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Location Saudi Arabia, Tabuk
Central coordinates 36o 40.60' East  28o 21.90' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 150 ha
Altitude 750 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)

Site description Sewage settling lagoons within the airbase which support large reedbeds Phragmites, though these are subject to cutting and burning. The lagoons are bordered partly by sand and scrub desert, partly by areas with irrigated trees (mainly Eucalyptus), shrubs and grass. About 10 km from the base and c.5 km from Military City is a reservoir of c.100 ha in an area of desert bordered by military training grounds. The Tabuk area, surrounded on three sides by mountains, was formerly desert but is now intensively cultivated.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1993  4-9 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   35%
Desert   60%
Artificial - aquatic   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military major
Notes: Other: Military
rangeland/pastureland minor
water management minor

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by A. Stagg.

References Stagg (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: King Faisal Airbase, Tabuk. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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