Arabian Sea Map

The Arabian Sea is a section of the northern Indian Ocean bordered by Pakistan, Iran, and the Gulf of Oman on the north, the Gulf of Aden, the Guardafui Channel, and the Arabian Peninsula on the west, the Laccadive Sea and the Maldives on the southeast, Somalia on the southwest, and India on the east. It covers an area of 3,862,000 km2 and has a maximum depth of 4,652 meters. The Gulf of Aden in the west connects the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea via the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, and the Gulf of Oman in the northwest connects the Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf. Since the era of coastal sailing vessels, potentially as early as the third millennium BCE, and certainly from the late second millennium BCE through the later days known as the Age of Sail, the Arabian Sea has been an important marine trading route.