The term Middle East originated in the Western world around 1902. The Middle East is often used to refer in passing to more than one country in Southwest Asia. The Middle East is commonly used to refer to Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Dubai, Egypt, and their surrounding countries. The Middle East does not denote ethnicity, race, or country of origin but instead refers to a vague geographic region. In the news headlines, the Middle East is often referred to in describing peace efforts and cuisine. The Middle East is often used when detailing news in the international oil market.