Here is part 4 of the 5 part series on Facts About Middle Eastern Countries.

1-5 Facts About Middle Eastern Countries

Shepherd of the anus

1. There is evidence to support that Ancient Egypt had proctologists and their term for the position literally translates to “shepherd of the anus.” – Source

2. In Ancient Egypt, dwarfs were seen as people who had celestial gifts, were treated with the greatest respect and enjoyed the highest social positions. – Source

3. During a visit to Egypt in 2012, Hillary Clinton was pelted with tomatoes and shoes, while the protesters chanted “Monica, Monica.” – Source

4. The first documented cases of cancer were found on papyrus manuscripts in Egypt dating back to 3000 BC. In these manuscripts, 8 cases of breast tumors are mentioned that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill. The writing says about the disease, “There is no treatment.” – Source

5. In 2009 archaeologists discovered elephants, baboons, wildcats and other animals buried in the ancient city of Hierakonpolis, Egypt. It was possibly the world’s first zoo-like environment, dating back to 3500 B.C. – Source

6-10 Facts About Middle Eastern Countries

Celebratory gunfire

6. At the end of the Gulf War, 20 people died in Kuwait due to falling bullets from celebratory gunfire. – Source

7. The first pregnancy tests on record were in Ancient Egypt. Women would pee on a field of wheat and barley. If the wheat sprouted, it was going to be a girl. If the barley sprouted, it was going to be a boy. If neither sprouted, the woman wasn’t pregnant. – Source

8. When a cat died in Ancient Egypt, their human family would go into a deep mourning and shave their eyebrows. – Source

9. Cleopatra of Egypt was of Greek descent and she was the first in her dynasty who could speak Egyptian. – Source

10. Kuwait donated $500 million in aid after Hurricane Katrina. – Source


11-15 Facts About Middle Eastern Countries

Dirt devils

11. Dust / dirt devils are called “djin” meaning “genie” or “devil” in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, and Jordan. This is where the mythical genie came from and why genies are typically depicted without legs. – Source

12. In 1999, Kuwait’s Amir issued a decree allowing women to vote after dissolving the parliament. A few months later, the new parliament overturned that decree and took away women’s right to vote. – Source

13. Petra in Jordan had a more efficient and advanced water system than ancient Rome and could support 40,000 people in the desert. – Source

14. There is a ‘ghost-town’ millionaires resort on the island of Cyprus. The Turkish military does not allow anyone inside and hasn’t done so for nearly 40 years. – Source

15. The oldest perfume factory in the world was unearthed in Cyprus in 2004-05. It dated back to the Bronze Age, around four thousand years ago, and it covered an estimated surface area of over 4,000m², indicating that their perfume manufacturing was on an industrial scale. – Source

16-20 Facts About Middle Eastern Countries

Bahrain royal lands

16. Bahrain’s government banned Google Earth because it allowed Bahraini citizens to see vast tracts of royal-owned land and palaces next to poor and overcrowded Shi’ite villages. – Source

17. There is a piece of Oman inside of the UAE and inside that piece of Oman is a piece of the UAE. – Source

18. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain recently made a joint bid to host the Olympics with the men’s events in Saudi Arabia and the women’s events in Bahrain as women are not allowed to play sports in Saudi Arabia. The IOC vetoed the bid. – Source

19. In Lebanon the President must be a Christian, the Prime Minister a Sunni, and the Speaker of Parliament a Shi’a. – Source

20. Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon. – Source

21-25 Facts About Middle Eastern Countries

Qatar Migrant Spectators

21. With a permanent population of less than one million people, Qatar hires migrant workers to fill their empty stadiums in the Qatar Stars League, paying them one dollar an hour to “sit in the stadiums and pretend to have fun.” – Source

22. In Qatar homosexual acts between adult females are legal whereas homosexual acts between adult males are illegal. – Source

23. Since the banning of child jockeys, camel racing in Qatar has exclusively used robot jockeys – Source

24. For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, one of the stadiums is being built in the northern district of Ash-Shamal (348 sq. miles), with a population of less than 8,000 people. The stadium being built seats 45,330 people. – Source

25. Women can fly airplanes in Saudi Arabia, but can’t drive cars. – Source

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Last Update: April 25, 2016

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