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Shiraz (/ʃiːˈrɑːz/; Persian: شیراز‎‎, Šīrāz, Persian pronunciation: [ʃiːˈrɒːz], ) is the sixth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province (Old Persian as Pârsâ). At the 2011 census, the population of the city was 1,460,665 and its built-up area with "Shahr-e Jadid-e Sadra" (Sadra New Town) was home to 1,500,644 inhabitants. Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the "Roodkhaneye Khoshk" (The Dry River) seasonal river. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. Shiraz is one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia. The earliest reference to the city, as Tiraziš, is on Elamite clay tablets dated to 2000 BC. In the 13th century, Shiraz became a leading center of the arts and letters, due to the encouragement of its ruler and the presence of many Persian scholars and artists. It was the capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1750 until 1800. Two famous poets of Iran, Hafez and Saadi, are from Shiraz, whose tombs are on the north side of the current city boundaries. Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers. It is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city, for example Eram Garden. Shiraz has had major Jewish and Christian communities. The crafts of Shiraz consist of inlaid mosaic work of triangular design; silver-ware; pile carpet-weaving and weaving of kilim, called gilim and jajim in the villages and among the tribes. In Shiraz industries such as cement production, sugar, fertilizers, textile products, wood products, metalwork and rugs dominate. Shirāz also has a major oil refinery and is also a major center for Iran's electronic industries: 53% of Iran's electronic investment has been centered in Shiraz. Shiraz is home to Iran's first solar power plant. Recently the city's first wind turbine has been installed above Babakoohi mountain near the city.

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A place in Iran, Shiraz is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. Popular vacation packages of Shiraz are of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Shiraz*

  • Pollution Statistics in Shiraz

    Know the pollution level of Shiraz before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 60.29 (High)
    • Water Pollution 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.23 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 39.58 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 43.75 (Moderate)
  • Shiraz: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Shiraz for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Shiraz.

    • Burglary and Theft 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 73.91 (High)
    • Car Stealing 55.21 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 64.58 (High)
    • Attacks 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 51.04 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.48 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 60.42 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.25 (Moderate)
  • Living in Shiraz - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Shiraz is 114.86 (High)

    • Safety Index 47.74 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 57.58 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 60.72 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 36.25 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 29.94 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.22 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.81 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 47.79 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Shiraz

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Shiraz

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.15 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.2 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 31.09 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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