Seven Fascinating Facts About the Middle East You Didn’t Know


These fascinating facts about the Middle East are likely things you didn’t know.

The Middle East is an integral part of the world that is well-known for its enormous cultural legacy and long history.

The fact that this region of the world is full of surprises and novelty is something that many Arabs and people in the region frequently overlook, marginalise, and forget.

Here are some fascinating facts about the Middle East to help you learn more about some of the region’s most enduring characteristics:

  1. Assassin’s Creed.

The war between the “Assassins,” who fight for freedom and peace, and the “Templars,” who think that peace can only be attained by controlling humanity, is the central theme of the action-adventure video game Assassin’s Creed.

The players of this video game are unaware that the assassins shown in it are based on actual assassins who existed in Syria and Persia (now known as Iran) between the 11th and 13th centuries. These assassins were called “Hashishiyyin”.

  1. Mocha.

Mocha is a delectable beverage that combines chocolate and coffee.

The origin of the word Mocha is a port on the Red Sea in Yemen called Mocha.

Up to 1990, the latter was the most important exporting Arabian coffee, a potent, dark-brown kind of coffee, to the rest of the world.

  1. A Place on Earth That Appears to Be “Alien-Looking.”

Located in the centre of the Indian Ocean, the island of Socotra is a hot and dry area.

This Arabian Sea archipelago consists of four islands, and Yemen is where they are all located.

It is also known as “The Socotra Island of Strange Plants,” despite being relatively remote, it is home to about 44,000 people.

This island has such a small population that it is home to over 700 types of exceedingly uncommon animals and vegetation. Third of these plant and animal species are unique to the planet.

  1. Bringing In Camels and Sand from Abroad.

Despite being well known for its vast deserts and camel riding, Saudi Arabia imports sand and camels from Australia.

Saudis primarily use camels to transport people and goods but do not appear to find their “ships of the desert” tasty.

Australia’s camels seem to have a more excellent flavour and are healthier. At the same time, the sand found in the kingdom is not appropriate for construction.

  1. Twenty-Foot-Tall Mushrooms.

American researchers found a massive “20-foot fungus” in Saudi Arabia in 2007.

These mushrooms are thought to have dominated Saudi Arabia until they went extinct 350 million years ago.

  1. Springs Are Evaporating.

Natural springs in Saudi Arabia are increasingly disappearing due to uneven farming methods.

If this situation persists, the country will eventually be obliged to buy all its food from foreign suppliers.

  1. The Citation Of “Muhammad.”

The most popular baby boy name in the world is “Muhammad.”

According to estimates, the name of the Muslim prophet is shared by more than 150 million men and boys.