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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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Maldives was a caste society well into the 1920s. Modernization efforts in the 1990s however, have helped make Maldives more homogenous. Traditionally, a significant gap has existed between the elite living on Male and the remainder of the population inhabiting the outer islands.
Male, the traditional seat of the sultans and of the nobility, remains an elite society wielding political and economic power. Traditional privileged ruling families, government, business, and religious leaders, professionals and scholars are found in Male. Male differs from other island communities also because as many as 40 percent of its residents are migrants.
Located on breathtaking Mudhdhoo Island a mere thirty five minutes away from capital Malé, Dust Thani resort opened in 2012 and offers twenty six Beach Villas, ten Beach Villas with Pool, twenty nine Water Villas with Pool, twenty Ocean Villas with Pool, two Ocean Pavilions, two Beach Residences and five Family Beach Villas with Pool. And now Thani Maldives takes pride in announcing the launch of its brand new Three-Bedroom Beach Residence. Being one-of-its kind on the resort, this lavish masterpiece, measuring 690 square metres, presents a world of opulence amidst the tranquility of Mudhdhoo Island.
The landscaping around this residential marvel has been designed in true harmony with nature. Lush bougainvillea and palm-fringed trees surround this two-level residential masterpiece. This, combined with the powdery white sands that reach the doorstep, gives a new meaning to the term barefoot luxury.
Each living quarter of the beach residence shares a spacious tropical garden and a pavilion overlooking the breathtaking horizon of Indian Ocean. Here, luxury takes on a distinct dimension with a personal butler or maid’s room on the premises, for service at a moment’s notice if required. The Three Bedroom Beach Residence is designed to be your private address where peace, beauty and magnificence prevail.
According to Thanos Lionsatos, Director of Sales and Marketing, “This premium, high end product is an incredible addition to the resort which now presents a more diversified lodging proposition. Catering to a more affluent segment, including Ultra High-Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI), we are pleased to provide more versatility and choice of accommodation at the resort. This is a step in the same direction.”
Renowned luxury resort Kurumba Maldives, which has played host to world leaders including Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan, has announced the opening of a new seafront signature restaurant named Thila,on the private island. Thila means ‘reef’ in the local Dhivehi dialect and the restaurant’s interiors are designed to reflect its natural surroundings, with cool blue and light furnishings and materials such as lava stone, ceramic, travertine tiles and natural woods. The creative menu has quality seafood and prime meat cuts at its core complemented by fresh local produce.
Combining a fine dining experience with an airy and relaxed island setting, the new two-storey Thila restaurant features high ceilings under a traditional thatched Maldivian roof. The restaurant also boasts private dining areas, a bar with sea views and an ornamental pond with a glass bridge. According to the resort, it’s “the perfect venue for a truly romantic dinner under the stars, a refreshing and luxurious breakfast, or for savouring fresh cocktails and fiery Maldivian sunsets by the sea.”
It is one of eight restaurants in the resort, which was the Maldives’ very first private island resort when it opened more than 40 years ago. Since then the resort has grown to include nine distinct styles of accommodation, as well a rich variety of recreation and entertainment activities suitable for honeymooners and families alike.
Kurumba resort has received numerous awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011, and the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Best Service and Luxury.