Ad-Doha Nature Reserve

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1994 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata NT winter 1988-1990 275-480 individuals B1i
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola LC winter 1988-1990 25-290 individuals B3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1994).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed low not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Sulaibikhat Marine Natural Reserve محمية الطبيعية 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sulaibikhat Gulf Beach (Al-Doha) Natural Reserve محمية الطبيعية 80 protected area overlaps with site 450


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Hot -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Waste-water treatment areas, Canals, drainage channels & ditches -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ad-Doha Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.