New weekly flights will connect Abu Dhabi and Socotra island

New weekly flights will connect Abu Dhabi and Socotra island

A Natural World Heritage site off the coast of Yemen, the island has been attracting ecotourists

From Q1 2024, two weekly flights will connect the developing ecotourism destination of Socotra to the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. The direct flights will be part of a travel package created by local travel agency Trip to Socotra.

Gradually welcoming more visitors, the island of Socotra, also known as Saqatri, located off the coast of Yemen, is becoming a popular ecotourism location. 

Located between the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, the Socotra archipelago is known for its beautiful landscapes made up of rare biodiversity, up to 90% of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. 

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In 2008, Socotra officially became a Natural World Heritage site. Prior to that, in 2003, the island was designated as a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. The Man and the Biosphere programme aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments.

A verified agent, trip to Socotra intends to improve the quality of life for the people of the island by ensuring that they benefit from the influx of visitors while protecting their environment and culture. The company provides all tourism solutions including tickets, visas and trusted local guides.  


Conceptualised by Ali Adnan Al Bidh, the agency will also create a special investment fund, the Soqotri Private Fund, to finance various community projects on the island. 

Adnan commented: “The fund will focus on specific sectors such as improving existing academic institutions, planning to establish more schools, universities and dedicated scientific research and development centres, and emphasising biodiversity studies.” 

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