Yasat Island

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4, B2a, B3a, B3b (2017)
For more information about IBA criteria please click here

Area: 2,000 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 high favourable high
For more information about IBA monitoring please click here

Site description
Three islands up to 36 m high in the south-east Arabian Gulf, 35 km north of Abu Dhabi mainland and 70 km west of Sir Bani Yas island. North Yasat is uninhabited. The islands are fringed by coral reefs.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. This is a very important seabird breeding site, judging by the only two surveys in May 1990 and March-April 1993. Other breeding species include Egretta gularis (7 pairs), Pandion haliaetus (17-20 pairs), Charadrius alexandrinus, Sterna anaethetus ('large colonies' were found forming on all three islands in May 1990, and a group of 250 birds was on North Yasat in April 1993), Eremopterix nigriceps and Alaemon alaudipes.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: dolphins Tursiops truncatus and Sousa chinensis (K) occur, and sea-turtles Chelonia mydas (E) probably nest.

Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson (per Adrian Chapman).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yasat Island. Downloaded from on 24/05/2022.