Socotran in United Arab Emirates

Unreached of the Day  10/22/2021

Socotran in United Arab Emirates

The inhabitants of Socotra Island off the coast of Yemen differ from mainland Arabs and are believed to be a mixture of Greek, Portuguese, African and Arab. Their language is a version of the ancient Himyarite language, which was spoken in pre-Islamic Arabia for many centuries. Most live on this island but a small number work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ministry Obstacles

Though their beliefs are based mainly in Islam, until recent years they have been very low key about that. Influences from the mainland, which is more fundamental, have changed the way people practice their beliefs. Women wear the lithma or the black burka which they did not do some years ago. However, the women in isolated mountain villages are more relaxed and wear the typical bright colors.

Outreach Ideas

These gospel starved people are much more likely to be reached in the UAE than in their island home.

Scripture Focus

"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ."  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Scripture Prayer

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give new believers among today’s people group victory their spiritual battles.

Prayer Focus

Pray for workers to reach the Socotran people in the UAE this decade. Pray for a movement to Christ that will bless their community. Pray for their elders to become open to the claims of Christ and allow their people to listen with open ears.



People Name Socotran
Pronunciationsuh-KOH-trin
Country United Arab Emirates
10/40 Window Yes
Population 16,000
World Population 129,000
Language Soqotri
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings No
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image