Hadiboh Coastal Town

Largest town of the small archipelago, Hadibu is also the capital of the larger eastern district of Socotra’s two administrative districts

Socotra Island, Yemen

Coordinates: 12.650000, 54.016667

Nearby Places

Hadibu, formerly known as Tamrida, is a coastal town in northern Socotra, Yemen. It is not far from the mount Jabal al-Jahir. It is the largest town of the small archipelago, with a population of 8,545 at the 2004 census.

Hadibu is also the capital of the larger eastern district of Socotra’s two administrative districts, Hidaybu. For the inhabitants of the town, animal husbandry is the primary source of income.

Socotra Airport is located about 12 kilometers west of Hadibu, and close to the third-largest town in the archipelago, Qadub. Diesel generators make electricity widely available in Socotra. A paved road runs along the north shore from Qulansiyah to Hadibu and then to the DiHamri area. There’s another paved road, from the northern coast to the south through the Dixsam Plateau.

Clash with UAE

On 30 April 2018, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deployed more than a hundred troops with artillery and armored vehicles to the Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Guardafui Channel without prior coordination with Yemen. The initial deployment consisted of UAE military aircraft carrying more than fifty UAE soldiers and two armored vehicles, followed by two more aircraft carrying more soldiers, tanks and other armored vehicles. Al Jazeera reported that shortly after landing, UAE forces dismissed Yemeni soldiers stationed at administrative installations such as Socotra Airport and seaports until further notice, and the flag of the United Arab Emirates was raised above official government buildings in Hadibu.

Two weeks later on 14 May, Saudi troops were also deployed to the archipelago and a deal was brokered between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen for a joint military training exercise and the return of administrative control of Socotra’s airport and seaport to Yemen.

On June 20th, 2020, the Southern Transitional Council annexed the city.


Image Sources

By Gerry & Bonni – Boys, CC BY 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Boys holding hands, CC BY 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Cows for dinner, CC BY 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Cows for dinner, CC BY 2.0,

By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia – Fish Market, Hadibo, Socotra Island, CC BY-SA 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Fishing boats, CC BY 2.0,