One in five Americans believe Aladdin’s Agrabah is real place, Arab News poll reveals

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Huffpost reports that a joint Arab News and YouGov poll showed that over 80 percent of Americans cannot identify the Arab world on a map, and one in five believe Agrabah — the fictional city from Disney film Aladdin — is a real part of the Middle East.

The poll also found that 65 percent of those surveyed said they did not know much about the Arab world, 19 percent could correctly identify the region’s geography, and 51 percent believed the US media’s coverage of the area was insufficient.

Arab News’ poll findings were revealed at an Arab Media Forum event discussing the Arab world’s image in the West, moderated by Arabs News’ Editor-in-Chief Faisal J Abbas and attended by other senior journalists and US politicians.

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