Abu Al Sayayif


Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: A4, B1a, B3a (2017)
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Area: 14,500 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 low unfavourable low
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Site description
Extensive inter-tidal mudflats near Abu Dhabi city that has mangrove stands.

Key biodiversity
Important area for breeding and wintering Greater Flamingo and resident Western Reef Heron. A very important site for wintering waterbirds (notably Bar-tailed Godwit), Osprey and birds of prey like Marsh harrier.


Other biodiversity: Occasional Hawksbill turtle.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abu Al Sayayif. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2020.