Qeshm Island

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Date of Submission: 09/08/2007
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
Category: Natural
Submitted by:
Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:

Hormozgan province

Coordinates: N27 00 - 30 26 E15 55 - 15 56
Ref.: 5215


Qeshm is the biggest island in the Persian Gulf near the straits of Hormoz. It is stretched closely along sides the south coastline (Hormozgan) of the Iranian mainland. The highest elevation is the 370 m in Bukhun mt. Also there is the gas and oiles in the center of the island. The length of island is 130 km and the widest part is 11- 35 km between Tabl and Salakh. The number of species and communities are 370 and 67 respectively. The Harra protected area, one of the biggest Harra habitat in Iran, is situated in this island.

The Qeshm is the biggest island in the Hormoz strait. Also the island is very important in view of speciation in long time. Due to human activities in this area, flora and vegetation should be preserved. Another importance of the island is Ghar- e Kharbas as a historical place.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

In addition of special condition of island, various ecosystems and plant communities, historical background such as Ghar-e Kharbas and Portoghalian fort should be noted.

Comparison with other similar properties

There is not similar area in Iran or in the world.