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Location Qatar, Ad Dawhah
Central coordinates 51o 34.00' East  25o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 65 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

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Site description A small, low, rocky outcrop within 5 km of the northern outskirts of Doha, and 3 km offshore. Surface is loose, weathered limestone rock with uneven cover of salt-tolerant bushes (Zygophyllum, Limonium). A sand-spit extends south for about 2 km at low tide, and there are broad intertidal flats to the south and east, and coral reefs nearby. The island is occasionally visited by fishermen and authorized falcon-trappers.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis breeding  1990-1991  350 nests  poor  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa breeding  1992  25 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   minor
Coastline Coral reefs; Rocky shores; Sand, shingle & pebble shores; Shallow marine waters; Subtidal aquatic beds  major
Desert   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture minor
other minor
Notes: Authorized falcon-trapping. Exploitation of seabird eggs may also be occurring.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Bob Nation.

References ABCS (1986), Planning Dept. (1992).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-Aliyah island. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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