Category Archives: Local

FlyDubai to operate budget flights between the Maldives and Sri Lanka

FlyDubai

FlyDubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has announced cheap fares between Maldives and Sri Lanka for USD 160 (MVR 2467).

Wellness center opens at INIA Maldives

Wellness center at INIA

A wellness centre managed by Plaza Premium Lounge has opened at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA).

The wellness center at the airport was launched by the Managing Director of the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), Adhil Moosa and the CEO and Founder of Plaza Premium Lounge, Mr. Song Hoi-see.

Visit Maldives Year 2016

UNWTO

H.E, the President of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has launched a tourism campaign titled “Visit Maldives Year 2016″ at the Gala Dinner hosted for delegates attending the 27th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific at the Bandos Island Resort and Spa in the Maldives.

Parrotfish are critical to coral reef island building

New research published  shows that parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal role in providing the sands necessary to build and maintain coral reef islands.Using survey and sedimentary data, the researchers explored the links between reef ecology and sediment production around the island of Vakkaru in the Maldives. The study, based on work in the Maldives and published in the journal Geology, found that parrotfish produced more than 85% of the new sand-grade sediment on the reefs around these reef islands.Parrotfish

Dusit Thani Maldives to support construct a pre-school for local children

Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani Maldives recently joined forces with the Island Council, the local Police and the School Board of Dhonfanu, a neighbouring island in Baa Atoll, to construct a pre-school for local children. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, Dusit Thani Maldives funds projects in a number of spheres including community development and biodiversity conservation.

Work is already underway and to date, the resort has donated construction materials worth USD 20,000 (Maldivian Rufiya 308,400). The pre-school will measure roughly 80 square metres and will encompass a classroom, a teacher’s office with store room, ablutions facilities and a covered porch. Completion of the project is expected by June 2015.

Ancient island village to be created to mark the Golden Jubilee of Maldives independence

Maldives culture

The home ministry is planning to create a replica of an ancient island village on the eastern side of Malé to mark the upcoming golden jubilee of independence from the British in 1965.

Various cultural activities as well as arts and handicraft will be presented to the public during a three-day event. Small boats will be docked at the artificial beach while 20 halls will be set up for the 20 atolls of the Maldives to showcase the country’s history and culture.

President Nasheed Sentenced to 13 years in Jail; Calls for Mass Protests; Publicly Forgives His Jailers

President Nasheed dragged to court

The Maldives Criminal Court on Friday, March 13th, sentenced former President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in jail on charges of ‘terrorism’ for the detention (while he was still president in 2012) of a criminal court judge who had been accused of corruption, sexual abuse and who had refused to obey police summons.

In a blatantly politicized trial, which has lasted less than three weeks and been widely condemned in the Maldives and abroad, President Nasheed was repeatedly denied legal representation, denied the right to appeal, his defense witnesses were prevented from taking the stand, and prosecution witnesses were routinely coached by the judges and the police.

Chinese investment to help triple Maldives airport capacity

INIA

Chinese investment is expected to help triple passenger handling capacity of the Maldives international airport with the addition of a new runway, an official said on Thursday.

After presenting a conceptual video of the airport depicting the envisioned developments, the government targets to complete a large portion of the project by 2017. “We estimate that MACL (Maldives Airports Company Ltd) will earn 410 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2017 as a result of the redevelopment,”  Minister of Economic Mohamed Saeed explained, adding that the income would be unprecedented in the government-owned company’s history.

Meet the locals in the Maldives

Manta Rays

If you really want to meet the locals in the Maldives, consider going on a manta ray cruise. Expeditions led by the conservation organization Manta Trust escorts guests on dives to observe and track the sea creatures.

You can sail aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, a three-deck catamaran that holds 22 passengers, on all-inclusive sailings for three, four or seven days. During your time in the water, you get to interact with the rays — and count them, photograph them, and collect and share data that’s critical to protecting their habitat, according to a statement by Four Seasons Resorts Madlives. Manta rays and whale sharks, which also thrive in the tropical waters, stay close to the water’s surface, which means you don’t have to dive to see them.

Guesthouse standards training commences

guesthouse maldives

Tourism ministry has started training inspectors going out to islands to check whether guesthouses meet required standards.
Twenty participants from seventeen islands took part in the one day seminar held at the National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT).
Under the Tourism Act the ministry is mandated to check guesthouse standards and find out whether they are managed in accordance with regulations.