West Asia, or Western Asia, as defined by some scholars, UN agencies, and others. The westernmost subregion within the larger geographic region of Asia. It is almost entirely part of the Middle East, including parts of Anatolia, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, and Mesopotamia. The Levant, the island of Cyprus, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Caucasus (Transcaucasus).
Also read: Central Asia
- West Asia
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
Also read: Southeast Asia
The region is thought to be separated from Africa by Egypt’s Isthmus of Suez. And from Europe by the Turkish Strait and the waterways of the Greater Caucasus Basin. Central Asia is in the northeast, while South Asia is in the east. Eight seas surround the area (clockwise). The Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Western Asia has an area of 5,994,935 square kilometers (2,314,657 square miles) and a population of 313 million. Of the 21 countries located whole or in part in the region, 13 are part of the Arab world. The most populous countries in West Asia are Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.