Konarak, Iran

Konarak (Persian: كنارك‎, also Romanized as Konārak and Kenārak; also known as Kūmārak and Kunārak)[2] is a city in and the capital of Konarak County, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 28,685, in 6,044 families.[3]


Konarak is located in Iran
Coordinates: 25°21′37″N 60°23′58″E / 25.36028°N 60.39944°E / 25.36028; 60.39944Coordinates: 25°21′37″N 60°23′58″E / 25.36028°N 60.39944°E / 25.36028; 60.39944
Country Iran
ProvinceSistan and Baluchestan
 (2016 Census)
 • Total43,258 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

It is situated in the western coast of Chabahar Bay, facing Chabahar Port to the East, on the Makran coast on the Gulf of Oman, about 50 km West of the Iran-Pakistan coastal border line.[4]. Like in nearby Pakistan's Balochistan province, the overwhelming majority of the city's inhabitants are ethnic Baloch who speak the Balochi language.

Konarak Airport is a military airbase (see below), which also has civilian flights.

Military BasesEdit

Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (army, navy, air force) have established bases in Konarak for a long time — the construction of which started in the 1970s — before the Iranian Revolution, with the support of Western engineering, construction and logistics firms such as Brown & Root. The Iranian Navy also has a related base in Pasabandar, further East and very close to the border with Pakistan. The support vessel Konarak was named in the city's honour; the Konarak was destroyed in a 2020 accident.


  1. ^ https://www.amar.org.ir/english
  2. ^ Konarak, Iran can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3071936" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. ProStar Publications. 1 January 2007. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-57785-755-6.