Biggest Cities in the Persian Gulf Region on the Map

Historically home to abundant pearls and dhows drifting along the water's surface, the Gulf region is best known today as a major shipping region for the world's petroleum, and increasingly as an international centre between the major population regions in the world. Can you name every city in the Gulf region with at least 150,000 people?
By urban area using Wikipedia +
Only counting cities in bordering regions
Quiz by Jiaozira
Last updated: December 10, 2022
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First submittedDecember 10, 2022
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5.27 mil
incl. Sharjah, Ajman
3.00 mil
Kuwait City
incl. Hawally, Al-Farwaniyah
2.24 mil
incl. Ar-Rayyan, Umm Salal Muhammad, Al-Wukair
1.75 mil
incl. Dhahran, Al-Khobar, Al-Qatif
1.56 mil
incl. Abu al-Khasib
1.52 mil
incl. Riffa, Muharraq
1.51 mil
Abu Dhabi
1.26 mil
660 k
incl. Al-Mubarraz
526 k
Bandar Abbas
496 k
Al Ain
399 k
incl. Andimeshk
393 k
370 k
323 k
271 k
Hafar al-Batin
263 k
Ras Al-Khaimah
231 k
162 k
Bandar-e Mahshahr
155 k
Level 70
Dec 10, 2022
Population is by urban area, meaning that the cities directly connected to one another are grouped together. The population I considered for each city is directly mapped above.

Only cities in the administrative regions which directly touch the Persian Gulf are considered. This helps me to add cities with an inland port and cities with a cultural, political and economic connection to the Gulf region. I considered colouring in the regions to make them more visible but I was hesitant to ruin the design of the map.

Oman borders the Persian Gulf, but I greyed it out because it is merely one exclave with no large cities.

Level 71
Dec 10, 2022
Great quiz as always Jiaozira! I'm a bit curious about Hafir al-Batin as it's a bit inland compared to the other ones. Is there a reason why it's still considered part of the Persian Gulf?
Level 70
Dec 10, 2022
Any city in a region bordering the Persian Gulf is eligible for the quiz, partially because it doesn't feel right to leave cities like Basra and Ahvaz out of the quiz, but also because of cultural reasons as well.

For example, I believe that the dominant language in Hafr al-Batin is Gulf Arabic, which is shared with regions from Kuwait all the way to Dubai.

Thank you for playing, JWatson!

Level 68
Dec 10, 2022
really good quiz, I think it also should accept Damman
Level 70
Dec 10, 2022
Thank you! The caveats under the city's name means that the automatic type-ins aren't applied here only the ones I manually added. Damman will work now.