Al-Aliyah island

Country/territory: Qatar

IBA criteria met: A1, B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 65 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 medium not assessed not assessed
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Site description (baseline)
A small, low, rocky outcrop within 5 km of the northern outskirts of Doha, and 3 km offshore. Surface is loose, weathered limestone rock with uneven cover of salt-tolerant bushes (Zygophyllum, Limonium). A sand-spit extends south for about 2 km at low tide, and there are broad intertidal flats to the south and east, and coral reefs nearby. The island is occasionally visited by fishermen and authorized falcon-trappers.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Surveys in 1992 and 1993 found Phalacrocorax nigrogularis (350 pairs), Egretta gularis (17 pairs), and second-hand reports of Sterna bengalensis (75 pairs), S. repressa (see box) and S. anaethetus (50 pairs). None of these populations exceed the 1% population levels, but the figures for terns are probably underestimates.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Bob Nation.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Al-Aliyah island. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.