Hormozgan province

Hormozgan Province (persian:استان هرمزگان, Ostān-e Hormozgān), is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the south of the country , in Iran’s Region facing Oman, UAE and the Hormuz Straits. Its area is 70,697 km (27,296 sq mi), and its provincial capital is Bandar Abbas. The province has fourteen islands in the Persian Gulf and Gulf and 1000 km (620 mi) of coastline.
The province has 13 major cities: Bandar Abbas, Bandar Lengeh, Hajjiabad, Minab, Qeshm,Sardasht( Bashagard), Sirik, Jask, Bastak, Bandar Khamir, Parsian, Rudan and Abumusa. The province has 13 counties (or districts), 69 municipalities, and 2046 villages. In 2011 a little more than 1.5 million people resided in Hormozgan Province. The counties of Hormozgan Province are Parsian County, Bastak County, Bandar Lengeh County, Abumusa County, Qeshm County, Khamir County, Bandar Abbas County, Hajjiabad County, Rudan County, Minab County, Sirik County, Bashagard County and Jask County.

Although Hormozgan is known to have been settled during the Achaemenid era when Nearchus passed through the region, recorded history of the main port of Hormozgan (Bandar-e Hormoz) begins with Ardashir I of Persia of the Sassanid empire. The province is said to have been particularly prosperous between 241 BC and 211 BC, but grew even further in trade and commercial significance after the arrival of the Islamic era.
Marco Polo visited the port of Bandar Abbas in 1272 and 1293. He reported widespread trading in Persian jewelry, ivory and silk of Indochina, and pearls from Bahrain in the bazaars of the port of Hormuz.
In 1497 Europeans landed in the region for the first time, headed by Vasco da Gama. In 1508 the Portuguese, led by Afonso de Albuguerque invaded the area with seven warships, under the pretext of protecting their interests from Egypt and Venice. The port of Hormuz at the time was considered strategically positions for commercial interests in the Persian Gulf.
Ismail I who was trying to counter the Ottoman Empire to the west, was unable to save the port from Portuguese, until Shah Abbas I was finally able to drive them out of the Persian Gulf with the aid of the British. The name of Bandar Abbas comes directly from the name of Shah Abbas I. The British, meanwhile, were competing for influence in the region with Dutch colonialists, who invaded Qeshm Island and dispatched warships to Bandar Abbas during the final years of Shah Abbas’ reign. The Persian government was unable to defend itself against this attack. However, with the souring of British and Dutch relations, military tensions grew in the region. The Dutch finally resorted to moving their base up to Kharg Island. The Amir of Kharg, Mir Mahna Baloch and Mir Hamal Kalmati with Baloch army defeated the Europeans from Bander Abbas till Karachi, so the Dutch and other forces at Kharg, leaving the British firmly in charge of the entire region. Some Britain took control over the entire Persian Gulf via the British East India Company. The British adopted policy encouraging local autonomy throughout the Persian Gulf to in order to prevent a formidable unified force from threatening the establishments in the Gulf.
The strategic importance of the Persian Gulf further increased after World War I with the discovery of oil in the region.

The province is primarily mountainous, consisting of the southern tip of the Zagros Range. The province experiences a very hot and humid climate, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 120 °F (49 °C) in summers. There is very little precipitation year-round.

The following table lists the most populous cities in Hormozgan:
Rank City County Population
1 Bandar Abbas Bandar Abbas 526.648
2 Minab Minab 73.170
3 Qeshm Qeshm 40.678
4 Kish Bandar Lengeh 39.853
5 Rudan Rudan 36.121
6 Bandar Lengeh Bandar Lengeh 30.435
7 Hajjiabad Hajjiabad 28.977
8 Kong Bandar Lengeh 19.213
9 Parsian Parsian 18.045
10 Jask Jask 16.860

Hormozgan today has 11 ports, five national airports, and three international airports. The province has an active agriculture sector, ranking first in Iran in lime production and second in date production. 30% of Iran’s fishery produce comes from this province. Three major hydro dams serve the water needs of the province – Esteghlal Dam (i.e. Minab Dam. Which supplies major part of consuming water of the Bandar Abbas), Jegin Dam, and Shemil Dam.
Hormozgan has two free trade zones, one in Kish, the other on Qeshm island. Kish Island, situated in a free-trade zone, is home of the Iranian oil bourse (one of five exchanged of its kind in the world, and the only one explicitly not trading oil and derivatives is U.S. dollars.

Hormozgan has four-and five-star hotels with modern amenities. The Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran lists 212 sites of historical and cultural significance in the province. Some of the more popular attractions are:
◈ Emarat-e Kolah Farangi (built by and during the Dutch occupation)
◈ Berkeh haye Baran (six traditional water reservoirs)
◈ Gele-dari traditional bath
◈ The Hindu temple
◈ Latidan Bridge, built during the era of Shah Abbas I
◈ Fekri House
◈ Sa’di House
◈ Fort of Our Lady of the Conception in Hormoz Island
◈ Qeshm Island
◈ Hara marine forests
◈ Kish Island, the most popular tourist resort in southern Iran in the Persian Gulf
◈ Geno UNESCO natural biosphere reserve
◈ Hara UNESCO natural biosphere reserve
◈ Various hot water springs

✔ Bandar Abbas University of Medical Sciences
✔ University of Hormozgan
✔ Qeshm Institude of Higher Education
✔ Islamic Azad University of Bandar Abbas
✔ Payame Noor University of Hormozgan
✔ Islamic Azad University of Roudan
✔ Kish University

Coordinates: 27.1884°N 56.2768°E