Gulf of Aqaba
Sinai Peninsula, Gulf of Suez(west), Gulf of Aqaba(east) viewed from Space Shuttle STS-40. Click for broader view.The Gulf of Aqaba, sometimes known as the Gulf of Eilat, is a gulf on the Red Sea. The northern end of the Red Sea is bifurcated by the Sinai Peninsula, creating the Gulf of Suez in the west and to the east the Gulf of Aqaba. The Gulf of Aqaba stretches some 120 miles north from the Straits of Tiran, ending where the southern border of Israel meets the borders of Egypt and Jordan. Three resort cities, Taba in Egypt, Eilat in Israel, and Aqaba in Jordan have served both as strategically important ports and popular destinations for tourists seeking to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.