Ghagha Island

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4, B2a, B3a, B3b (2017)
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Area: 800 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 medium favourable low
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Site description
Flat, arid islands in the Arabian Gulf close to the Saudi Arabia and Qatar borders. The islands were formerly inhabited and cultivated.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. A major breeding and wintering (roosting) site for Phalacrocorax nigrogularis. Seven pairs of Pandion haliaetus breed and c.30 birds are present in winter.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Simon Aspinall.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ghagha Island. Downloaded from on 28/09/2022.