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Location Kuwait, Al Kuwayt
Central coordinates 47o 51.00' East  29o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3
Area 4,845 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Kuwait Environment Protection Society (Affiliate)

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola winter  1988-1990  112-320 individuals  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1988-1990  212-360 individuals  medium  B1i  Near Threatened 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei winter  1988-1990  950-1,500 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   minor
Coastline Intertidal marshes; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Shallow marine waters; Subtidal aquatic beds  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation major
Notes: Recreation
urban/industrial/transport minor
Notes: Urban/industrial/utility
fisheries/aquaculture major
hunting minor

Other biodiversity Invertebrates: the crab Cleistostoma kuwaitense (endemic).

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sulaibikhat Bay. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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