On May 14, 2004, the morning overpass of the Terra satellite satellite over the Persian Gulf captured this image of a large dust storm spreading a veil of dust over the water and the countries surrounding the shores: (clockwise from top left corner) Iraq, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Saudia Arabia, and Kuwait. The peninsular country on the western shore of the Gulf is Qatar. The dust swirls in streamers, arcs, and parallel lines over more than half the Gulf.
Acquired July 31, 2009, this true-color image shows a thick plume of dust over the Persian Gulf. Just blown off the Iraqi coast, the dust engulfs Bahrain and Qatar, and heads for the United Arab Emirates.