Arabian Sea

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Location of the Arabian Sea

The Arabian Sea is a region of the northern Indian Ocean bounded on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the west by the Gulf of Aden, Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Peninsula, on the southeast by the Laccadive Sea, on the southwest by the Somali Sea, and on the east by India. Its total area is 3,862,000 km2 (1,491,000 sq mi) and its maximum depth is 4,652 meters (15,262 ft). The Gulf of Aden in the west connects the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea through the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, and the Gulf of Oman is in the northwest, connecting it to the Persian Gulf.

The Arabian Sea has been crossed by many important marine trade routes since the third or second millennium BC.

Sea Ports

Major seaports include

  1. Chabahar
  2. Gwadar
  3. Kandla
  4. Karachi
  5. Kochi
  6. Mangalore
  7. Mormugão
  8. Mumbai formerly Bombay
  9. Navi
  10. Nhava Sheva
  11. Okha
  12. Qasim
  13. Salalah


The largest islands in the Arabian Sea include Socotra (Yemen), Masirah Island (Oman), Lakshadweep (India) and Astola Island (Pakistan).