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Persian Gulf - Arabian Gulf

Persian Gulf - Arabian Gulf



This inland sea of some 251,000 km² is connected to the Gulf of Oman in the east by the Strait of Hormuz; and its western end is marked by the major river delta of the Shatt al-Arab, which carries the waters of the Euphrates and the Tigris. Its length is 989 kilometres, with Iran covering most of the northern coast and Saudi Arabia most of the southern coast. The Persian Gulf is about 56 kilometres wide at its narrowest, in the Strait of Hormuz. The waters are overall very shallow, with a maximum depth of 90 metres and an average depth of 50 metres.In the Persian Gulf, the sea makes up quickly and is characterized by choppy waves, which are often all out of proportion to the wind force; the sea quickly subsides after a gale.

Countries with a coastline on the Persian Gulf are (clockwise, from the north): Iran, Oman (exclave of Musandam), United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar on a peninsula off the Saudi coast, Bahrain on an island, Kuwait and Iraq in the northwest.

Various small islands lie within the Persian Gulf, some of which are the subject of territorial disputes between the states of the region.
Persian Gulf is home to many small islands. Bahrain an island in the Persian Gulf, is itself a Persian Gulf Arab state. Geographically the biggest island in the Persian Gulf is Qeshm island located in the Strait of Hormuz and belonging to Iran. Other significant islands in the Persian Gulf include Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Kish administered by Iran, Bubiyan administered by Kuwait, Tarout administered by Saudi Arabia, and Dalma administered by UAE. In recent years, there has also been addition of artificial islands, often created by Arab states such as UAE for commercial reasons or as tourist resorts. Although very small, these artificial islands have had a negative impact on the mangrove habitats upon which they are built, often causing unpredicted environmental issues. Persian Gulf islands are often also historically significant having been used in the past by colonial powers such as the Portuguese and the British in their trade or as acquisitions for their empires.

Le Golfe Persique est une mer intérieure de 251 000 km qui est reliée à la mer d'Oman à l'E par le détroit d'Ormuz. Son extrémité W esr marquée par les grands delta du fleuve de Chatt al-Arab, qui transporte les eaux de l'Euphrate et le Tigris. Sa longueur est de 989 km, avec l'Iran couvrant la plupart de la côte N et de l'Arabie Saoudite la plupart de la côte S. Dans le Golfe Persique la mer se lève rapidement et se caractérise par des vagues courtes dont l'amplitude n'est pas en proportion avec la force du vent. La mer s'apaise rapidement après une tempête.

Le golfe Persique est large d'environ 56 km dans sa partie la plus étroite, le détroit d'Ormuz. Les eaux sont globalement très peu profonde avec une profondeur moyenne de 50 m et une profondeur maximale de 90 m.

Les pays ayant un littoral sur le golfe persique sont, en partant du N: l'Iran, Oman (enclave de Musandam), les Emirats Arabes Unis, l'Arabie Saoudite, le Qatar sur une presqu'ile de la côte saoudienne, Barhein, sur une île, le Koweït et l'Irak dans le NW.

Diverses petites îles se trouvent dans le Golfe Persique, dont certaines font l'objet de différents territoriaux entre les États de la région.
Bahreïn une île dans le golfe Persique, est en soi un Golfe Persique État arabe.
Géographiquement, la plus grande île du golfe Persique est l'île de Qeshm située dans le détroit d'Ormuz et d'appartenance à l'Iran.
D'autres îles importantes dans le golfe Persique comprennent la Grande Tumb , Petite Tumb et de Kish administrée par l'Iran, Bubiyan administrée par le Koweït, Tarout administrée par l'Arabie saoudite, et Dalma administrée par les EAU.
Ces dernières années, il y a des îles artificielles , souvent créés par des États arabes tels que les EAU pour des raisons commerciales ou touristiques. Bien que très petites, ces îles artificielles ont eu un impact négatif sur la mangrove, habitats dont ils sont construits, causant souvent des problèmes environnementaux imprévus.

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UAE - Persian Gulf

The approaches to the S coast of the Persian Gulf are generally shallow, with a few offshore reefs and islands. Inside the 40m curve, which comprises roughly the area of Great Pearl Bank, the depths are irregular because of the reefs and shoals which extend offshore for many miles ...
8 Oct 11

Strait of Hormuz (Détroit d'Hormuz)

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow, strategically important waterway between the Gulf of Oman in the southeast and the Persian Gulf. On the north coast is Iran and on the south coast is the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. The strait at its narrowest is 54 kilometres ...
22 Sep 11


1 Jan 70


Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a small island state near the western shores of the Persian Gulf.Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west ...
17 Oct 11

Ras Laffan

Harbor protected by a breakwater.
27 Mar 12

Banar dailam

1 Jan 70

Ritz Marina Doha

Small marina close to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
30 Mar 14

Porto Arabia

Porto Arabia est la plus grande marina des trois que compose l'île artificielle Pearl Qatar situé à 19 km au nord du centre ville de Doha, dans la lagune de West Bay. Cette marina de luxe est bordée tout autour par de grands et très luxueux immeubles avec une promenade de ...
28 Mar 14

Port of Doha

1 Jan 70

Dhow Harbour

28 Mar 14

Mina Salman port

At Mina Salman, the Deep Water Jetty, which is 30m wide and 800m long, extends SE into Khawr al Qulayah and provides ten berths, each 150m in length. 
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14 May 20

Khawr al Qulayah Bahrain

Khawr al Qulayah is an extensive inlet circled by and containing reefs and other dangers best seen on the chart.
A channel, with a least depth of 9.5m, leads through Khawr al Qulayah to a basin, with the same depth, off Mina Salman, although caution is necessary, ...
17 Oct 11

Ras Al Ghar

Small port protected by a breakwater.
27 Mar 12

Al Jubayl

Small port protected by a breakwater.
27 Mar 12


Dammam's King Abdulaziz Sea Port, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, is the second largest port of Saudi Arabia.  It has large equipment that allows it to receive various types of vessels. The most important equipments are 56 multi-purpose hoist, 8 container cranes, and ...
9 Jan 13

King Abdul-Aziz Naval Base (KANB)

King Abdul-Aziz Naval Base (KANB) is located just south of the steadily growing Jubail commercial port and industrial complex.KANB  has extensive waterfront operational and protective works, drydocking and shop repair facilities, a training complex for several hundred students ...
9 Jan 13


27 Mar 12

Das island (Abu Dhabi)

Das Island is an island in the Arabian / Persian Gulf near Qatar. It is part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates but lies well offshore, about 100 miles (160 km) north-west of the mainland. It covers approximately 0.75 miles (1.21 km) by 1.5 miles (2.4 km), ...
19 Jan 14

Bandar-e Shahid Reajie

Port protected by a breakwater.
27 Mar 12

Bandar Abbas

Harbor protected by a breakwater.
27 Mar 12

Saadiyat island (Abu Dhabi)

Saadiyat Island is a large, low lying island of 27 km², 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi island to be developed.
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6 Oct 11

Palm Jebel Ali (Dubai)

Palm Jebel Ali is located near Jebel Ali port. It is the most eccentric of the  three islands at 50 km from downtown Dubai.With 17 palms, it will host marinas, Sea Village (themed amusement park and aquatic), residences ...
14 Oct 11
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