UAE offshore island, habitat of Socotra cormorant

Coasts and islands

Of international importance for visiting birds, in particular long-distance migrant shorebirds, the coasts of the United Arab Emirates are very varied, from the rocky shores on the Gulf of Oman to the sandy islands in the Arabian Gulf.

Large colonies of a great variety of seabirds breed on the UAE’s many offshore islands, and share these important habitats with a variety of other species.