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 2022
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: May 20, 2022
First submittedAugust 26, 2016
Times taken56,711
Average score73.3%
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Population
City
21.9 mil
Cairo
16.5 mil
Istanbul
15.8 mil
Tehran
8.80 mil
Riyadh
7.30 mil
Baghdad
6.05 mil
Alexandria
6.05 m
Dubai
5.70 mil
Amman
5.30 mil
Jeddah
5.25 mil
Ankara
4.33 mil
Kuwait City
3.98 mil
Damascus
3.30 mil
Isfahan
3.30 mil
Mashhad
3.18 mil
İzmir
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Level 82
Aug 26, 2016
Great quiz! Nice job!
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Level 64
Aug 26, 2016
Thanks!
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Level 72
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 74
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 27
Feb 1, 2021
Tel-Aviv-Yafo in Israel has a population of over 4M

https://populationstat.com/israel/tel-aviv

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Level 70
May 29, 2022
Because it’s a tiny state with a massive city, in which most of the people live? The way you ask, it sounds like you think such a thing impossible? You should look at the Vatican, 100% of its population live in it’s capital!
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Level 55
May 29, 2022
I din’t think you read their comment…
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Level 75
Oct 14, 2016
JIDDAH!
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Level 83
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 76
Jul 4, 2020
I've never seen the transliterations of Jiddah, Makkah or Madinah.
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Level 60
Aug 4, 2020
And so type-ins should be added.
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Level 56
May 29, 2022
It varies wildly depending on where you're from. In my accent its Gaddah
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Level 65
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 65
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 64
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 47
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
May 29, 2022
Man really just tried to explain Transcontinental countries to QM
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Level 73
Jun 1, 2022
Maybe it's time to jettison "the Middle East" as the best term and delineation for a region. It's Eurocentric to the core, with the Balkans constituting the Near East and anything beyond Iran, the Far East. It makes no sense outside of a historical European perspective that has historical European interests at heart. One can instead work with West Asia (or Southwest Asia); West Asia and North Africa; the Arab (majority) world; or something similar. Each of these would draw the borders somewhat differently - and those borders would remain forever debatable - but, after all, this is the site where people get pretty worked up about the continental status of Cyprus.
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Level 70
May 29, 2022
This reminds my of my first year at university, studied History and Politics and I took a module called ‘Politics of the Middle East,’ and the very first week was on “Defining the Middle East.” By the end of which, every one is in agreement that there is no agreed definition of what exactly the Middle East includes. Although, the ‘middle’ bit comes from old British colonial speak. They referred to everywhere not in the Western world as ‘The East,’ China being the Far East, and the Near East often meaning Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus etc. Egypt though, is always referred to as being both Middle East and North Africa, mainly due to cultural ties, religion, language and the not inconsiderable role it plays/played in regional politics/conflict. Maybe have a look at Edward Said’s ‘Orientalism.’
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Level 58
Jan 23, 2017
Do I finally know how to spell 'Jeddah', then you come along with Mashhad. Blergh.
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Level 52
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 31
Jan 24, 2017
accept isfaghan
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Level 64
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 51
Sep 1, 2017
Esfahan, please.
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Level 29
Apr 6, 2020
its persian
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Level 87
Jul 1, 2018
Is that a joke?
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2017
Damn you Iran.
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Level 50
Jan 25, 2017
Isfahan!!
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Level 70
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 66
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 54
May 29, 2022
Um... this is a map quiz...
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Level 33
Feb 13, 2018
One can learn a lot from EUIV
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Level 35
Feb 15, 2018
15/15 3:00
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Level 47
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 60
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 50
May 20, 2019
where is tel aviv?
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Level 76
May 20, 2019
In Israel
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Level 57
May 20, 2019
please accept jedah with one h
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Level 63
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 50
Dec 30, 2019
Accept Ispahan please!
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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2019
Sure, why not.
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Level 51
Jan 26, 2020
Please accept Abu Dhabi
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Level 64
Jan 26, 2020
But it's not an answer..?
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Level 54
May 29, 2022
This reminds me of the time when some people wanted Afrikaans to be accepted and didn't understand why it was refused even though it wasn't an answer.
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Level 70
May 29, 2022
And I think you should accept Palikir. By exactly the same logic…
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Level 57
Aug 28, 2020
Weird the way the h is necessary in Riyadh, but not Jeddah, despite neither being pronounced in English. (also Mashhad but it's a double)
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Level 63
Aug 30, 2020
More typeins for Isfahan please
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Level 53
Sep 10, 2020
No Jerusalem or Tel Aviv - Yafo?
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Level 51
Oct 26, 2020
100%
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Level 55
Aug 5, 2021
turkey is not in the middle east tho
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Level 70
May 29, 2022
A few million Kurds might disagree
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Level 34
Aug 25, 2021
i got all right 3:16 left
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Level 19
Dec 2, 2021
Beirut is 18 Square Miles Or 67 Square kilometers while damascus is 17 square miles or 43 miles. So beirut is bigger
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Level 55
Dec 31, 2021
mate this is not an area quiz.. that would be pretty useless
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Level 28
Dec 19, 2021
Dang it i forgot that Isfahan existed!!
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Level 52
Mar 2, 2022
Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashhad are the only Iranian cities I know, wasn't expecting Isfahan to be an answer but I was desperate so I put it in, 100% with 3:12 remaining
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Level 70
Jun 2, 2022
Why does Riyadh need the "h" at the end to be accepted, but Jeddah doesn't?
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Level 74
Jul 14, 2022
...good question.

Also: why does Isfahan need the H in it to be accepted, but Te(h)ran does not?

And Mashad is also accepted.

To Quizzer 6794, please do not take this as criticism or aggression, I'm just wondering if there is a reason. It's a great quiz.