Khor Al Beidah

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: A4, B2a, B3a (2017)
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Area: 5,000 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 high near favourable negligible
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Site description
A sheltered lagoon north-east of Umm al Quwain, containing intertidal mudflats (up to 400 m wide), islands and sparse mangrove Avicennia bounded inland by sabkhah and rolling dunes with salt-tolerant scrub. The area is difficult of access. Siniyah island (site 003) lies offshore. The site is used for small-scale fishing and for recreation.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. The site has been little investigated but held c.10,000 waterbirds in October-November 1986. The wintering Dromas ardeola are believed to breed on Abu al Abyadh island (site 017). At least 30 pairs of Egretta gularis breed on the adjacent island of Ghubbah.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khor Al Beidah. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.