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Location Kuwait, Al Kuwayt
Central coordinates 47o 49.00' East  29o 22.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3
Area 450 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Kuwait Environment Protection Society (Affiliate)

Site description A sandy sabkhah, some of which is flooded by exceptional tides, with salt-tolerant vegetation; associated intertidal mudflats are considered as part of site 005. Drainage water from a few nearby private chalets or an Entertainment Park flows across part of the site and supports 0.5 ha of Phragmites reedbed. The reserve is bisected by a public lane to the chalets, and within it there is also a major outlet for seawater coolant used by Doha power-stations. Previously the site was used at weekends for picnics and recreation.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. The salt-tolerant vegetation provides a favoured roost site for waders, especially in winter and during migration seasons. Important January counts include Ardea cinerea (90), Recurvirostra avosetta (85) and Larus genei (900). About 70 species have been recorded; the site is not well-watched by local standards.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola winter  1988-1990  25-290 individuals  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1988-1990  275-480 individuals  medium  B1i  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2013 low not assessed not assessed

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Doha Protected Area 450 is identical to site 450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   minor
Artificial - aquatic   major
Coastline   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
Notes: Wildlife conservation/research
urban/industrial/transport minor
Notes: Urban/industrial/utility
tourism/recreation minor

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ad-Doha Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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