Gov’t reports STC’s sabotage in Socotra to UNESCO; Al Sahwa Yemen

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Socotra—an unworldly island in the Arabian Sea; Stars Insider

Remote and isolated, the Socotra archipelago is often described as the “most alien-looking place on Earth.” The islands, part of Yemen, are scattered in the Arabian Sea, with Socotra, the largest island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But while once a discerning destination for hardcore adventure tourists, visitor numbers have dwindled since the outbreak of the Yemeni civil war in 2015. Browse this gallery and get an idea of what this unworldly island looks like.

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Magical Socotra stands at a crossroads of conflict and conservation; Dima Obeidat; Bird Life

The jewel in the crown of Arabia’s biodiversity is under threat. Often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the unique Socotra archipelago is an Important Bird & Biodiversity and UNESCO World Heritage Site of global importance for its endemic wildlife and rich ancient cultures, but action is needed before modern-day pressures change these ancient islands forever.

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Socotra: Trapped between Environmental Emergency and Geopolitics; Nicolas Dunais; Lobelog

Listed as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve since 2008, the island of Socotra is considered a living laboratory by scientists and has awed the few …

Source: Socotra: Trapped between Environmental Emergency and Geopolitics 

60 Stunning Images of The Middle East That Will Make You Forget Its Violent Past; Jamie Frater; Listverse

The Middle East was once thought of as a beautiful and exotic far-away land. But unfortunately for those of us alive in modern times, the term now…

Source: 60 Stunning Images of The Middle East That Will Make You Forget Its Violent Past – Listverse

Palermo conf on Socotra biodiversity; Redazione Ansa

Palermo is preparing to host a conference that will highlight how the Yemeni conflict and other threats have put the unique biodiversity of the Socotra Archipelago in peril.

Source: Palermo conf on Socotra biodiversity – Lifestyle

Arrival of more UAE mercenaries on Yemen’s Socotra island; Middle East Monitor

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Does UAE seek to colonize Yemen’s Socotra island?; Blog Factory

Residents of Yemen’s strategic Socotra Island have staged a protest to vent their outrage at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for deploying military forces there. The demonstrators took to the …

Source: Does UAE seek to colonize Yemen’s Socotra island?

Island dubbed ‘most alien-looking place in the world’ but you won’t visit soon; Julie Delahaye; Mirror

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How the Yemeni island of Socotra is forging its own future; Rupert Hawksley; The National

Abu Dhabi-based author Nathalie Peutz explains how the Yemeni territory is a thriving community taking control of its heritage and destiny…

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5 Unusual Adventures for 2019; Ave; Home Life Abroad

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It May Look Like An Alien Planet, But This Incredible Island Is On…; Abbie Marshall; Gent Side

Our planet is full of surprises. Here’s one more. Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean is one of a kind.…

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The success of Yemeni government efforts in keeping “Socotra ” within the “World Heritage List “; Al Masdar Online

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‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ becomes a disaster zone; BBC

Yemen – Socotra Archipelago

The island chain of Socotra, famed for unique plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet, is coping with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone.

The archipelago was struck by Cyclone Mekunu on Wednesday night, leaving at least 17 people missing and forcing its native population to flee floodwaters.

Socotra is part of Yemen, which is embroiled in a lengthy civil war – something from which the four islands have largely been spared.

But after two boats capsized during the cyclone, and at least three cars were washed away by powerful floods, the government has declared Socotra a disaster zone.

Coastal areas “were submerged by floods causing heavy damage to homes,” a spokesman told AFP.

Hundreds have been evacuated from villages, but rescue workers are reportedly unable to reach many people in isolated parts of the main island.

Officials have appealed to international aid agencies for help.

Home of the blood dragon

Socotra is famed for its natural beauty.

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Anger in Yemen after UAE troops take over island of Socotra, famed as ‘most alien-looking place on Earth’; Bloomberg

Yemen – Socotra Archipelago

The UAE has deployed tanks and about 50 soldiers to Yemen’s remote World Heritage site

Yemen’s government-in-exile slammed the United Arab Emirates’ takeover of Socotra, a remote heritage-listed Yemeni island in the Arabian Sea sometimes described as the “most alien-looking place on Earth.”

The UAE military’s seizure of the seaport and airport on Socotra is an “unjustified” assault on Yemen’s sovereignty, its exiled government said in a statement from Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Dagr’s office. It was a rare criticism of its partner in the fight against Houthi rebels who control large swathes of the country.

The takeover “reflects the disagreement between the legitimate government and our brothers in the UAE, and at its core is a dispute over national sovereignty and who has the right to practise it,” the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry of the United Arab Emirates denied the accusation in a statement posted on the official news agency WAM late Sunday.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs: role on Socotra Island in line with stabilising efforts as part of Arab coalition in Yemen; The National

Yemen – Socotra Archipelago

The UAE said its role on Socotra is as an active member of the Arab coalition to restore Yemen’s internationally recognised government and that attempts to distort its actions on the island are part of Muslim Brotherhood-led smear campaigns to undermine the fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign affairs on Sunday night addressed recent criticisms issued on the official social media accounts of Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, which the UAE said escalated the situation beyond “reality and logic”, Wam reported.

The Ministry expressed its surprise at the Prime Minister’s statement and said that such tensions distracted from the shared goal to counter the Houthi rebel threat.

The UAE has deployed soldiers to Socotra, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, as part of a campaign to support its residents but the move has been criticised, with the Emirates accused by some Yemeni officials of over-stepping its UN-backed mandate as part of the Coalition, according to media reports.

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Socotra: The Deep Indic Roots Of One Of The Remotest Places On Earth; Kamalpreet Singh Gill; Swarajya Magazine

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  • In the island of Socotra, considered to be one of the most alien-looking places on Earth, recent research suggests Indic roots from far back in time.

Have you ever seen a dragon’s blood tree? No, it isn’t something out of the sets of the Game of Thrones. This is a real tree whose scientific name is Dracaena cinnabariand is considered to be of immense value because of its product – a red sap that oozes from the trunk of the tree, from which it gets its name. The tree is found only on the remote island of Socotra, off the coast of Yemen, once home to a thriving culture of Indic people.

Socotra is one of the most alien-looking places on Earth. It looks like something out of a science fiction film, so unreal is its landscape. It is also home to some 800 species of flora and fauna, over a third of which are endemic – which means they are not found anywhere else on the planet.

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Importance of preserving Socotra island; Harpreet Kaur; DTN

Yemen – Socotra Archipelago

Manama : The long-neglected island Socotra is now home to a large number of endangered species wherein up to a third of its plant life is endemic and could be found nowhere else on earth but Socotra, revealed experts at a workshop held at the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage in Manama

The cultural heritage protection programme for the Yemeni island of Socotra was hosted by the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage in co-ordination with Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with the support of British Council. The programme was aimed at integrating cultural heritage into conservation and development planning on Socotra.

The workshop that was launched in the presence of Yemeni Ambassador to the Kingdom Hassan Al Ahmadi is part of a two-year programme attended by six participants of heritage and community development workers in Socotra.

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10 Strange And Mysterious Islands; Gary Pullman; Listverse

Yemen – Socotra Archipelago

Most of the world’s islands are well-explored, their secrets learned long ago, but a few remain mysterious. Islands shown on maps for centuries suddenly appear to vanish. Dangerous, top secret facilities on remote islands are abandoned or destroyed. Sometimes, islands behave in ways seemingly inexplicable to those who discover or study them. An island seems to appear as if by magic, leaving experts to wonder what created it and how.

Islands all but completely cut off from the rest of the world produce flora that are not only unique but also look as though they could grow only on an alien world. Other islands are mysterious because of their inhabitants’ origin or fate. All of these ten strange and mysterious islands are truly amazing for these reasons and more.

10 Isla Bermeja, The Lost Island

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The 20 most isolated places on Earth; Talia Lakritz; INSIDER

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  • Many of the world’s most isolated places are home to small towns with fascinating histories and cultures.
  • Some can only be accessed by boat or plane.
  • Here are 20 remote places that people live in, and that are worth the long trek.

If you’re looking to avoid touristy spots for your next vacation, you might want to try visiting one of the most isolated places on Earth — some of which can only be accessed by boat or plane.

A number of these remote locations feature gorgeous tropical climates, while others require braving Arctic temperatures or relentless deserts. The adventure is yours to choose.

Here are 20 of the most remote places on Earth that some people call home.

Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory

The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic boasts a population of 258 people with only nine different last names.

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