Travel the World: The Middle East

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United Arab Emirates?

Because of widespread problems with underage child labor in camel racing, the United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries now prohibit human jockeys.

Bahrain?

The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge should be under construction by the end of 2009. When it's done, it will be the longest bridge in the world -- 25 miles (40 kilometers) long.

Tabriz, Iran?

The city of Tabriz came into the spotlight as the hometown of Mir Hussein Moussavi. According to the results of the 2009 presidential election, President Ahmedinejad beat Moussavi in Tabriz -- Moussavi's supporters point to this as proof that the election was rigged.

Dubai?

Answers 1 and 3 are probably close, but right now Dubai can lay claim to only answer 2 -- the world's tallest building.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?

Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh in 1957.

Syria?

Syria has been so unstable since it gained independence from the French in 1946 that it has been under "emergency law" for almost 50 years. This means that its citizens don't have full constitutional protection.

Gaza Strip?

In addition to the steel wall, there are now sensors and underground barriers to prevent tunneling and smuggling between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Hindu Kush?

The towering Hindu Kush mountains, a subrange of the Himalayas, are thought to be the hiding place of bin Laden.

Oman?

The coastline of Oman, which stretches around the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, has been guarded over the centuries by more than 500 forts and castles.

Beirut?

A hoppin' nightlife might not be what immediately comes to mind when you think about Beirut, but Lonely Planet begs to differ. Who knew?

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