Best things to do in Hadramaut and sightseeing in Hadramaut
Socotra - Hadramaut
The Socotra beaches are unlike any other beach that you will ever see. The flora and fauna are almost exclusive to these beaches and are not found anywhere else. A treasure trove of marine biology, there are even special eco - tours which are conducted for tourists who visit the area. The Socotra Beaches are actually a collection of 4 islands that form an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and offer some stunning crystal clear waters to those who would venture into its unknown mysteries.
This mystery island is often compared to various fictitious and magical places. Also, known as "the lost world" , this place is recognized by the UNESCO as a natural heritage site. Archaeologists had found a lost city probably dating back to the 2nd century on this island. Most of this island remains unexplored and whatever has been seen has revealed some astonishing species of flora and fauna, some of which is unique to this island only. Located in the Gulf of Aden, this island is often held to be the "Garden of Eden." The place is beautiful with pebbled beaches, caves and waters that provide a great opportunity for adventure.
Shibam - Hadramaut
Shibam, another UNESCO Word Heritage Site in Yemen is famous for its tall mud houses which are based on the vertical space concept long before modern society saw it as an option. these mud houses rise anywhere upto 30 metres, some being even higher than that. Yemen still has several tribes which exert immense influence in the politics of the country. These houses, built approximately 1600 - 1700 years ago were constructed for the purpose of protection from the Bedouin Tribes in the are. Weathered by the forces of nature, the walls of several buildings have been re-done by applying more layers of mud to keep the elements at bay.