Protected Areas

Protected areas are key elements and important components of the environmental strategy of the Emirate of Sharjah and Environment and Protected Areas Authority, to maintain ecosystems and protect biodiversity of wildlife on land and sea and their natural habitats, by restoring growth and prosperity of the species and degraded areas in the Emirate of Sharjah. Accordingly, legislation and laws have been set for establishing and protecting these areas. Federal environmental law No. (24) for the year 1999, regarding environmental protection and development, defines reserves as: "land or water with special environmental nature (birds, animals, fish, plants, or natural phenomena of a cultural, environmental or aesthetic value), determined by a resolution of  Ministers Council, on the proposal of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority or the decision of the competent authority. Protected areas represent different ecosystems and form 4.6% of the area of Sharjah, which are: coasts and marine environment, sand dunes, mountainous areas, valleys, gravel plains, and the ecosystem of the sabkhas (marshes) as well as of geological structures. Protected areas in Sharjah is divided into nine protected areas. Each has a defined diverse ecosystem, including its rich biodiversity, which states that Sharjah has a variety in the ecological, biological and geological systems.

Jazirat Sir Bo Naair

Jazirat Sir Bo Naair

 

It is characterized by its rich marine, a costal ecology, and a high density of turtle nests as well as resident and migratory birds, which live i

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Alqurm Protected Area

Alqurm Protected Area

 

Alqurm protected area is located in the coastal areas of Kalba city, and it is characterized by having diverse ecosystems, such as sea water mangroves (Avicennia marina), swamps and salt marshes (sabkhas) and mudflats.

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Lehhfaiiah Protected Area

Lehhfaiiah Protected Area

 

the ecosystem is characterized by a mountainous area, rocks and gravel plains adjacent to the foothills of the mountains that have hills and trees

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Wasit Nature Reserve

Wasit Nature Reserve

 

It is an important site for bird ecology within the emirate of Sharjah, it is a unique landscape with a natural lake maintained by the upwelling of underground water.

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Ed Dhelaimah

Ed Dhelaimah

 

This protected area represents the ecosystem of sand dunes, which is famous for (Ghaf) trees (Prosopis cineraria). In addition to a biodiversity o

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Wadil helo

Wadil helo

 

Wadil-helo is a wildlife protected area with mountain slopes and valleys, and is known for Sidr trees or (Christ’s thorn), and has unique biodiversity in flora & funa.

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Elmentether Greenbelt Protected Area

Elmentether Greenbelt Protected Area

 

it is characterized by its desert environment, sand, and trees which is considered as a home for camels, cattle and wild animals.

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Meleiha Protected Area

Meleiha Protected Area

 

It is characterized by its rocky mountain ecosystem, and the presence of marine fossils that lived 70 years ago.

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Elfaya Protected Area

Elfaya Protected Area

 

It is characterized by its rocky mountain ecosystem, and the presence of marine fossils that lived 70 years ago.

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Elebriddi

Elebriddi

 

a wildlife protected area with gravel plains dominated by Acacia trees, which is a distinctive habitat for different forms of wildlife.

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Lemdynah

Lemdynah

 

A gravel plains area contains important physical and biological resources with a biological diversity of different species inhabiting it.

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