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Persian Gulf

The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia. An extension of the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman) through the Strait of Hormuz, it lies between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. The Shatt al-Arab river delta forms the northwest shoreline. The Persian Gulf was a battlefield of the 1980–1988 Iran-Iraq War, in which each side attacked the other’s oil tankers. It is the namesake of the 1991 Gulf War, the largely air- and land-based conflict that followed Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

The gulf has many fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters, but its ecology has been damaged by industrialization and oil spills. The body of water is historically and internationally known as the “Persian Gulf”. Some Arab governments refer to it as the “Arabian Gulf” or “The Gulf”, but neither term is recognized internationally. The name “Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf)” is used by the International Hydro graphic Organization.

Persian Gulf’s Tops:

Qeshm Island
Kish Island
Moin -ol Tojar Caravanserai
Sailing along Karoun (Karun) River
Pol-e Sefid
Bamdezh Wetland Ahvaz

Persian Gulf’s Top Foods to Try:

Qalieh Mahi: A spicy, sour stew made with fish and herbs like cilantro, fenugreek and garlic, simmered to perfection in red pepper and tamarind sauce.

Sambouseh or Samosa: A triangular, deep-fried pastry filled with spiced potato, onion and bell pepper.

Falafel: Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa. Falafel also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze (appetizers). Falafel is a common dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

Emgesht: A rice dish consisting of salted fish with coriander, dill and raisins.

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