Stream of the Arabs
In the false-colour, 100 m resolution PROBA-V image dated around Christmas time last year, we can follow the Stream of the Arabs (Shatt al-Arab) from the joining of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the northwest, passing by the Central and Hawizeh Marshes and the Iraqi city of Basra (centre, faintly green). After that, the river coincides with the Iraq-Iran border and passes the protected Shadegan Ponds, that are home to migrating European, Canadese and Siberian water birds, until reaching its mouth into the Persian Gulf (southeast). To the south of the river and next to a colourful discharge plume into the Gulf, we see Bubiyan and its smaller neighbour Warbah, uninhabited islands of Kuwait. The Mubarak Al-Kabeer Reserve is located in the northern part of Bubiyan Island and is the first wetland of Kuwait designated as important under the Ramsar convention.