Dayyinah Island (Diynah)

Site description (2017 baseline):

Site location and context
Offshore island at the border with Qatar having limited naval personnel station permanently. Only a portion of the islands is built up whereas major proportion of the island is safe for breeding birds.

Key biodiversity
Very important island for breeding Socotra Cormorant, Sooty Gull and Osprey in winter. Large number of Lesser-crested Terns, Bridled terns and White-cheeked Terns breed in summer. It is also very important for migrating birds that use the island for rest and to refuel.

Other biodiversity: Nesting Hawksbill Turtle, Dolphins are seen near the island.

Habitat and land use
Typical desert in terms of vegetation characteristics with some buildings for use by the navy.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is a navy area where personnel are stationed throughout the year. There is minimal disturbance to breeding birds by the stationed staff.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity

Protected areas

Data-sheet compiled by: Shahid Bashir Khan; Dr Salim Javed; Shakeel Ahmed (EAD).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Dayyinah Island (Diynah). Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.