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Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
Geographic coordinates: 29 30 N, 45 45 E
Map references: Middle East
Area: total:  17,820 sq km

land:  17,820 sq km

water:  0 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey
Land boundaries: total:  464 km

border countries:  Iraq 242 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km
Coastline: 499 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea:  12 NM
Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters
Terrain: flat to slightly undulating desert plain
Elevation extremes: lowest point:  Persian Gulf 0 m

highest point:  unnamed location 306 m
Natural resources: petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas
Land use: arable land:  0%

permanent crops:  0%

permanent pastures:  8%

forests and woodland:  0%

other:  92% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural hazards: sudden cloudbursts are common from October to April; they bring inordinate amounts of rain which can damage roads and houses; sandstorms and dust storms occur throughout the year, but are most common between March and August
Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources; some of world's largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities provide much of the water; air and water pollution; desertification
Environment - international agreements: party to:  Climate Change, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection

signed, but not ratified:  Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Marine Dumping
Geography - note: strategic location at head of Persian Gulf

 

Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook






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