Kish (Persian: کیش) is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran.
Due 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 20,000 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 the Middle East after Dubai, U.A.E, 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.
Located on the north east of the Persian Gulf with a minimum distance of 17 km from the southern offshore of the mainland Iran, the Kish island with an area of 90 square kilometers is one of the most marvelous and most beautiful regions of the Persian Gulf and has attracted the attention of many tribes and nations since times immemorial. Oval in shape, the island is 15 km long and 8 km wide. The island is largely flat, sandy and uncultivated, with a high point of 45 meters above sea level. Although very hot and humid in summer, it has got a pleasant weather from about November to March, with an annual average temperature of 27 degrees centigrade. Its beautiful coast is covered with white silvery sand washed by azure blue waves of the sea. Already a famous island, Kish owes it present flourishing to its status as Iran’s first and, for a long time, the only free port, and its sweet water.
Kish has a long history of about 3000 years, being called under various names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss in the course of time. The island was known for the quality of its pearls; when Marco Polo was visiting the imperial court in China and remarked on the beauty of those worn by one of the Emperor’s wives, he was told that they had come from Kish. The island fell into decline in the 14th century when it was supplanted by Hormoz. It remained obscure until just before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, when it was developed as an almost private retreat for the Shah and his privileged guests, with its own international airport, palaces, luxury hotels and restaurants and even a grand casino. Shortly after the Revolution the new government appointed a very abled team of managers under Kish Free Zone Organization, KFZO, (formerly KIDO, Kish Island Development Organization) to establish Kish as a free zone, taking advantage of the facilities already in place.
The pace of development over recent years has been remarkable, outstripping anything found on the mainland. Nowadays the east coast of the Island resembles a vast building site, and already KFZO intend to develop Kish as a top-class regional holiday centre, particularly for foreign tourists and those interested in investment here. The island has got more than 15 tourist lodging complexes, including villas, hotels, guest houses, etc. Some of the most important accommodation facilities are: Kish Grand Hotel, Goldis Hotel, Saha Hotel, Tat Tours, Venus, Kish Elit, Marjan Kish, Simorgh, Didaniha, Morvarid Kish, Ferdows Kish, Dolphin, and Eram Kish Villas.
Availability of power and water supplies, advanced
telecommunication systems, very modern transportation
facilities, reliable monetary and banking systems,
welfare and health care centers, restaurants, sport
centers, as well as tax and duty visa exemption for
foreigners, entry and exit permit for capitals and
profits obtained, and a lot more are part of promising
elements for a splendid and prosperous future for the
The bulk of developments are planned to be completed by
1994, but whatever exist in Kish in terms of facilities
for tourists in addition to its beautiful and
fascinating seashores, marvelous natural sightseeing,
and scenery, make it a unique paradise of tourists. Here
you can go boating, swimming, diving, fishing, and
jogging all along the seashore and have a cheerful and
unforgettable stay. In Kish Aquarium, beautiful schools
of colored fish have been gathered by visiting of which
you will get the impression of having arrived at an
incredible picture of the world under the deep warm
waters of the Persian Gulf. Pearl Culturing and
Developing Centre is the next most attractive place
worth a visit. In case you decide to fly over the shiny
green waters of the Persian Gulf, a helicopter shuttle
service is also available. You may also use the same
shuttle to fly to the Hendurabi Island 24 km from Kish
and enjoy its recreational facilities. If you are
interested in historical monuments, you are recommended
to see the historical city of Harireh, erected back in
the 8th century AD, and mentioned in Golestan (Rose
Garden) of Sa’di, outstanding Iranian poet. Another
amusement available here, are the Iranian typical music,
concerts, and plays frequently held on the Kish Summer
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