In the Middle East, the Ayyyyyyyyyyyyubids have founded Baalbek along the Nile. Their cities have some major growth potential later on, especially once they research Civil Service and get that sweet +1 food bonus on farms next to fresh water. This, combined with their Suez Canal, paints a large target on their back. Arabia has been fairly bland so far, and are on their way to a third city.
Finally, the Mossad is watching. The Mossad is always watching.