difference is in how migrant workers, which comprise the majority of the population, are counted? But why do you assume our source is "definitely" wrong and the CIA World Factbook is right. Our source has a detailed breakdown, the CIA World Factbook doesn't.

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Level 73
Oct 14, 2016
JIDDAH!
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Level 79
Jan 23, 2017
Are you from the Middle East? I first encountered that spelling only after I traveled there. I think it's new. Mecca has transitioned to Makkah. Medina to Madinah. Spelling seems to be a moving target when it comes to names that are transliterated into other scripts. See Peking > Beijing and Bombay > Mumbai or Calcutta > Kolkata.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
Not only that, even in the local languages of places, just study old maps. I've always found it fascinating to see the change of placenames through the centuries. Sometimes clearly miscopied maps, sometimes different sources of words that hadn't been seen written before. And the usual shifts that happened in all words of a language not just placenames.
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Level 65
Jul 4, 2020
I've never seen the transliterations of Jiddah, Makkah or Madinah.
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Level 59
Aug 4, 2020
And so type-ins should be added.
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Level 55
Oct 30, 2016
Only the Sinai is in the Middle East, the rest of Egypt is in North Africa which includes both Cairo and Alexandria.
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Level ∞
Oct 30, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2017
I saw your link, but whoever updated that page on Wikipedia made a slight mistake on Egypt. Some countries are transcontinental and have cities on two continents. For example, Moscow is in the European part of Russia while Vladivostok is in the Asian part of Russia. Much of Istanbul is in Europe while Ankara is in Asia. In Egypt Cairo is in Africa but Sharm El Sheik is in the Middle East.
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Level 63
Apr 10, 2017
gzx5, you're confusing "Middle East" and "Western Asia". The Middle East actually spans over Egypt and isn't monocontinental.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2019
Yes, the Middle East includes all of Egypt, and the European part of Turkey, while Western Asia includes the Sinai peninsula of Egypt (which is in Asia), Turkey excluding the European part, and the Caucasus (which the Middle East doesn't).
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Level 55
Jan 23, 2017
Do I finally know how to spell 'Jeddah', then you come along with Mashhad. Blergh.
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Level 44
Jan 23, 2017
I got most of the obvious ones: Was surprised that Doha was not there but that is too small.
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Level 32
Jan 24, 2017
accept isfaghan
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Level 63
Jan 24, 2017
Wikipedia shows Isfahan, Sepahan, Hispahan, and former names Spahān and Aspadana. Let's just say Arabic doesn't concisely translate to English.
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Level 52
Sep 1, 2017
Esfahan, please.
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Level 28
Apr 6, 2020
its persian
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Level 81
Jul 1, 2018
Is that a joke?
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Level 61
Jan 24, 2017
Damn you Iran.
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Level 44
Jan 25, 2017
Isfahan!!
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2017
Good quiz!
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Level 44
Apr 24, 2017
I was wondering how there are still so many people in Syria. Aren't they all basically dead by now?
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Level 64
Oct 30, 2017
Um no they're not all dead.
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Level 30
Nov 9, 2017
Here is a map quiz for this
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Level 33
Feb 13, 2018
One can learn a lot from EUIV
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Level 36
Feb 15, 2018
15/15 3:00
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Level 48
Apr 5, 2018
15/15 3:34
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Level 27
Apr 16, 2018
Its Jiddah in Saudi Arabia not Jeddah. If you will not change the spelling at least accept Jiddah as a correct answer. I was going crazy . Otherwise nice quiz
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Level 57
Feb 10, 2019
It's Jeddah (some accept without the 'H' on the end) on every other quiz on here. There are quizzes for cities and nations in their native languages...
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Level 51
May 20, 2019
where is tel aviv?
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Level 77
May 20, 2019
In Israel
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Level 54
May 20, 2019
please accept jedah with one h
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Level 65
May 22, 2019
I just learned about the existence of two pretty large Iranian cities. Otherwise, it was a fairly easy quiz.
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Level 47
Dec 30, 2019
Accept Ispahan please!
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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2019
Sure, why not.