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Socotra Island

Socotra Island is one of the Yemeni islands located geographically on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the international waterway that connects the countries of the Indian Ocean and the countries of the world, and its name is derived from the ancient Arabic language, and its capital is the city of Hadibu, and its land area is 3,650 km², and its width is 50 km, It has a length of 132 km, and it is divided administratively into two directorates: Hadibo, Qalansiyah and Abd al-Kuri, and the island consists of four islands: Darsa Island, Samha Island, Socotra Island, and Abdul Kury Island.

Climate and astronomical location of Socotra

It lies astronomically between the latitude 128 ° to 42.12 ° north of the equator, and between longitudes 53.19 ° to 45.33 ° east of the Greenwich Line, and its climate is characterized by diversity; it has three climatic regions: cold climate, cool climate, and hot marine climate.

Tourism in Socotra

The tourism sector is considered one of the most important sectors in the island, as it is considered one of the most important sources of national income for it, and it is reached through airlines from Sanaa and Mukalla, and Aden, and the best times for tourism from October to February, and among its most famous tourist attractions:

  • Al Shaab Beach: It is five meters in length, and is characterized by its clear waters and white sand. It is also considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and it is reached by boat, and contains many fish and marine animals rare.
  • Wadi Ayaft: It is located between a mountain range in the island, and it is characterized by being covered with dense trees, and contains freshwater pools, and rare living creatures.
  • Qalansia Beach: It is located geographically next to the town of Qalansia, and it is characterized by its clear white sand and its blue waters.
  • The two valleys: the Danghan Valley, the Amedhan Valley, and the Dawahar Valley.
  • Maritime heads: Ras de Hamri, Ras Maumee, and Ras Hammour.
  • Waterfalls: bottom waterfalls, dungen waterfalls, and Ayafat waterfalls.
  • De Geb Cave: It is located in the plain of Najd, and is considered one of the largest caves on the island.
  • Hook Cave: It is located in the Hala area on the eastern side of the island, and is approximately three kilometers long.
  • Other features: scattered caves, Socotra houses, the Hajhar Mountains, which are 1,500 meters above sea level, the Dhamri Reserve, the Cave of Ghunaibah, and the Cave of Ghunaiba.

General information about Socotra

  • According to the statistics of 2004, the island’s population reached 135,020,000, and its inhabitants speak Socotra, which is one of the Arabic languages.
  • It is called by many names: Dioscorides, Socotra, Socotra and Socotra.
  • The island was named the most exotic in the world.
  • The island is the meeting point between the waters of the Arabian Sea and the waters of the Indian Ocean.

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