The Dubai Sevens has also helped stir up some interest in the sport in Arabic-speaking nations. Rugby union is quite popular in neighbouring Israel, but the relations between the two nations means that there is little sporting contact between them.
Jordan is notable for having hosted a rugby match at the lowest altitude ever recorded - at over 400 metres below sea level on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea on 29 October 1982. This was between a team representing Aqaba & Safi and another representing Amman. The temperature at the time, was in the 90s (fahrenheit).