I was introduced to a beautiful island by a friend, and luckily we got an invitation from a local travel company. However, reaching the island isn’t easy as we had to purchase a package tour since charter tickets from Abu Dhabi are only available on Socotra Island and the flights operate only once a week. The locals were curious about the tourists at the airport during our arrival for registration. Fortunately, apart from one incident during our journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in April 2021, there were no significant complications. We had to adhere to some unusual coronavirus restrictions, which required us to wear GPS bracelets while traveling between emirates. However, these were removed at the airport, and we could proceed to fly to Socotra Island. Once on the island, we had to undergo testing through blood sampling.
Filming on the island was quite a feat due to the lack of electricity, making it a real challenge to keep our equipment charged. Since there are no permanent structures on this wild island, we had to adapt by camping in tents and staying on the move. The weather was typical for a hot tropical climate, but one important note of caution is to keep your tent zipped up tight at all times. This is due to the presence of dangerous goats and scorpions who roam the island. These ravenous goats have been known to devour everything in their path, including the Drago and Bottle trees that are unique to this island.
I was completely captivated by the charming bottle-shaped trees and massive white sand dunes of the island. The powerful winds, akin to a hurricane, between May to October, transport these sand formations from the African deserts, giving Socotra its unique appeal. And let’s not forget the striking Dragon’s Blood Trees, known for their crimson sap rather than juice. Truly an unparalleled travel destination!
I frequently have multiple projects happening at once, all centered on the awe-inspiring and unique aspects of our planet. These ventures encompass a deeper appreciation for the world beyond what can be captured through photographs alone.