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Photos: Hot Air Balloons Festival in Shiraz, Iran

Photos by Amir Hossein Zolfaghari, ISNA

For the first time in Iran, 12 hot air balloons flew over the skies of the city of Shiraz in southern Iran on May 28. This international ballooning festival was organized by Shiraz municipality with the cooperation of other organizations. Professional balloon riders from European countries participated in this festival which was attended by Shiraz residents.

The 12 balloons took off at the same time from two spots, Hafezieh stadium and the Medical Sciences University. After flying over the city for about two hours, the balloons landed at different spots.


This festival was held during Shiraz's Cultural Week with the goal of  promoting balloon riding and tourism in Shiraz and Iran and creating a recreational environment for the residents of the city.

Shiraz is the sixth most populous city in Iran and the capital of Fars Province. Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the Rudkhaneye Khoshk seasonal river. Shiraz has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for more than a thousand years. Fars is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It has an area of 122,400 km square. In 1996, this province had a population of 3.8 million people, of which 56.7% were registered as urban dwellers, 41.0% villagers, and 1.4% nomad tribes.


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