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Ibb and Socotra: Who Will Wear Yemen’s Tourism Crown?
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Socotra is the most isolated island in the world and lies 200 miles southeast off the coast of Yemen

What makes Socotra so different is the rare plants that can not be found anywhere else on earth.

Because of Socotra’s harsh weather conditions, the plants on the island have molded into unique forms in order to survive

One of the most distinct plants on the island is the ‘Dragon’s blood tree’. The name comes from the red color of the sap which has multiple uses. The native inhabitants use the sap for many herbal medicines, incense as well as dying fabrics.

Another notable plant is the ‘Desert Rose’ or bottle plant named for its massive trunk that has evolved over time to store water during droughts

The beaches of Socotra is known for its clear and pristine waters. The islands hosts plenty of natural water pools

Over 43,000 people who live in Socotra. The natives of the island live traditional lifestyles, mostly working as fishermen and animal herders.

Researchers discovered historic inscriptions inside Socotra’s natural caves dating back to between 1 and 6 AD.

There’s no doubt Socotra island is one of the most unique places on this earth.

See how traditional brick making is made by Yemenians:

A labourer stands with his legs covered with mud at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, May 29, 2016. Picture taken May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer puts mud in a mould to make bricks at a factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, May 28, 2016. Picture taken May 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A boy arranges mud blocks at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, May 29, 2016. Picture taken May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Boys arrange blocks at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen May 28, 2016. Picture taken May 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Labourers carry dried bricks to be stacked inside a kiln, where they will be fired, at a factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, May 29, 2016. Picture taken May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Labourers stack dried bricks inside a kiln, where they will be fired, at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer puts on his clothes at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A worker stands on bricks as he works at a kiln on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer plays a flute as other labourers listen at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 5, 2016. Picture taken June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Labourers wash up at the end of a work day at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Labourers load mud bricks onto a truck at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen May 29, 2016. Picture taken May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Labourers work on a kiln as they make bricks at a factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer looks at bricks being fired in a kiln at a factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer sleeps in a dorm at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 5, 2016. Picture taken June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer uses a head torch as he rests after a work day at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A labourer smokes a cigarette as he rests at a brick factory on the outskirt of Sanaa, Yemen, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

A general view shows the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A general view shows the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The al-Saleh mosque is seen in the background of a view of the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 12, 2016. Picture taken July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A detail of a mud-brick house is seen in the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A mud-brick house stands in the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Houses stand in the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen July 12, 2016. Picture taken July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Damage is seen in a house allegedly caused by a Saudi-led air strike in the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A view shows the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen, July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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