On 29 August 2014, I was on flight EK038 to Dubai. When the plane was passing over a mountainous region of Iran at cruising altitude (on the early morning of the 30th), I looked out the window and could spot many yellow lights, that looked quite large. The brightness, apparent size and colour of the lights suggests to me that they were fires, perhaps from oil fields or something? (The lights were individual spots)

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    EK038. I noticed it avoided Ukraine and Iraq. – binaryfunt May 14 '15 at 17:31
  • Sorry, I should have been more explicit, can you positively identify for us your exact flight including airline and date? We can look up the exact flight path to see where you overflew, which might help make this answerable. – CGCampbell May 14 '15 at 17:36
  • Emirates EK038 Departure 21:00 29/08/14 – binaryfunt May 14 '15 at 17:43

As an Iranian I'd say most probable explanation is that you've seen gas flares of some oil refineries.

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