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Location Qatar, Ad Dawhah
Central coordinates 52o 15.00' East  25o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 22 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

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Site description An island 65 km due east of the mainland of Qatar, just less than 1-km long and c.500 m wide. A hill with crags, slopes and undulating sand with a good cover of salt-tolerant bushes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis breeding  1972  abundant  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa breeding  1973  present  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   minor
Coastline   minor
Desert   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised major

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Eretmochelys imbricata (E) nests, but numbers are reported to be very low.

Acknowledgements Information compiled by M. I. Evans.

References Gallagher et al. (1984), UNEP/IUCN (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shara'awh island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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