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Welcome to Agrabah, city of mystery, of enchantment, and the finest merchandise this side of the River Jordan! On sale today! Come on down!
―The Peddler at the start of Aladdin

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Agrabah, Arabia (أغربه) is the central location in the popular 1992 Disney film, Aladdin. It is located near the Jordan River. Agrabah was founded many thousands of years ago by Sheik Hamed, the ancestor of the royal family and established near the River Jordan. The Sultan's Palace was "envisioned" by Sheik Hamed and would serve as the city's iconic and most beautiful sight for centuries to come. It was then located in Lone Keep, Auradon once King Beast united Agrabah with his kingdom.

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  • Agrabah's most prominent feature is its palace, which was inspired by the Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India.
  • Agrabah is based on classical Baghdad. However, it more broadly represents a wider classical Islamicate culture, which encompassed the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and parts of the Indian subcontinent during this period, including Islamic empires such as the Abbasid Caliphate, Ottoman Empire, Safavid Persia, and Mughal India. Agrabah's architecture (including its palace and marketplace) was inspired by Middle Eastern architecture, which encompasses elements of Arabic, Persian and Indo-Islamic architecture. The city's royal palace and name is directly inspired by the Indian city of Agra's Taj Mahal, which was a product of Indo-Islamic Mughal architecture.
  • The city's name appears to be a composite one, much like how its general aesthetic is a composite of cities in India and the Middle East in general with the Sultan's palace even resembling the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Indian city of Agra also has a neighboring city called Bah, which is one possible origin for the second half of the name of the city. However, another more likely origin for the second half of the name is the land of Arabah. Arabah, also known as Araba or Aravah, is a loosely defined geographic area in the Negev Desert, south of the Dead Sea basin, which forms part of the border between Palestine to the west and Jordan to the east
  • In the Aladdin animated TV series, it is stated multiple times that the adjective term used to refer to something of or about Agrabah is "Agrabanian".
  • The original Arabic folk tale of Aladdin was originally set in China, specifically an Islamic city (most likely the Turpan Khanate in the Xinjiang region).
  • In the original movie and derived productions, Agrabah is in the middle of the desert.
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