Iran - United Arab
The Imperial Government of Iran
and the Government of the State of the United Arab Emirates
(Dubai) signed an agreement on August 31, 1974, regarding the
delimitation of their continental shelf boundary. The agreement
was ratified by Iran on March 15, 1975, but it has yet to be
ratified by the U.A.E. Neither government is a party to the 1958
Geneva Convention on the Continental Shelf.
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The Agreement Concerning the Boundary Line Dividing Parts of the
Continental Shelf Between Iran and the United Arab Emirates
The Government of the State of U.A.E and the Imperial Government
of Iran desirous of establishing in a just, equitable and precise
manner the boundary line between the respective areas of
continental shelf over which they have sovereign rights in
accordance with international law,
Have agreed as follows:
The boundary line dividing the continental shelf lying between
the territory of U.A.E. on one side and that of Iran on the other
side, except in the vicinity of Sirri Island, shall consist of
geodetic lines between the following points:
Point 1: 54ß05'16"
long. East 25ß38'13"
lat. North to
Point 2: 54ß26'18"
long. East 25ß39'55"
lat. North to
Point 3: 54ß30'25"
long. East 25ß41'35"
lat. North From this point the boundary line coincides with the
southern 12-mile limit of the territorial waters of the Sirri
Point 4: 54ß44'50"
long. East 25ß47'20"
Point 5: 54ß45'07"
long. East 25ß47'30"
If any single geological Petroleum structure or Petroleum field,
or any single geological structure or field of any other mineral
deposit extends across the boundary line set out in Article (1)
of this Agreement and the part of such structure of field which
is situated on one side of that Boundary line could be exploited
wholly or in part by directional drilling from the other side of
the Boundary line then:
(a) No well shall be drilled on either side of the Boundary line
as set out in Article (1) so that any producing section thereof
is less than 125 meters from the said Boundary line, except by
mutual agreement between the two Governments.
(b) Both Governments shall endeavour to reach agreement as to be
the manner in which the operations on both sides of the Boundary
line could be coordinated or unitised.
The Boundary line referred to in Article (1) herein has been
illustrated on the British Admiralty Chart No: 2837 which is
annexed to this Agreement.
Nothing in this Agreement shall affect the status of the
superajacent [sic] waters or airspace above any party of the
(a) This Agreement shall be ratified and the instruments of
ratification shall be exchanged at......................as soon
(b) This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of the
exchange of instruments of ratification.
In witness thereof the Undersigned being duly authorized by their
respective Governments, have signed the present Agreement.
Done in duplicate at Tehran the 24 Rajab 1394 corresponding to
the 13 August 1974 in the Arabic, Persian, and English languages,
all texts being equally authoritative.
For the State of U.A.E. For the Imperial Government of Iran