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Sharqi Peninsula is a map featured in the Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion.



The PC version of Sharqi can range up to seven flags while the console version has up to five.

US Deployment[]

The US starts off controlling all flags, due to the map being only available in Conquest Assault.

RU Deployment[]

The RU Deployment is at the old Beach House flag. It features a small bay, which has RHIB boats that can be used to quickly access the Hotel or TV Station. The BTR-90 IFV and T-90 tank are available here. A Mi-28 Havoc spawns on a helipad at the deployment.

A: City Entrance[]

The City Entrance is the most westward flag. It is usually one of the first flags to be captured by the RU, because of its proximity to the RU Deployment. The Entrance contains 2 levels, a lower level and an upper level, connected by 3 roads. In the center, there is a 4-way intersection.

B: Surveillance Point[]

The Surveillance Point flag is just west of the Construction Site. Due to its elevation over the Construction Site, it makes a good vantage point.

The layout of this flag is an urban area, with a road running down the side closest to the Construction Site. The entire area of the flag is boxed in with destructibe walls. It is on a hill, which puts the main area of the flag in a position to overwatch the Construction Site, hence the flag's name.

C: Hotel[]

The Hotel is positioned just south of the Construction Site. Its layout it similar to all hotels featured in Back to Karkand, with an empty pool, a lobby at the bottom of the building, and a ladder up to the top.

The Hotel spawns a VDV Buggy if it is controlled by the RU, or a Growler ITV if it is controlled by the US. Due to its proximity to the Construction Site, it is an ideal point to capture. The top of the Hotel is a popular sniping area due to its height.

D: Construction Site[]

Due to its centrality in the map, it is a strategically sound point to capture. The buildings offer good vantage with decent cover to overlook many of the other points. The crane is also a good reason to hold this point, as any recon who can safely scale it has a clear line of sight to nearly every point on the map.

From the top, a SOFLAM can be planted which can distract tanks and choppers long enough for ground engineers to be effective. If sniping, be aware that the crane is also a target for annoyed choppers and Recons, so it is crucial to either plant a beacon or escape.

E: Alleyway[]

The Alleyway is positioned to the north of both the City Entrance and the Surveillance Point. It is generally a secondary flag, normally captured only by attackers that hope to flank both the Parking Lot and TV Station.

F: Parking Lot[]

This secondary flag is often captured by the attackers to support a further attack at the often heavily guarded TV Station, due to its proximity and covered pathway to the TV Station.

G: TV Station[]

The TV station is a key objective. It overlooks much of the map and has a large open roof that will prove useful to Recon. The TV station is one of the highest points on the map and players will have a good line of sight to the construction areas.

The roof of the TV station is an ideal spot for snipers but is a dangerous place to be because of enemy snipers on the crane. A helicopter spawns for the defenders on the roof. There are several entrances to reach the flag; the main, side and back. If the attackers are quick enough in spawning onto the RHIB boat, they can quickly rush up towards the roof which will provide a stable spawn point.

It is valuable to note in conquest, that if RU (the outer bases) control point G (TV Station) the US will not only have no access to a helicopter, but the RU will have access to two helicopters.


  • The C flag is a hotel much like the A flag on Strike at Karkand. In fact, these two hotels have almost exactly the same layout, stairs and interior. The same hotel can be also found on Gulf of Oman.
  • In the stairwell at E, you can hear the MEC theme from Battlefield 2, which is Sharqi Peninsula's loading theme in that game.
  • The loading theme for the map is the same as Grand Bazaar's.
  • A later patch added an AH-6J Little Bird for the attackers in the map's Rush variant.
  • According to the MAV coordinates, Sharqi Peninsula is based on Doha, Qatar. This makes sense because "Sharqi (شرقي)" means "eastern", and Qatar is inside the eastern peninsula of the Arabian Peninsula. Another indication that Sharqi Peninsula is based on Doha, Qatar is the presence of a large TV station building. In reality, the widely known satellite television network, Al Jazeera, is based in Doha, and the presence of a TV station in the map is likely a reference to the Al Jazeera television network.