United Arab Emirates designates Al-Zora Protected Area as a Ramsar Site

United Arab Emirates designates Al-Zora Protected Area as a Ramsar Site

19 July 2017
United Arab Emirates

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Al-Zora Protected Area

The United Arab Emirates has designated its seventh Wetland of International Importance. The Al-Zora Protected Area in Ajman city (Ramsar Site no. 2309) is a protected area covering 195 hectares at the end of the one-kilometre Ajman Creek which flows into the Gulf. The Site is dominated by mangrove forests but also includes a number of other coastal and inland wetland types such as intertidal mudflats, lagoons and creeks.

The Ramsar Site is also recognised as one of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in the region; it supports 87 bird species including the vulnerable greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga) and Socotra cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis). It is also an important area for migrating birds such as the broad-billed sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus), and the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) in winter. The Site is significant locally as it is the only protected area and the largest mangrove area in Ajman city and the Emirate of Ajman; and more widely for the species which it supports.