Astronaut Kimiya Yui captured from ISS the beautiful night view of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Strait of Hormuz. The image looks at UAE from Iran side and light clusters to the right is Abu Dhabi, to the left is Dubai, and the the one that forms a triangle with these two emirates is Al Ain.

Credit: Kimiya Yui, JAXA

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain), and was established on Dec. 2, 1971. It is bordered by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, and is in a strategic location slightly south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil. The UAE’s oil reserves are the seventh-largest in the world while its natural gas reserves are the world’s seventeenth-largest.

The night view of Dubai is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Kimiya Yui’s Tweet
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