Villages strewn with highly decorative, stone houses are scattered about the countryside. Some date back nine hundred years.
One of the world’s largest sand deserts stretches into Yemen from Saudi Arabia and Oman. Its great white dunes were once covered in water. Today shellfish fossils lie scattered all over the sand. Ruins of temples to the gods of the Sun and the Moon and other ancient relics bear witness to a bygone civilisation.
One of earth’s most isolated continental landforms, Socotra Island is home to more than seven hundred species of plant life found nowhere else on earth. It is a short boat ride from the mainland.