Dust Over Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula20.2N 48.7E
Dust blows over and around the Arabian Peninsula. Some can be seen in the air above the Persian Gulf (top), while a denser concentration is visible over the Red Sea (bottom left and close-up) and the Gulf of Aden (bottom center).
It is common to see airborne dust in this area, due to the arid climate of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and the Sahara Desert in Africa. Such dust storms arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface.