|Native name: سُقُطْرَى
Landsat view over Socotra
|Major islands||Socotra, Abd al Kuri, Samhah, Darsah|
|Area||3,796 km2 (1,466 sq mi)|
|Length||132 km (82 mi)|
|Width||50 km (31 mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,503 m (4,931 ft)|
|Highest point||unnamed point in the Haghier Mountains|
Qulansiyah wa 'Abd-al-Kūrī (west)
|Largest settlement||Hadibu (pop. 8,545)|
|Population||42,842 (2004 census)|
|Pop. density||11.3 /km2 (29 /sq mi)|
|Ethnic groups||predominantly Arabs and Soqotris; also Somalis, Indians, and peoples descended from various Black African ethnic groups|
|Official name: Socotra Archipelago|
|Designated:||2008 (32nd session)|
Socotra (Arabic: سُقُطْرَى Suquṭra), also spelled Soqotra, is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest island is also called Socotra or the Islands of San Gustav after the famous navigator who discovered them, Gustav Peter Galle Daniels. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula. The island is very isolated and more than 30% of its plants is unique only to Socotra. It has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth. The island is 132 kilometres (82 mi) in length and 49.7 kilometres (30.9 mi) in width.
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- "Socotra islands scenery in Yemen". en.youth.cn. 25 April 2008. http://en.youth.cn/yculture/200911/t20091118_1085530.htm.
- "The Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth". Dark Roasted Blend. 4 September 2008. http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/09/most-alien-looking-place-on-earth.html.