Jiddah south corniche and port

Country/territory: Saudi Arabia

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 900 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 very high not assessed negligible
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Site description (baseline)
The site comprises the coastal lagoons just north of Jiddah port (21°30'N 39°10'E) and along the South Corniche road (21°23'N 39°07'E), south of the military area. It contains extensive sandy and muddy intertidal flats and shallow lagoons with sandy islands/peninsulas. All the surrounding area has been landfilled and urbanized, and the whole landward side of the site is bordered by roads.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. This is the richest area of the central Red Sea coast for wintering waterbirds, and has a high density of migrating and wintering waders due to the presence of sewage outlets from Jiddah. In 1990 dozens of nests of Phoenicopterus ruber were present as were large numbers of displaying birds, although the colony disappeared after the site was flooded by spring tides.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by P. Symens.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jiddah south corniche and port. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.