Countries within the above area Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen
Fast Facts on select Middle East countries
Israel has a total land and water area of 20,770 square kilometers and is slightly bigger than the state of New Jersey. Both the Gaza Strip and what is called the West Bank are occupied by the state of Israel. Their status is subject to an Interim Agreement. The West Bank, with a total area of 2,262 square miles (5,860 square kilometers), is the larger of the two areas comprising the Palestinian territories. In 1950 the state of Israel declared that Jerusalem was its capital, but the United States and many other countries around the world do not maintain an embassy in the city but rather have one in Tel Aviv.
Jordan has a total land and water area of 89,342 square kilometers, which is ranked 112th in the world. The country is a little smaller than the state of Indiana. Its population is 6,482,081. Jordan's ecomony is one of the smallest in the Middle East.
Kuwait has a total land and water area of 17,818 square kilometers, which makes it somewhat smaller than the state of New Jersey. Though the nation is relatively small, it contains the world's seventh largest proven reserves of crude oil. It also has the world's largest budget surplus in terms of GDP.
Syria has a total land and water area of 185,180 square kilometers, making it a little bigger than the state of North Dakota. The country has one of the greatest budget deficits in the world based on GDP.
Turkey has a total land and water area of 783,562 square kilometers, which is ranked 37th in the world. It has a total population of 80,694,485 people. It is the world's tenth largest importer of natural gas.
Yemen has a total land and water area of 527,968 square kilometers, which is a little more than double the size of the state of Wyoming. The country depends on its declining oil reserves for 70% of its revenue.
World Rank of Internet Users
for select countries (2009)
15 - Turkey - 27,233,000
21 - Egypt - 20,136,000
30 - Saudi Arabia - 9,774,000
35 - Iran - 8,214,000
51 - Israel - 4,525,000
52 - Syria - 4,469,000
World Rank of Internet Hosts
for select countries (2012)
16 - Turkey - 7,093,000
36 - Israel - 2,483,000
59 - Georgia - 357,864
61 - United Arab Emirates - 337,804
71 - Egypt - 200,430
72 - Iran - 197,804