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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 2019
Last updated: February 18, 2019
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Population
City
20.5 mil
Cairo
15.8 mil
Istanbul
15.0 mil
Tehran
7.75 mil
Riyadh
6.85 mil
Baghdad
5.70 mil
Alexandria
5.45 mil
Amman
4.98 mil
Ankara
4.90 mil
Dubai
4.78 mil
Jeddah
4.68 mil
Kuwait City
3.75 mil
Damascus
3.15 mil
Mashhad
3.15 mil
Isfahan
3.02 mil
İzmir
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level 71
Aug 26, 2016
Great quiz! Nice job!
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level 57
Aug 26, 2016
Thanks!
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level 69
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 70
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 72
Oct 14, 2016
JIDDAH!
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level 75
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 54
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 54
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 57
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 55
Jan 23, 2017
Do I finally know how to spell 'Jeddah', then you come along with Mashhad. Blergh.
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level 49
Jan 23, 2017
Why isn't Aleppo on here if Damascus is?
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level 75
Jan 23, 2017
I've seen Aleppo sometimes listed as the largest city in Syria and sometimes 2nd or 3rd. It probably has to do with how you measure. Or maybe how many thousands of people Assad has butchered there this month.
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level 49
Jan 23, 2017
I think kal might actually be right about the Assad thing. It might just be me but I remember Aleppo being listed as bigger than Damascus a while ago.
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level 52
Jan 24, 2017
Or the fact that at least half of the city's people have fled or been killed...
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level 57
Jan 24, 2017
for pretty obvious and well-known reasons. Syria hasn't been at its best as of late...
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level 54
Feb 24, 2018
Because it's smaller :*/
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level 43
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 57
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 67
Jul 1, 2018
Is that a joke?
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level 56
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 45
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 58
Oct 30, 2017
Um no they're not all dead.
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level 29
Nov 9, 2017
Here is a map quiz for this
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level 24
Feb 13, 2018
One can learn a lot from EUIV
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level 37
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 52
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...