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Pearl of the Red Sea Islands

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Pearl of the Red Sea Islands

By Tamjid Alkohali

Geographically, Kamran belongs to Hodeidah province. Administratively, it belongs to the Directorate of Kamran. It is the biggest island in the Red Sea. The island of Kamran is six kilometers away from Saleef port. The island serves as a security buffer for the port, and oversees international marine lines from the West.

It is no doubt the pearl of the Red Sea, and is sometimes nicknamed the Socotra of the Red Sea. Kamran is a beautiful tourism island with a unique flavor. It has wonderful nature and beautiful weather all year round.

The local environment of the island is rich in its biodiversity. Its beaches are unique, and interesting. This makes it an attractive tourism attraction for both cultural and eco-tourism, since it combines nature with culture. Kamran is an open museum considering of all these elements. It has an ancient history, with many historical monuments.

In Kamran, there is an old mosque` which can be seen when anyone comes from the sea. There is also an  old castle which embraces the sea. From the northeast, the buildings of the city have a distinctive architectural style.

According to the citizens there, most of these buildings are remnants of the British colonial past. One of them is a building known as “Queen Elizabeth’s resort”. Beside this building are headquarters of military rule, the troops# barracks, a desalination plant and remains of sidewalks and small bridges, as well as other old structures built by the English, the Dutch, and others.

Kamran is, in short, a beautiful tourism island with a distinctive essence; it’s like a small hill on top of coral rocks. They can be seen clearly from its eastern coasts. Anyone can see the weathering which has taken a place during various ages, which has left interesting rock formations.

The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches from all sides. The beaches vary from sandy to rocky. In the center of the island, there are lands suitable for agriculture. The northern island is flat and ends with soft sandy beaches. The Jandal trees, known as the coastal mangrove trees, cover the vast areas from the north to the northeast of the island.

The northern area is estimated as between 25 to 30 square kilometers. It is a haven for deer which are quickly becoming extinct due to the onslaught of hunters. The island is also a habitat for many indigenous and migratory birds. In addition, the place is suitable environment for shrimps and other fish and marine species. The northeastern part of the island is also considered to be one of the sites nominated for being declared a natural conservation area. Here, elements for further scientific research exist, such as the rich biodiversity.

There are plenty of seaweeds, sponge and sea urchins as well as nesting ground for turtles. In addition, dense coral reefs surrounding the area, and extend to the entire eastern and western coastal strip of Kamran, forming a world-class diving site. Moreover, there are a number of islands in the archipelago where there are many diving sites at various depths for professional divers.

The diving sites in Kamran and the rest of the islands in the archipelago have been classified as world-class diving sites. They are located at various depths featuring dense and astonishing coral reeves. It’s an unpolluted marine environment. They are famous for their beauty and variety, the treasures of marine species and the appropriate climate for the growth of unlimited numbers of ornamental fish.

Local and expatriate tourism development experts and researchers confirm that conditions for the establishment of tourism projects in the island are highly encouraging, without the need for large capital to start the projects. Experts believe that in the event infrastructure is built, and the opportunity for various investments in tourism has been made available, local and international capital will start flowing in without any hesitation.