Persian Gulf

The Persian Gulf is located in Western Asia between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula. It is an extension of the Indian Ocean.

The Persian Gulf was the focus of the 1980–1988 Iran-Iraq War, in which each side attacked the other's oil tankers. In 1991, the Persian Gulf again was the background for what was called the "Persian Gulf War" or the "Gulf War", despite the fact that this conflict was primarily a land conflict, when Iraq invaded Kuwait and was subsequently pushed back.

The Persian Gulf has many good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters, but its ecology has come under pressure from industrialization, and in particular, oil and petroleum spills during wars in the region.

Historically and internationally known as the Persian Gulf, this body of water is sometimes controversially referred to as the Arabian Gulf or simply The Gulf by most Arab states, although neither of the latter two terms are recognized internationally. The name Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf) is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.

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... to initiate a public debate across the Persian Gulf with a series of newspaper interviews and public speeches arguing that GCC countries need to understand the consequences of mass immigration and consequent ... made clear that his starting point is that Persian Gulf countries have no choice but to accede to international labour standards if they are to be internationally competitive, and to do ... Under global conventions Persian Gulf states will inevitably sign in the near future, expatriate workers and their families will be entitled to housing, education and ...
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... is situated in Southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia it is in a strategic location along southern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital ... stretches for more than 650 kilometers along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf ... Numerous islands are found in the Persian Gulf, and the ownership of some of them has been the subject of international disputes with both Iran and Qatar ...
Silver Tower (novel) - Synopsis
... have decided to invade Iran in order to gain control of the Persian Gulf ... attack on Iran and place their Aircraft Carrier flotilla near the Persian Gulf ... though the battle is not over, the Red Fleet is kept out of the Persian Gulf and Silver Tower is to be repaired and returned to operation ...
Persian Gulf - Wildlife - Gallery
... Dugong mother and its offspring in shallow water A healthy coral is an indication of a viable aquatic environment One variant of the kingfisher bird group Dolphins off the southern shore of Iran, around Hengam Island Palm and sunset in Minoo Island (Persian Gulf). ...
Al Bin Ali
... is a Sunni Arab clan based in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf especially in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia ... Their main business is pearls in the Persian Gulf ... They had a strong positive economic effect on Persian Gulf nations such as Bahrain Qatar ...

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