Sunday, 19 February 2017

Kish

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Kish is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 20,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Sharm el-Sheikh. Foreign nationals wishing to enter Kish Free Zone from legal ports are not required to obtain visas prior to travel. Valid travel permits are stamped for 14 days by airport and Kish port police officials.Kish Island has been mentioned in history variously as Kamtina, Arakia (Ancient Greek: Αρακία), Arakata, and Ghiss. In 325 BC, Alexander the Great commissioned Nearchus to set off an expedition voyage into the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Nearchus's writings on Arakata is the first known mention of Kish Island in antiquity. When Marco Polo visited the Imperial court in China, he commented on the Emperor's wife's pearls, he was told that they were from Kish. In the 1970s the last Shah of Iran turned the island into a luxury resort for the international elite complete with a Grand Casino (now known as the Shayan International Hotel) and an airport designed to handle the Concorde. After the Islamic Revolution, Kish Island became a duty-free shopping center. Kish Island's strategic position served as a way station and link for the ancient Assyrian and Elamite civilizations when their primitive sailboats navigated from Susa through the Karun River into the Persian Gulf and along the southern coastline passing Kish, Qeshm and Hormoz islands. When these civilizations vanished, Kish Island's advantageous position was lost and for a period it was subjected to turmoil and the tyranny of local potentates and other vendors. With the establishment of the Achaemenid dynasty, the Persian Gulf was profoundly affected. Kish was, in particular, economically and politically linked with the civilization of the Medes, Persians and Aryan people when they were at the height of their power.

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Historic Tourist Attractions In Kish :

Harireh


Harireh


Harireh is an ancient 8th century city located in what is now Kish, Iran. It is situated in the center of the northern coast of the island. Its area is about 3 square kilometers.
Some say Harireh was first built sometime between the late Sasanid period and the early Islamic era. Harireh was quite popular during the Saljuks and Atavakan of Fars. An Iranian cultural heritage organization has verified that Harireh is at least 800 years old.
Harireh is most probably the town that the renowned Iranian poet, Saadi, has referred to in his book Gulistan. There are references in the works of Iranian and Arab historians to the location of the town on the island. These say that the town was situated in the middle of the northern part, precisely where the ruins are standing today.

Baghou Village


Baghou Village


Baghou village is one of the areas with traditional environment, located in southwest of the island within which a number of rancher households live. Fertility of this region is well known among the locals. The variety of old indigenous Lur trees has given a remarkable beauty to this region. One of the interesting monuments of this village is a mosque called Muhammad. The number 881 AH is written on its wall which implies the antiquity of life in this strange village. In a part of the entrance area of the village, the life of the aboriginal people and the customs of this area has been exhibited using traditional black tents. And tourists visit this village to get acquainted with traditional cooking method, condition of keeping water cool under the intense heat of summer, traditions and customs of the villages in greeting guests and holding traditional customs and marriage celebrations and local bake cooking.

Kariz Underground City


Kariz Underground City


Cultural tourism complex of underground city of Kish (Kariz), is one of the island's attractions and lots of tourists come to visit it each year. Cultural tourism underground city of Kish, was built at the junction of three ancient aqueducts (kariz). The three aqueducts are over 2000 years old, and over 15 km long, which are now turned into an astonishing underground city that is more than ten thousand square meters. This cultural tourism complex of Kish hosts over one hundred thousand domestic and foreign tourists each year. Freshwater of Kariz comes from seasonal rainfall of the island that crosses through corals as natural filter and flows into the layers of marl mud. Marl is a kind of clay mud that is normally soft and flexible and if exposed to air becomes dry and firm. In cultural tourism complex of the underground city of Kish (Kariz), walls are built in front of these valuable clays to protect them.

Greek Ship


Greek Ship


Greek Ship is one of the tourist attractions of Kish Island. The ship ran aground near Baghou village in west of the Island in 1966. The ship was built with about 7061 tons in weight and 136 meter length by William Hamilton Company at Port Glasgow in Scotland in 1943. She ran aground in this area while coming back to Greece. The most beautiful scene of this place is the sun setting down slowly behind the Greek Ship at azure waters of Persian Gulf. The last rays of sunlight shine across the sky, the spectrum of yellow, red, and orange colors, and the shadow and lights of small and large clouds, create a beautiful and imaginary tableau behind the Greek Ship which can rarely be seen in anywhere else.

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Dolphins Park


Dolphins Park


In a big beautiful garden of 70 hectares, where beautiful bougainvilleas are wrapped around palm trees, and green plants and colorful flowers present a different nature to the visitors, for the first time in the Middle East, sea mammals and penguins entertain the children and adults alike. More than 20 dolphins, sea lions, sea cats, sea boars, and white whales jump, cruise forward and backward, clap, snore and throw balls in the largest manmade pool on Kish Island. Sea mammals and penguins are dolfin.jpgnot the only amusements of Engineer Hossein Sabet’s Park & Resort Complex.  The Bird Zoo, Cactus Garden, Orchid Garden, Silkworm House, Underwater Aquarium, and Erupting Volcano are other amusing sectors of the palm grove of the southeastern tip of Kish Island, which attract thousands daily. The visitors enjoy watching tens of different birds from all over the world, beautiful and rare cactuses and orchids, the metamorphosis of silkworms and cruising of fish in their natural environments during the daytime, and the erupting of an artificial volcano at nights.

The Coral Beach Park


The Coral Beach Park


 The Coral Beach Park located adjacent to the Coral Mall, is one of the most attractive centers of Kish that links the Coral Mall to the sea. Many domestic and foreign tourists who travel to the island, spends their leisure time near the park and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery of Kish.
Pergolas and attractive landscaping of this coastal park creates an opportunity for tourists to visit the sea and the beautiful natural surrounding landscape, regardless of the market commotions and benefit most from this very clear and lucid coastal area during their stay in Kish Island. Besides all the beauty of this area, watching the sunrise from the park, makes an unforgettable memory for all visitor

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