Sir Abu Nu’ayr

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Sir Abu Nu’ayr
Arabic: صير بو نعير‎‎
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Sir Abu Nu’ayr is located in United Arab Emirates
Sir Abu Nu’ayr
Sir Abu Nu’ayr
Sir Abu Nu’ayr (United Arab Emirates)
Geography
Location Persian Gulf
Coordinates 25°13′54″N 54°13′20″E / 25.23167°N 54.22222°E / 25.23167; 54.22222Coordinates: 25°13′54″N 54°13′20″E / 25.23167°N 54.22222°E / 25.23167; 54.22222
Area 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)[1]
Length 4.25 km (2.641 mi)[2]
Width 4 km (2.5 mi)[3]
Highest elevation 81 m (266 ft)[4]
Administration
Emirate Sharjah

Sir Abu Nu’ayr (Arabic: صير أبو نعير‎‎, also romanized as Sir Abu Neir, Sir Bu Nair, Sir Bu Nuair or Sir AlQawasim) is an island in the Persian Gulf. Lying 65 kilometres (40 mi)[5] off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, roughly 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Abu Dhabi city, and 103 kilometres (64 mi) west of Dubai, it belongs to the Emirate of Sharjah.[6][7][8]

Sir Abu Nu’ayr is almost perfectly round with a diameter of four kilometers, and a one kilometer long extension at its southeast end, making the shape of the whole island appear as a drop.[9]

Sir Abu Nu’ayr is a salt-piercement structure formed by the movement of late Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian Hormuz Formation salt. The salt has moved progressively upward, puncturing through the younger overlying strata to create a salt dome structure. Surface expressions are composed of evaporites rocks, plus igneous rocks and quartzitic sandstone.

Sharjah has a small harbor and an airfield (ICAO: OMSN)[10] both located at the island's southeast end.

Crescent Petroleum is the concession holder of the Sir Abu Nu’ayr area.[11] The acreage is flanked to the north-northeast by Dubai's Fateh Oil Field complex, to the north by the Sirri Island oil field of Iran and to the west by the prolific oil and gas fields of Abu Dhabi.

The island, an environmentally protected area under the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA),[12][13] has been registered on the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention,[14][15] and was in 2012 listed as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sharjah plans five-star hotel on Bu Nuair island". GulfNews.com. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Vegetation of Offshore Islands in the Gulf". Enhg3.4t.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Vegetation of Offshore Islands in the Gulf". Enhg3.4t.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Vegetation of Offshore Islands in the Gulf". Enhg3.4t.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Mega Projects That will Shape Emirates Future". MoneyShow.com. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  6. ^ Peter Hellyer; Simon Aspinall; Environment Agency -- Abu Dhabi (January 2005). The Emirates: a natural history. Trident Press. ISBN 978-1-905486-02-1. 
  7. ^ Oxford Business Group (2008). The Report: Sharjah 2008. Oxford Business Group. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-1-902339-02-3. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to". Buzzdubai.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  9. ^ "Wildlife paradise on Sir Bu Nair island | The National". Thenational.ae. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  10. ^ "Airport codes Sir Abu Nair, United Arab Emirates (AE) | ICAO, IATA codes, location of airports of Airport codes Sir Abu Nair, United Arab Emirates (AE) | latitude, longitude airports of Airport codes Sir Abu Nair, United Arab Emirates (AE) | coordinates of airports of Airport codes Sir Abu Nair, United Arab Emirates (AE) | International codes and coordinates of all airports in the world | International codes and coordinates of all airports in Airport codes Sir Abu Nair, United Arab Emirates (AE)". Airportsbase.org. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  11. ^ "Sir Abu Nu'ayr Concession | Select Projects | Crescent Petroleum". Crescent.ae. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Business - Shurooq unveils Sir Bu Nuair Island project". Khaleejtimes.com. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  13. ^ Zabara, Manar (2001-04-05). "Oil slick threatens protected island near Sharjah | GulfNews.com". M.gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  14. ^ "Sir Bu Nuair Island registered as international wetland". GulfNews.com. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  15. ^ "Sharjah’s Sir Bu Nair Island added to global list of protected areas | The National". Thenational.ae. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  16. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Centre (2012-01-30). "Sir Bu Nair Island - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2014-01-24.