Category Archives: Local

Australian company to harness Maldivian waves

Stonehenge wave farm in Maldives

Stonehenge Metals, a Perth-based Australian wave energy developer, has acquired the company Clean Energy Maldives with a view to installing a 2MW wave farm off the coast of Hanimaadhoo island in Maldives.

Maldives tourist arrivals up by 5.7 percent in August

Maldives tourists arrival

According to the latest statistics by the Maldives tourism ministry, tourist arrivals to the Maldives has increased by 5.7 percent in August compared to the same period last year, reaching a total of 110,144 visitors during the month.

China remains the largest source market for tourists to the Maldives with a 31.6 percent market share. The number of Chinese tourists from January to August reached 260,491, representing a 3.2 percent increase from the corresponding period in 2014.

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives crowned “Best Culinary Establishment”

Holiday Inn Kandoomaa

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives was crowned “Best Culinary Establishment” in the 2015 Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge that ran from 18th to 21st of September 2015 in the Maldives.

Triumphant victories at the Maldives Open 2015 finals

Ali Khushruwan

The final day of the Maldives Open 2015  at Lohis Point threw down a challenge to the contestants by offering up a variety of conditions to test their determination that required them to earn their share of the $15,000 USD prize money.

In the Men’s Open final, it was 3-time ASC Champion Raditya Rondi from Kuta, Bali (Indonesia) against Yoni Klein from Israel, battling it out in strong windy conditions for a 25 minute final. 

Buried ancient relics found in Hanyaameedhoo

Hanayaameedhoo ancient coral box

A  12 century old coral box has been discovered buried underground on the island of Hanyaameedhoo in Alif Dhaal atoll.

The relics were discovered by Jamshaad Mohamed at his home a week ago. He was digging a hole to plant trees when he came across the box containing a kilo of cowrie shells and an idol resembling a cow. Jamshaad’s house is situated at the centre of the island.

Kurumba Maldives joins ARC’s corporate ambassadorship program

Kurumba- ARC-MOU

Kurumba Maldives has joined child rights group ARC’s Corporate Ambassadorship program to provide crucial funds needed for ARC’s shelter support.

As a Corporate Ambassador, Kurumba Maldives will be providing crucial funds needed for ARC’s Shelter Support Programme، which is driven by the purpose of helping children in alternative homes. The shelter program is designed to help children in alternative homes receive the care and support that they need and deserve to grow up happy and reach their true potential, ARC said.

Zero waste declaration signed between the Maldives government and resorts

Zero waste declaration

The environment ministry and 99 resorts in the Maldivian tourism industry signed a declaration at the opening ceremony of the “6th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific” – an annual forum with the objective of integrating the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) to manage waste, promote sustainable tourism and protect marine and coastal ecosystems.

Third annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival to be held at Maamigili

Whale shark festival 2015

The third annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival is to be held on August 29 in the Alif Dhaal Atoll Maamigili island. This year seven different islands including Dhigurah, Maamigilli, Fenfushi, Dhangethi, Mahibadhoo, Dhidhoo and Mandhoo would participate in the Lux sponsored Whale Shark Festival held in collaboration with MWSRP and Maldivian artists.

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa says yes to drinking local water


The move to produce fresh water, made from desalinated ocean water, is one of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa’s newest steps towards delivering services with a sound environmentally-friendly purpose.”Do drink the local water” is the advice given to guests staying at the luxury resort in the Maldives as it begins producing its own drinking water this August. 

FlyDubai to operate budget flights between the Maldives and Sri Lanka


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