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Gulf of Aqaba
Arabic: khalīju l-¢aqabaPlay sound



View of the Gulf of Aqaba, seen from Dahab, Egypt. Saudi Arabia on the other side.
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View of the Gulf of Aqaba, seen from Dahab, Egypt. Saudi Arabia on the other side.

Gulf of Aqaba at its northern end. View from Eilat, Israel.
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Gulf of Aqaba at its northern end. View from Eilat, Israel. Photo: Benjamin.

Satellite view of Gulf of Aqaba.
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Satellite view of Gulf of Aqaba. Photo: NASA.

Gulf that is a branch of the Red Sea, running to the east of the Sinai peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland, touching Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
The gulf is 160 km long, and has a maximum width of 24 km. The gulf passes through the Straits of Tiran at its junction with the Red Sea proper. Geologically, the Gulf of Aqaba is part of the Rift Valley that runs through most of eastern Africa. The main ports are Eilat in Israel, and Aqaba in Jordan.




By Tore Kjeilen