Qeshm Island        

Qeshm Island, lying the length of the Strait of Hormuz, enjoys an exceptional between the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean such that vessels bound for all the river rain states (Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman) pass within proximity of its southern shores and all east and west bound air-traffic to pass through its air space.

The Island, by all definitions, is the gate-way to the Persian Gulf. Qeshm, thus, stands watch over the channel through which the bulk of the world's oil and gas has always and shall, for the next 100 years, be transported. This location compares most favorably with that of all other Persian Gulf Islands.

Qeshm is an island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf. Khouran Strait separates mainland Iran from Qeshm Island. The surface is mostly rocky and barren. It is Iran's largest and the Persian Gulf's largest island. It has an area of 1500 km² and almost 136 kilometers length.Explorer William Baffin was mortally wounded on Qeshm in 1622 during a battle against Portuguese forces.Qeshm island is also a free trade zone, which has made the island very important due to international trade.

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Historically, Qeshm island dates back far into the pre-Islamic era. Names as Qeshm, Keshm, Kish and Tunb mark the lengthy stay of Ilamids in the area several centuries before Christ's birth. It is, apparently, the island called Alexandria or Aracia by Ptolemy (Book 6, Chap. IV), in the 2nd century CE and as Alexandria by Ammianus Marcellinus (xxiii.6.42) in the 4th century. On account of its strategic geopolitical situation, near the mouth of the Persian Gulf, it has been frequently attacked by invaders including Ilamids (Elamites), Umayyads, Abbasids as well as the Portuguese and British, whose ravages are still evident. According to historical records, Qeshm Island has been famous as a trade and navigation center. Its economy flourished during the Dialameh and Buyid eras, as trade vessels sailed between it and China, India and Africa.

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