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Arab British & World English

A member of a Semitic people, originally from the Arabian peninsula and neighbouring territories, inhabiting much of the Middle East and North Africa

Arab League British & World English

Another name for League of Arab States.

Arab Spring British & World English

A series of anti-government uprisings in various countries in North Africa and the Middle East, beginning in Tunisia in December 2010

Marsh Arab British & World English

A member of a semi-nomadic Arab people inhabiting marshland in southern Iraq, near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers

street Arab British & World English

A raggedly dressed homeless child wandering the streets

Shatt al-Arab British & World English

A river of SW Asia, formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and flowing 195 km (120 miles) through SE Iraq to the Persian Gulf. Its lower course forms the border between Iraq and Iran

United Arab Emirates British & World English

An independent state on the south coast of the Persian Gulf, west of the Gulf of Oman; population 4,798,500 (est. 2009); official language, Arabic; capital, Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates was formed in 1971 by the federation of the independent sheikhdoms formerly called the Trucial States: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah (joined early 1972), Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwain

United Arab Republic British & World English

A former political union established by Egypt and Syria in 1958. It was seen as the first step towards the creation of a pan-Arab union in the Middle East, but only Yemen entered into loose association with it (1958–66) and Syria withdrew in 1961. Egypt retained the name United Arab Republic until 1971

League of Arab States British & World English

An organization of Arab states, founded in 1945 in Cairo, whose purpose is to ensure cooperation among its member states and protect their independence and sovereignty

Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries British & World English

An association of Arab countries, founded in 1968 to promote economic cooperation and safeguard its members' interests and to ensure the supply of oil to consumer markets. Its headquarters are in Safat, Kuwait