At a time when Yemen seems to be passing through negative images and numerous crises, Socotra comes in the picture. The island called by many as “Heaven on Earth”, Socotra is a masterpiece that is waiting for dedicated hearts to invest and turn the island into one of the most attractive tourist attractions in the world.
It has ten times the beauty of the United State island of Hawaii. The difference between both islands is that one is given completely no attention by its government as its locals lack the basic essentials of life like roads, sewer systems, clean water, and electricity.
If Socotra is given only ten percent of the care that the U.S. gives Hawaii it will not only be the most beautiful attraction in the world, but will be a main pillar in spreading tourism in a country that is looking to change its image and invest in the tourism sector.
The size of Socotra is bigger in size than the space of a Gulf States, making it one of the largest Arab islands.
An island that has many times more natural beauty than Hawaii.
Socotra has rare birds that sing at night, plants never seen before, trees that look like a piece of art, water as pure as the sky, people as innocent as mankind can get, and climate that ensures anyone visiting a time never to be forgotten.
The island is desperately waiting for a government to invest and reveal its hidden treasures to the world.
Unfortunately, Yemen has allowed international forces to use parts of the island as a military base.
Such an island that has a chance to surpass all the successes that Gulf States have seen, is currently being destroyed by foreign military powers.
We ask the government to invest in the future of tourism in a country that can show its visitors a piece of ancient civilization, modernization, and scenes of heaven (Socotra) in the same country.
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and speaks English and Arabic.