Sulaibikhat Bay

Country/territory: Kuwait

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B3 (1994)
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Area: 4,845 ha

Kuwait Environment Protection Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
A shallow, relatively well-sheltered bay, part of the larger Kuwait Bay system, with extensive intertidal mudflats (c.2,250 ha); reportedly the most productive shore in Kuwait, and an economically valuable shrimp nursery. Traditional fishing by fixed traps ('hadra') and recreational fishing occur; the hadra (on the intertidal flats) appear to be in poor repair, and may have been abandoned because of Iraqi mine-laying in the area.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. The site is important for coastal waterfowl during winter and on passage, especially Ardea cinerea (90, January) and Recurvirostra avosetta (95, January). It is fairly well watched by local standards, and at least 70 bird species have been recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: Invertebrates: the crab Cleistostoma kuwaitense (endemic).

Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sulaibikhat Bay. Downloaded from on 01/02/2023.