Though other rivers empty into the Persian Gulf, most of its fresh water comes from the Shatt al Arab.
On the right edge of the image is the narrow Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea, part of the northern Indian Ocean.
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The Pearl-Qatar is so named because it is being built on one of Qatar's historical pearl diving sites.
A string of small islands built along the outer margin is intended to recall the pearl-diving culture of the nation's past. A massive sandstorm over the Persian Gulf state of Qatar blows southward (to the right) toward southeastern Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in this image photographed from the International Space Station.
Over time, the process reversed, and about 20 million years ago, the gulfs began to close up.
The ongoing collision of the two continental plates resulted in Iran's mountainous terrain (top) and its periodic earthquakes.
The diplomatic quarter is reached via the waterfront Corniche promenade, north of the old city.
Further away, an extensive marina known as West Bay Lagoon, with boating access to the Persian Gulf, stands out (image top).By fax:(571) 204-3800(please include a phone number where we may call you) Contact the Office of Inspector General Contact the Employment Verification Office The United States and its partners continue to face a growing number of global threats and challenges.The CIA’s mission includes collecting and analyzing information about high priority national security issues such as international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber attacks, international organized crime and narcotics trafficking, regional conflicts, counterintelligence threats, and the effects of environmental and natural disasters.These challenges are international in scope and are priorities for the Central Intelligence Agency.If you have information about these or other national security challenges, please provide it through our secure online form.Further to the right are various offshore islands of the United Arab Emirates; most of the darker area to the right makes up Oman. The old and new zones of Doha, the capital city of Qatar, are clearly visible from the International Space Station.