by Estifanos (age 6), of California, U.S.A.
I was looking through “The Travel Book,” and I wondered how many countries I could visit, if I only knew how to speak Arabic. I counted 23 different countries! Most of them were in the Middle East, or the northern part of Africa. Things that I would really like to go do and see, if I could only go to places where people speak Arabic, are:
- Explore the rock carvings and cave paintings of Tassili N’Ajjer in Algeria;
- Visit the ancient step-pyramid at Saqqara, in Egypt;
- Swim in the Dead Sea, so I can stay afloat! (in Israel);
- Have fish for dinner in the hull of an ancient dhow, in Kuwait;
- Eat homemade bread cooked under the sand of the Sahara!!! in Libya;
- Camp out under the stars of the Empty Quarter, in Oman;
- Snorkel in the Red Sea, in Saudi Arabia;
- Wade through the ancient sands around the pyramids of Begrawiya, in Sudan;
- Watch camel races in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates; and
- See the dragon blood trees of Socotra Island, in Yemen.
The countries that have Arabic as an official language are:
In the Middle East (which is part of Asia): Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
In the Indian Ocean: Comoros & Mayotte
In Africa: Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia.