Konarak (Persian: كنارك, also Romanized as Konārak and Kenārak; also known as Kūmārak and Kunārak) 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.
|Province||Sistan and Baluchestan|
|• Total||43,258 |
|Time zone||UTC+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.. 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.
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.
- 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".
- "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.
- Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. ProStar Publications. 1 January 2007. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-57785-755-6.
|This Konarak County location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|