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Fairy-Tale Stamps
Fairy-Tale Stamps

The most beautiful postal stamps issued for the Mahra Sultanate of Qishn and Socotra were the stamps devoted to Arab culture and folklore.

Culture
Wildlife reserves of Socotra
Wildlife reserves of Socotra

Socotra has five wildlife reserves.

Detwah Di Hamri Skant Homhil Qadama Ecology
New Sea Port
New Sea Port

The north-western part of Socotra is planned for construction of a new sea port. The field research works are about to be completed.

Port Sea
Socotra as a refuge for pirates
Socotra as a refuge for pirates

Socotra was a refuge for pirates for centuries.

Pirates Sea
Name of Socotra
Name of Socotra

There are many spelling variants of the name of the Island.

History Socotri
Goats have eaten Socotra
Goats have eaten Socotra

Socotra suffers great losses from goats.

Ecology History
Dragon's Blood  — ideal antiseptic
Dragon's Blood — ideal antiseptic

Dragon tree's resin, you can buy on the Island, has strong antiseptic and immunostimulating properties.

Dragon blood tree Medicine
The first researcher of Socotran folk music
The first researcher of Socotran folk music

Guido Adler was the first one in studying Socotran folk music.

Music History Culture
Dutch Squadron in Socotra
Dutch Squadron in Socotra

During World War II Socotra was used as a basis for the Dutch squadron.

History
Socotra of the East China Sea
Socotra of the East China Sea

In the central part of the East China Sea there is also Socotra Island. It is interesting to note that both Socotra islands are indirectly related to each other.

Sea History
There were issued special postal stamps for an expedition to Socotra in 1960
There were issued special postal stamps for an expedition to Socotra in 1960

For an Adenese-Socotran expedition, in 1960 there were issued special postage stamps.

History Culture
Socotra is famous for a great number of caves
Socotra is famous for a great number of caves

Socotra has a great number of caves some of which stretching for tens of kilometers.

Hoq Caves
Socotrans are excellent free divers
Socotrans are excellent free divers

Socotra has been famous for pearl fishery since the earliest times. The Socotrans are excellent free divers.

Sea
Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra
Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra

Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra.

History
Socotra was the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest»
Socotra was the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest»

Some theorists of literature consider Socotra to be the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest».

History Culture
Socotra was well-known in the ancient world
Socotra was well-known in the ancient world

As far back as in Alexander of Maсedon’s times Socotra supplied a great deal of not only frankincense and myrrh, but also Dragon’s blood, which was rubbed in by gladiators before combats for quick wound healing.

Medicine Aloe frankincense
Mystery of the origin of Socotra's name
Mystery of the origin of Socotra's name

The origin of Socotra's name is still wrapped in mystery. The Socotrans call their island Sacatri.

History
Socotran men wear skirts
Socotran men wear skirts

Like in Yemen Socotran men wear skirts.

Culture
The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses
The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses

The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses.

Culture
    For an Adenese-Socotran expedition, in 1960 there were issued special postage stamps.
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