Al Zorah (Khor Ajman)

Year of compilation: 2017

Site description
Al-Zorah Protected Area is among the top 5-6 most important natural wetlands in the northern Emirates. It supports a diversity of natural wetland habitats such as sand beaches, sabkha, intertidal mudflats, lagoons, creeks and mangrove forests, with the latter occupying about 50% of the Protected Area.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a total of 87 species including the globally vulnerable greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga) and Socotra cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis). The waterbirds that use Al-Zorah during their annual migration include the broad-billed sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) during passage and the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) in winter.

Other biodiversity: The mangroves (Avicennia marina) support a range of wildlife species by providing nursery habitats, shelter in the roots/branches and rookeries. Many migratory species depend on mangroves for part of their route migrations.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Urban activities (houses, hotels).

Protected areas
The site is a Ramsar site and is the only protected area in Ajman city and the Emirate of Ajman.

Land ownership
Ajman Municipality and Planning Department.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al Zorah (Khor Ajman). Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.