Khor Al Jazirah

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4, B3a, B3b (2017)
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Area: 500 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 very high unfavourable negligible
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Site description
A large bay c.15 km long with extensive intertidal mudflats, sandbars and islets, lying c.10 km south of Ras al Khaimah town. High (30 m) sand-dunes guard the bay to the south-east. Above the tideline there is salt-tolerant scrub, and mature Prosopis trees on the dunes, heavily grazed by camels and goats. The whole area is very scenic and is much frequented by picnicers at weekends.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. The site has been little investigated but holds at least c.3,500 waterbirds in autumn (based on a single survey). About 100 Egretta gularis have been counted in winter.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khor Al Jazirah. Downloaded from on 08/12/2022.