the Persian Gulf
Kish is a
91.5-square-kilometre resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the
Bandar Lengeh County in Hormozgān Province of Iran. Owing to its free trade
zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls,
shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated
population of 26,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island
annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by
The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination
in Southwest Asia after Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Foreign nationals wishing to enter Kish Free Zone from legal ports are not
required to obtain visas prior to travel. Valid travel permits are stamped for
14 days by airport and Kish port police officials.
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