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The characteristic socotran greeting is one more feature of the island people's uniqueness. The inhabitants of Socotra are different from the mainland population, they are considered to be a mixture of African, Greek, Portuguese and Arab. They speak an ancient, unwritten language, which was spoken in pre-Islamic Arabia for many centuries. The Socotran lifestyle has been very traditional, sustainable and virtually self-sufficient for all primary needs throughout their story, given the limited contact with the outside world.