Ahvaz

Ahvaz (Persian: اهواز, romanized: Ahvâz [æhˈvɒːz] (listen)) is a city in the southwest of Iran and the capital of Khuzestan province. Ahvaz's population is about 1,300,000[3] and its built-up area with the nearby town of Sheybani is home to 1,136,989 inhabitants. It is home to Persians, Arabs, Bakhtiaris, Dezfulis, Shushtaris, and others.[4] Languages spoken in the area include Persian and Arabic, as well as dialects of Luri (Bakhtiari), Dezfuli, Shushtari, and others.[5]

Ahvaz
اهواز
City
From top: The white bridge, black bridge, Ahwaz at night, the triangle building of Shahid Chamran University, the shrine of Ali ibn Mahziar, Karun river, and the 8th bridge (Ghadir-bridge).
Nickname: 
The City of Bridges
Ahvaz
Coordinates: 31°19′13″N 48°40′09″E
CountryIran
ProvinceKhuzestan
CountyAhvaz
BakhshCentral
Government
  MayorReza Amini[1]
Area
  City185 km2 (71 sq mi)
Elevation
17 m (52 ft)
Population
 (2021 Census)
  Urban
1,261,042[2]
  Metro
1,410,000
DemonymAhvazi
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)
Postal code
61xxx
Area code(+98) 61
ClimateBWh
Websitewww.ahvaz.ir

One of the 2 navigable rivers of Iran alongside the Arvand Rud (Shatt al-Arab), the Karun, passes through the middle of the city.[6] Ahvaz has a long history, dating back to the Achaemenid period. In ancient times, the city was one of the main centers of the Academy of Gondishapur.


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