- Destination: YemenDescription:
Yemen has a sea coast from midi in the red sea to Al Moakley on the Arab sea with more than 2500 km2 length. This expansion made Yemen have several island spread on booth saws length: Red and Arab Seas. Yemeni Islands are almost 182, with most importantly Socotra Island. It is one of the biggest Yemeni island. It looks like a pearl in Arab sea and contains the strangest and rarest plants and birds in the world.
It had several ancient names; incense island, oblibanum island, DAM AL AKHWIN island. Among names of social type is "NAEM island, BARAKA island and pearl island".
Historical reference indicate that Socotra island, since the first millennium before Christ, has represented one of the important centers to produce commodities used in worshiping rites for ancient old religion an it's called the holly commodities as the prevailing belief was that the earth which produces holy commodities at that time is in an earth which produces holy commodities at that time i an earth blessed by God; therefore, its presents in old Geographical Book.
Natural Life and Wide Biodiversity
Socotra island maintained during the past centuries its pure original environment which contains several wild and sea creatures, especially rare and unique birds and plants in the world.
- Destination: Yemen
Biodiversity of Socotra
Thanks to its geographic characteristics, Socotra was given an exclusive chance to develop a unique biodiversity. No other continent or island offers the same set of species of fauna and flora. This is the reason for Socotra’s nickname “Galapagos of the Indian ocean”. While thousands of tourists come to the Ecuador archipelago every year paying sky high prices for a biodiversity tour, Socotra stays yet out of focus. However its 308 endemics out of 835 plants (37 %) rank Socotra among top islands in terms of floristic diversity such as Galapagos (42 % plants endemic) and Mauritius (35 % plants endemic). Famous Socotri endemics such as the bottle tree, the cucumber tree, various types of frankincense and most important dragon blood tree that has become the symbol of Socotra create a peculiar look of the island that makes it easy to recognize on any photograph.