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Iran Qeshm Island

QESHM Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (Persian Gulf), opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. The island, which hosts a 300 square kilometer free zone jurisdiction, is 135 km long, and lies strategically in the Strait of Hormuz, just 60 kilometers from the Omani port of Khasab, and about 180 kilometers from the UAE Port Rashid. The island, at its widest point, located near the center of the island, spans 40 kilometers. Similarly, at it narrowest point, the island spans 9.4 kilometers. The island has a surface area of 1491 square kilometers and is 2.5 times the size of Bahrain. Qeshm city, located at the easternmost point of the island, is 22 kilometers from Bandar Abbas while the closest point of the island is but two kilometers from the mainland..

HARA MARINE FOREST The Hara forests is the common name for mangrove forests on the southern coast of Iran, particularly on and near the island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Dominated by the species Avicennia marina, known locally as the hara or harra tree, the forests represent an important ecological resource. The Hara Protected Area on Quesm and the nearby mainland is a biosphere reserve where commercial use is restricted to fishing (mainly shrimp), tourist boat trips, and limited mangrove cutting for animal feed.

SALT CAVE Namakdan Cave on Qeshm Island is one of the masterpieces of creation. The cave is an appropriate place for treating those who suffer from asthma and respiratory problems. Located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (Persian Gulf), opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir, Namakdan Cave has also the best quality salt useful for treating respiratory problems. With a height of 237 meters and length of over 6,000 meters, this natural attraction is considered the largest salt cave worldwide. Given its interior salt stalactites and crystals, and saltwater flow outside, Namakdan Cave displays eye-catching scenery as every part of this natural attraction offers a unique view.

STARS VALLEY Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran. This badlands area was carved out by wind and rain during the Pleistocene Epoch, approximately 2 million years ago. In places, the canyon is 15 meters below the surface of the plateau it has eroded from and is adorned with oddly shaped arches, columns and passageways. It’s name seems to be derived from the legend that it was formed from a fallingshooting star (meteor).

DOLPHINS Dolphins are marine mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. There are almost forty species of dolphin in 17 genera. They vary in size from 1.2 m and 40 kg up to 9.5 m and 10 tonnes (the orca or killer whale). They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, and are carnivores, eating mostly fish and squid. The family Dolphin is the largest in the Cetacean order, and evolved relatively recently, about ten million years ago, during the Miocene. Dolphins are among the most intelligent animals, and their often friendly appearance, an artefact of the smile of their mouth-line, and seemingly playful attitude have made them very popular in human culture.

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