Biggest Cities in Deserts

Try to name the world's most populous urban areas that get less than 250mm of rainfall per year.
Population according to citypopulation.de as of January 2021
These cities might be on a river or a sea
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: February 24, 2021
First submittedSeptember 22, 2017
Times taken22,953
Average score57.1%
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Continent
Population
City
Africa
21.5 m
Cairo
Asia
18.2 m
Karachi
Asia
15.5 m
Tehran
South America
11.1 m
Lima
Asia
8.40 m
Riyadh
Asia
7.15 m
Baghdad
Africa
6.50 m
Khartoum
Continent
Population
City
Africa
5.95 m
Alexandria
Asia
5.70 m
Amman
Asia
5.70 m
Dubai
Asia
5.15 m
Jeddah
North America
4.80 m
Phoenix
Asia
4.50 m
Kuwait City
Asia
3.90 m
Damascus
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Level 81
Sep 27, 2017
With less than a minute to go I suddenly remembered that the Middle East exists...
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Level 87
Jan 9, 2018
That's, like, 70% of the quiz. :)
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Level 87
Mar 16, 2021
Cairo, Tehran, Riyadh, Baghdad, Alexandria, Amman, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, and Damascus = 10 Middle East cities.

10/14 = 0.714 or 71.4%.

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Level 63
Jan 9, 2018
I only got the S. America one because of a quiz a few days ago. It's still weird to me that it gets that little rain!
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Level 68
Jan 9, 2018
The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on earth.
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Level 66
Jan 9, 2018
But Lima is not in the Atacama desert
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Level 75
Jan 9, 2018
It's close enough, I guess... the Atacama is northern Chile and does spread into Peru.
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Level 75
Jan 9, 2018
Ditto.
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Level 47
Jan 9, 2018
Was in Lima last year, was weird seeing the streets without drains
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Level 63
Mar 17, 2021
The fact that it is often cloudy even makes it weirder.
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Level 63
Jan 9, 2018
"These cities might be on a river or a sea"

Aren't all cities? :)

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Level 38
Jan 9, 2018
no mine isn't
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Level 87
Jun 26, 2019
Saudi Arabia doesn't have rivers.
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Level 83
Aug 17, 2019
All cities might be. Not all cities are. The point is that to some it might seem counter-intuitive to think of a city next to water as in a desert. But if it doesn't get much rainfall a coastal area can still technically be a desert.
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Level 50
Mar 16, 2021
Bruuuuuuh

Would have never considered Phoenix or Damascus because they are small in comparison... Didn't realize that the urban ares were considered 🤦🏼‍♂️

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Level 57
Mar 16, 2021
Phoenix is quite big even city proper, with a city proper population over 2 million I think.
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Level 68
May 7, 2021
I guess Casablanca is not in a desert? It certainly feels like a desert there. I have never been there, but I went on street view on Google Maps and it feels like a desert, but if you go on the satellite you can see it's not in a desert I guess.
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Level 58
Aug 6, 2021
what about las vegas, aleppo, jerusalem, kabul, sanaa, or mecca?
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Level 64
Jan 20, 2022
I thought Addis Ababa was in a desert

Guess I was wrong lol

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Level 71
Jun 21, 2022
Wow, Lima?? Had no idea.