A new documentary is lifting the veil on one of the most exotic travel destinations that very few people know exists: Socotra. "Socotra: The Hidden Land" offers a revealing look at the remote island’s stunning landscapes and its people, whose ancient beliefs and lifestyles are under threat as they embrace modern practices and technology. With hundreds of endemic plants and animals the four-island archipelago of Socotra, a part of Hadhramout, has been dubbed the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean and one of the most alien landscapes on Earth.
The Indian Ocean has the most enchanting islands of all: Zanzibar, the Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion, Maldives -- and the other larger ones like the very spectacular and wonderful Indonesian and the Philippine islands. But there is one island (an archipelago, to be precise) that is completely unique and different to all these other islands. That is: Socotra. Peaceful, exotic, beautiful, unvisited, enchanting -- remote Soqotra. The Island's animal and plant life are found nowhere else; it has some of the most pristine and most spotless beaches; its landscapes are so spectacular and so dramatic that a first time visitor can easily imagine on being on another planet; to add to all these wonders, the Island's people have a unique, ancient local language that has no written script. Socotra is a lost paradise, with almost no tourists on it.
Sanaa: one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities of the world; at about 2,300 meters above sea level, it's also one of the highest capital cities in the world. Sanaa is where Old Sanaa and Bab el Yemen are. Amazing. Wonderful. Fascinating. Fantastic. Are all words, and many more such superlatives, that can be used to describe Old Sanaa and Bab El Yemen . Of all places in Sanaa, Old Sana'a and Bab al Yaman are the most mesmerizing and most enchanting. It must have taken very organized planning, and total discipline to have built such a magically beautiful city. It must have also required very ingenious, gifted and very skilled craftsmen and builders to have created it. Yemenis still are very skilled and excellent builders; but now, Yemen doesn't have that old organized, focused planning; and, very sadly, it doesn't have discipline any more. It lost these long ago.