Ed Dhelaimah

Ed Dhelaimah

Date of Declaration : 2007

Ed-dhelaimah Protected Area was announced as a protected area in March 2007. "Ed-dhelaimah" in Arabic means "The Dark Area", because of the high density of bushy big close (Ghaf) trees (Prosopis cineraria), which makes it dark during the day since sun light don’t pass through.

Geographical Location: it is located in Al Batayeh area, Sharjah- Al Dhaid Road, and specifically to the east of crossroad 12.

Total Area: it is estimated to be 1.9413 km2

Ecosystem Features: This protected area represents the ecosystem of sand dunes, which is famous for (Ghaf) trees (Prosopis cineraria). In addition to a biodiversity of different wild species, some of which have been released to live within the protected area; such as gazelles which are rare endangered species, and the endangered Arabian Oryx. In addition to sand snake, and sand fish that live beneath the surface of the sand, as well as the Ethiopian hedgehog.

Environmental Significance: It is one of the most important protected areas in Sharjah, where many wild animals were released by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. It also provide an appropriate environment for endangered fauna and flora. In addition of being a home for some reptiles, foxes, and some birds like Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse and Grey Francolin.