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Hormozgan Province

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, facing Oman and UAE. Its' area is 70,697 km2 (27,296 sq mi),[2] and its' provincial capital is Bandar Abbas. The province has 14 islands located in the Persian Gulf, and 1,000 km (620 mi) of coastline.
The province has eleven major cities, namely: Bandar Abbas, Bandar Lengeh, Hajiabbad, Minab, Qeshm, Jask, Bastak, Bandar Khamir, Parsian, Rudan, and Abumusa. The province also has 21 counties (or districts), 69 municipalities, and 2046 villages. In 2007, the population of the province was at almost 1.5 million.
Geography and culture
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 120F (49C) in summers. There is very little precipitation year round.


Economy
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, namely Esteghlal Dam (i.e. Minab Dam, which supplies major part of consuming water of the Bandar Abbas), Jegin Dam, and Shemil Dam.
Germany has recently offered to build a bridge that would connect Qeshm island to the mainland, a formidable project.
Hormozgan has two free trade zones, one in Kish, the other on Qeshm island. The Kish Island, situated in a free-trade zone, is home of the Iranian oil bourse (one of five exchanges of its kind in the world, but the only one explicitly not trading oil and derivatives in U.S. dollars).


Attractions
The Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, Hormoz Island, Iran
Hormozgan has 4- and 5-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 (6 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