SOCOTRA – Media sources have revealed that the UAE-appointed ruler of the Yemeni island of Socotra, Khalfan al-Mazrouei, is in the process of acquiring 150,000 square meters of land on the Dixam plateau, a protected area in the center of the island.
US website Lobelog cited the Hadi regime governor of Socotra island as saying that the UAE ruler on the island “has extended his control over land in the protected Dixam Plateau in the center of the archipelago.
In his remarks, the governor accused the UAE-run Khalifa Bin Zayed Charitable Foundation of carrying out suspicious acts on the island under the guise of humanitarian action.
These charitable organisations hide a more devious objective: buying the allegiance of Socotra’s residents, and enabling UAE traders and investors to conduct business on the island under their cover.
“They have enabled UAE and other GCC citizens to purchase plots of Socotra land, despite a government decree banning the sale of any land on the island, ” he said.
In the same context, the website said that the political situation makes protecting the island’s ecosystem more difficult.
The website confirmed that “the sooner Socotra’s inhabitants are weaned off the UAE aid machine, the greater the chances that the Yemeni government will be able to reestablish its sovereignty on the island and limit the risks of seeing popular allegiance shift to the UAE.”