Dayyinah Island (Diynah)

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA criteria met: A1, A4, B2a, B3a, B3b (2017)
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Area: 200 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2017 near favourable low negligible
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Site description (2017 baseline)
Offshore island at the border with Qatar having limited naval personnel station permanently. Only a portion of the islands is built up whereas major proportion of the island is safe for breeding birds.

Key biodiversity
Very important island for breeding Socotra Cormorant, Sooty Gull and Osprey in winter. Large number of Lesser-crested Terns, Bridled terns and White-cheeked Terns breed in summer. It is also very important for migrating birds that use the island for rest and to refuel.

Other biodiversity: Nesting Hawksbill Turtle, Dolphins are seen near the island.

Data-sheet compiled by: Shahid Bashir Khan; Dr Salim Javed; Shakeel Ahmed (EAD).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Dayyinah Island (Diynah). Downloaded from on 29/02/2024.