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Location Saudi Arabia, Makkah
Central coordinates 39o 9.20' East  21o 22.60' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 900 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)

Site description The site comprises the coastal lagoons just north of Jiddah port (21°30'N 39°10'E) and along the South Corniche road (21°23'N 39°07'E), south of the military area. It contains extensive sandy and muddy intertidal flats and shallow lagoons with sandy islands/peninsulas. All the surrounding area has been landfilled and urbanized, and the whole landward side of the site is bordered by roads.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia winter  1992  255-277 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Egretta gularis winter  1992  294-440 individuals  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath winter  1992  1 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  1992  381-412 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica winter  1992  104-137 individuals  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus winter  1992  11 individuals  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei winter  1992  2,230-5,475 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia winter  1992  79-137 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management major
tourism/recreation major

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by P. Symens.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jiddah south corniche and port. Downloaded from on 31/10/2014

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