Masafi - Tayibah area

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: A3, B3 (1994)
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Area: 2,000 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 low favourable negligible
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Site description
Shale foothills (400-600 m) divided by gravel plains and small wadis with scattered Acacia tortilis and Ziziphus spina-christi trees; the site is surrounded by more barren ophiolitic mountains. These savannah plains, set amidst a dramatic mountain landscape, are one of the most natural, unspoilt and beautiful environments in the UAE.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. A typical example of a bird community rare elsewhere in UAE. Other confirmed or probable breeding species include Hieraaetus fasciatus, Pterocles lichtensteinii, Bubo ascalaphus and Anthus similis.

Non-bird biodiversity: Butterflies: Neohipparchis parisatis (confined to the Hajar mountains in Arabia).

Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Masafi - Tayibah area. Downloaded from on 11/08/2022.