Return to Earth From Space Home
Earth from Space logo Image Information Earth from Space logo

Display a Screen Layout for Printing

IMAGE: gray corner       IMAGE: gray corner
  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS045-E-668 Date: Sep. 2015

Ordering information for space photography
IMAGE: gray corner     IMAGE: gray corner

Image: gray corner     Image: gray corner
  View Low-Resolution Image  
  United Arab Emirates, Persian Gulf

Crews aboard the International Space Station look for signs of human activity along coastlines of the Persian Gulf, where significant population is centered in the region. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates, each under its own absolute monarch. The coastal sectors of three emirates, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman, are shown here. The independence of the emirates is exemplified by the fact that the two international airports of Dubai and Sharjah lie only 16 km apart (10 miles). Ajman is the smallest emirate (262,000).

Much of the urban area known as Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area (5.2 million people), the largest in the UAE, appears in the image, within which the city of Dubai is the largest city. Indeed, Dubai has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East, with one of the most well-known city skylines, boasting the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai's prominence relates partly to the existence of the 13 km-long Dubai Creek, one of the longest inlets facing the Persian Gulf (image left), which for hundreds of years has attracted shipping from as far away as India and East Africa. Major buildings and a large park line its banks.

The offshore Deira Islands (image top left) are in the early stages of a major development. Even seen from orbit, the lack of buildings and a street pattern on the islands differs from the dense cityscapes on the nearby mainland. An abstract palm design is envisaged for the islands in the future, similar to one immediately west of the image.

Image: gray corner     Image: gray corner

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 108k
Mission: ISS045  
Roll - Frame: E - 668
Geographical Name: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  
Center Lat x Lon: 25.3N x 55.4E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 30   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 500  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20150913   YYYYMMDD
Time: 074649   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 23.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 55.5E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 160   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 216   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 70   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views:  
Water Views: GULF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: URBAN AREA  
City Views: DUBAI  
Photo is not associated with any sequences

Home Page
Home Page
JSC Digital
Image Collection
Earth Science &
Remote Sensing

NASA meatball logo
This service is provided by the International Space Station program and the JSC Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit, ARES Division, Exploration Integration Science Directorate.
ESRS logo