Arak, Iran

Arak (Persian اراک ) is the capital and with almost 500,000 inhabitants (as of 2010) the largest city of Markazi province in Iran. The city is surrounded on the west, east and south by mountains and bordered by the cities of Qom and Isfahan. Arak is about 1,750 m above sea level and is located 280 km from the capital Tehran away.

About 52 km north west of Arak builds the Iranian government the IR - 40, a heavy water reactor, which could provide plutonium.


  • Arak airport

Colleges and Universities

  • Medical University of Arak
  • Technical University of Arak
  • University of Arak
  • Islamic Azad University of Arak
  • Tarbiat Moallem University of Arak -

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Squad Abdolah (* 1954), writer
  • Mohammad Ali Araki (1885-1994), Grand Ayatollah
  • Morteza Bayat Gholi (1890-1955), Prime Minister
  • Mansour Bahrami ( born 1956 ), tennis player
  • Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967), poet
  • Reza Vafaei (1924-2004), education consultant and developer competence
  • Amir Kabir (1807-1852), prime minister, reformer
  • Ata'ollah Mohajerani (* 1954), Ershad - Minister