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Kuwait City and Bubiyan Island on the Persian Gulf – October 7th, 2009

29.3N 48.0E

October 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Kuwait - September 7th, 2009

Kuwait - September 7th, 2009

Kuwait City, the capital and largest city of Kuwait, is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, identifiable as a bright white area towards the bottom of this image. It has an estimated population of 63,600 (2006 estimate) within city limits and 2.38 million in the metropolitan area.

Moving up the coast, situated in the north-western corner of the Persian Gulf, the large Bubiyan Island appears as a light grey area. It is the largest island in the Kuwaiti coastal island chain, with an area of 863 km².

Bubiyan Island is separated from the mainland in the northeast by Khawr Abd Allah and from the mainland in the southwest by Khawr as Sabiyah. The latter channel trends around the northern end of Bubiyan Island, separating it from Warbah Island. Here, the water currents in these channels can be observed thanks to the radar imagery as they flow out into the gulf.

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