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Persian Gulf

The temperature of the water in the Persian Gulf can reach highs of 20°C.

Al-Oqair is thought to have been inhabited as early as 225 BC as part of the lost city of Gerrha.

Over the next 20 years, $15 billion dollars will be invested in a purpose built tourist city at Uqair.

The Persian Gulf is home to the largest offshore oil field in the world and two of the largest natural gas fields.

At 251,000 km², the Persian Gulf covers an area larger than the United Kingdom.

Nearly 17 million barrels of oil are transported out of the Persian Gulf each day.
 

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