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.
Ramtha area near the suburb of Wasit in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Total Area: 0.86 km2
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.