What Countries Border the Red Sea?

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Saudi Arabia and Yemen border the Red Sea on the east while Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Egypt border it on the west. Egypt also borders the Red Sea on the north along with Israel and Jordan.

Situated between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean. The Red Sea connects to the Gulf of Aden to the south via the Bab el Mandeb (strait), and it connects to the Mediterranean Sea to the north via the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal. Northern sea access is also possible from Middle Eastern countries by traveling through the Gulf of Aqaba (or Gulf of Eilat).

The Red Sea measures approximately 190 miles wide at its widest point, and it’s about 1,200 miles long. Its estimated average depth is 1,640 feet, according to WorldAtlas, and it has a maximum depth of 8,200 feet. Waters close to the shoreline are generally less than 330 feet deep.

The Red Sea region enjoys hot, sunny days with little rainfall. The combination of heat and little rainfall coupled with evaporation result in high salinity levels. With salinity levels of 3.6 to 3.8 percent, the Red Sea claims its place as one of the most saline bodies of water on Earth.