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Wasit Nature Reserve is located at a meeting point between the land and the sea. It features extensive dunes, mud flats and salty lagoons, as well as fresh water pools, and is part of an ancient chain of historical wetlands along the Gulf coast. The reserve supports a wide range of wetland wildlife, providing food, nesting and shelter opportunities .

At its heart, the Wasit Wetland Centre brings visitors up close to coastal bird populations. Hosting over 60 species of resident and migratory birds, it offers unique viewing opportunities across large aviaries and from multiple hides located around the site. The centre also provides educational opportunities for visitors, with detailed bird information and activities.

Date of Declaration:  2007

It was declared as a protected area by the Emiri Decree No. (7 ) issued by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah on the establishment of Wasit Nature Reserve in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Geographical Location:

Ramtha area near the suburb of Wasit in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Total Area: 0.86 km2

Ecosystem Features:

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. The most distinguished feature of the reserve is the diverse ecosystem since it has different habitats and types of vegetation, compromising coastal sand dunes, along with salt flat (Sabkhas) linking ponds and a large open lake.

In addition to its rich biodiversity, including 198 different species of birds, as well as the great diversity of small mammals, reptiles and insects. Rare species of insects have been spotted, and they were recorded for the first time in the UAE.

Environmental Significance:

  1. It is considered as the lung of the Emirate of Sharjah; because of the beauty of its natural habitat, where the vegetation purify the air from harmful emissions and dust, by increasing the proportion of oxygen, reducing global warming, since it is located particularly near to the center of Sharjah City .
  2. It is an important spot in the UAE, to preserve rare and endangered species, and the natural ecological balance.
  3. It has a great importance for the development of eco-tourism, due to ecosystem diversity in terms of geological formation, vegetation, and species biodiversity
  4. It is considered as a shelter for resident and migratory birds, and an outlet for residents of nearby areas.

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