The Arab world

Test your general knowledge of the Arab world region…

1. Which North African country boasts Berber as an official language?

Morocco's two official languages are Arabic and Berber.

2. How many emirates make up the UAE?

The UAE is made up of seven emirates. They are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain.

3. What percentage of the River Nile runs through Egypt?

Surprisingly, only 22 percent of the River Nile runs through Egypt.

4. At around 420 metres below sea level, where do you find the lowest point on Earth?

The lowest point on Earth is the Dead Sea, which lies in Israel and Jordan.

5. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are thought to have stood near which modern-day city?

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are thought to have been near to the ancient, Assyrian city of Ninevah, which is on the outskirts of modern-day Mosul, Iraq.

6. Which country gained independence from Britain in 1971?

It was Qatar, which was under British protection between 1916 and 1971. Not an easy question!

7. Which of the following English words does not originate from Arabic?

Many English words have Arabic roots, including alcohol and garbage. The word pyjamas, however, is from India!

8. The Queen of Sheba is most likely from which Arab nation?

Most modern scholars believe Sheba and the Arabian kingdom of Saba are one and the same. Saba would have been where the modern-day town of Marib lies, 75 miles (120 kilometres) east of Sana'a, Yemen.