Name of Socotra

Soqotra airport

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

Except the official name Socotra is often spelled as Soqotra. One can also meet Suqotra  (coming from the Arabic language سُقُطْرَى ; Suquṭra.)

It is assumed that the name of Socotra may be derived from the Arabic suqs qutra (means “the market of dragon’s blood”- a reference to the resin of its most famous tree species), or from a Sanscrit term for the “abode of the blest”.


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