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Dust Over Persian Gulf, Between Iran and United Arab Emirates

24.6N 51.4E

May 1st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf - April 28th, 2012

A thick cloud of dust blows over the Persian Gulf, seeming to originate in Iran, to the north, and reaching across the gulf to Qatar (lower left corner) and the United Arab Emirates (below center and right). A smaller amount of dust can be seen in and around the island of Qeshm Strait of Hormuz, near the right edge.

Artificial Islands Off Coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 1st, 2012

25.1N 55.1E

February 1st, 2012 Category: Image of the day

United Arab Emirates - January 19th, 2012

An artificial island or man-made island is an island or archipelago that has been constructed by people rather than formed by natural means. They are created by expanding existing islets, construction on existing reefs, or amalgamating several natural islets into a bigger island.

In modern times artificial islands are usually formed by land reclamation. Dubai is home to several artificial islands projects, including the three Palm Islands projects, The World and the Dubai Waterfront. Only the Palm Jumeirah is inhabited so far. Visible here along the coast, from southwest to northeast, are the artificial islands of the Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah and World Archipelagos.

Phytoplankton Near Qatar and United Arab Emirates – November 28th, 2011

24.8N 51.9E

November 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Saudi Arabia - November 22nd, 2011

A teal green phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Persian Gulf, just offshore of Qatar (to the west), Saudi Arabia (to the south) and the United Arab Emirates (to the southeast). Many islands can be seen off the coast of the Emirates on the right side of the image.

Of particular note are the artificial Palm Islands and World Archipelago, visible at the far right in the full image. The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on which major commercial and residential infrastructures will be constructed. Each settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent, and will have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers.

The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai.

Sandstorms Over Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 2nd, 2010

25.2N 55.3E

March 2nd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 25th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 25th, 2010

Strong winds caused sandstorms in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and Friday, causing problems for motorists on highways across the country. These storms struck both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, reducing visibility to a few hundred metres in some areas.

These images show dust spreading off the coast, from Qatar (left) to the Musandam Peninsula (right). Below the razor-straight dust plumes many islands are visible off the coast, including the artificial islands offshore of Dubai (Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and The World Archipelago).

Oman, East of the United Arab Emirates

26.0N 56.2E

November 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

A vast gravel desert plain covers most of central Oman, with mountain ranges along the north (al Jebel al Akhdar) and southeast coast. Oman’s main cities are located by the mountains in this northern area, including the capital city Muscat.

Here, the mountain ranges appear dark brown, in contrast with the sandy color of much of the landscape to the south. Oman’s climate is hot and dry in the interior and humid along the coast.

The peninsula of Musandam (Musandem), which has a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz, is separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates and is thus an exclave. Here, the U.A.E can be seen to the left, their lands appearing lighter and yellower than the terrain of Oman to the east.

Moving across the Strait of Hormuz, the island of Qeshm can be seen off the coast of southern Iran. The part of Iran visible here is in Hormozgān Province, which has an area is 68475 km2 and 1000 km of coastline.

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