SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Dragons Blood Island: Socotra and Our Search for Dragons

Ella Al-Shamahi (National Geographic Explorer)

Date: 15 November 2018Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 15 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room

Type of Event: Lecture

In March 2018, an MBI Al Jaber sponsored team of 4 set off on a cement cargo ship to try and reach Socotra, the ‘Galapagos’ of the Indian Ocean, for a scouting expedition with the eventual aim of conducting an on-foot, island-wide transect. Their plan was to attempt to document this incredible place. In this talk Ella will discuss the expedition, as well as Socotra's uniqueness, including the quasi mystery of why the Dragons’ Blood Tree is struggling and the communities, who are still part-time cave dwellers.

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Organiser: MBI Al Jaber Foundation, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia and British-Yemeni Society

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