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30 Nov 2008

Two Hundred Maldivians Stranded In Bangkok Amid Protests

Almost 200 Maldivians are stranded in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied two of the city’s airports, the Maldives’ Minister of Civil Aviation and Communication confirmed on Sunday. Addressing press, Dr Mohamed Jameel said he believe [...]
30 Nov 2008

Police, fired workers clash at luxury Maldives resort

Police and striking workers clashed on Sunday at a luxury Maldives resort on an atoll in the Indian Ocean, police and protesters said. The strike at the One and Only Reethi Rah resort began on Friday when the workers demanded better conditions and the transfer of a manager. Thirteen employees were [...]
30 Nov 2008

State Minister for Foreign Affairs departs to attend International conference on Financing

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed that Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Naseem, has departed Male’ to attend the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus to be held in Doha, Qatar from 29 November [...]
30 Nov 2008

President Nasheed condemns terror attacks in Mumbai

President Mohamed Nasheed has sent a message of sympathy to President of India, Prathiba Patil, on learning about the deadly explosions and gun fire that had occurred among high profile locations in Mumbai. President Nasheed in his message expressed that the Government and the people of the Maldive [...]
29 Nov 2008

Maldives To Join ILO

Minister for Employment Hassan Lateef has said he will submit an application for the Maldives to join the International Labour Organisation before 4 December. If the bid is accepted, it could mean employment rights in Maldives will receive international support. The ILO, a specialised agency of th [...]
27 Nov 2008

Maldives seeks India's aid in building democracy

“India, as the largest democracy in the world and a regional force can play a big role in building a strong democracy in our country,” according to Mr Aslam Mohamed Shakir, the new Maldives minister of state for housing, transport and environment. Mr Shakir, who was in the Capital for a [...]
27 Nov 2008

Commonwealth observer group issues Final Report on Maldives Presidential elections

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma on Wednesday has released the Final Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group which observed the Maldives Presidential Election on 8 October 2008 and the subsequent run-off elections on 28 October. Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, in the report expre [...]
27 Nov 2008

Gayoom Denies Home Request Letter From Nasir

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has denied receiving a letter from his predecessor, Ibrahim Nasir, requesting permission to return to Maldives after years of self-exile. A statement released by the secretariat of Former President Gayoom says that claims made by a Kuva Mohamed Yoosuf, a close [...]
25 Nov 2008

First Secretary of Indian High Commission calls on Maldives Police Chief

Maldives Police Services has revealed that the First Secretary of the Indian High Commission, Narayan Swami, has paid a visit to the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Faseeh. The meeting was held in the Commissioner's Office on Monday afternoon. In the meeting Swami extended congratulations and gratitu [...]
24 Nov 2008

Full Moon rebrands to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa

Full Moon resort is to become the Sheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa by Dec 1, 2008. Located on its own private island, Furanafushi, in the North Male Atoll. A 20 minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. In addition to the 156 rooms, Sheraton also welcomes guests with 7 restaurants [...]
23 Nov 2008

Thousands Pay Final Respects To Former President Ibrahim Nasir

Thousands of people queued outside the presidential palace in Malé on Sunday to pay their final respects to the late former Maldives President Ibrahim Nasir after his body was flown to Maldives. Nasir, who died in a hospital in Singapore on Saturday evening at the age of 82, had not returned [...]
22 Nov 2008

Maldives freedom hero Nasir dies

Former President Ibrahim Nasir has passed away last night at 2115 at Mt Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore after suffering from prolonged illness. According to media reports, President Nasir’s family was with him when he passed away. President Nasir, 82, is survived by 5 children and has been li [...]
21 Nov 2008

Club Med Kani offers a peaceful paradise in the Maldives

Breathe in the fresh air, a mix of humid equatorial heat and salty sea spray, and look across the shallow blue water of the lagoon to the deep indigo of the Indian Ocean stretching to the horizon. Walk down the timber steps to a private swimming platform, then down the short ladder and slip into th [...]
20 Nov 2008

Maldives showcased at World Travel Mart 2008

The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) and Maldives tourism industry representatives has participated in the World Travel Mart 2008 from 10 to 13th November 2008 at ExCel London, according to a statement issued by MTPB. According to MTPB this is the biggest travel trade event held in the United [...]
18 Nov 2008

Maldives Tourism booming despite global economic crisis

Maldives tourism industry is booming despite the current economic current crisis facing most countries, two of the biggest stakeholders of the industry have revealed. Sales Manager of Universal Enterprises Shoumo Mukarjee informed that all resorts operated by Universal Group are fully booked till J [...]
16 Nov 2008

New President Pushes Forward With Decentralisation

President Mohamed Nasheed is pushing ahead with pledged decentralisation, on Sunday announcing plans to establish regional development councils in the North and South of the country. Two out of seven pledged regions, the Northern region is to consist of Haa Alif, Haa Dhaal and Shaviyani atoll, and [...]
15 Nov 2008

The Big Story Maldives

Once you couldn’t move for the honeymooners, but now the island has been transformed for kids, writes Susan d’Arcy. In word-association tests, if you don’t answer “The Maldives” when the psychologist says honeymoon, the good doctor will give you a sideways stare. Thes [...]
14 Nov 2008

Maldives plans to buy new homeland

There is at least one item on the Maldives’ president’s agenda that can be found on no other across the world. Newly-elected president Mohamed ‘Anni’ Nasheed said in an interview on Monday his government would begin saving to buy a new homeland in case global warming caused [...]
12 Nov 2008

Maldives to trim sales pitch to sail financial storm

The exotic Maldives, one of the world's most exclusive tourist destinations, is looking to cut prices and put resort expansion on hold to weather the global financial crisis. Traditionally a high-end destination even by the standards of luxury hospitality, the Maldives' secluded resort islands cann [...]
11 Nov 2008

Nasheed sworn in as the new president of the Maldives

Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) was sworn in as the Maldives' 4th president on Tuesday morning. Mr Nasheed defeated Maumoon Abdul Gayoom last month in the Indian Ocean archipelago's first multi-party presidential election. In the run-off round of presidential elections held on 28 [...]
10 Nov 2008

New Maldives president to be sworn in

A former political prisoner who unseated Asia's longest-serving leader as president of the Maldives will be sworn into office Tuesday, taking charge of a nation he fears could soon disappear. Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed, 41, the winner of the the Indian Ocean atoll nation's first multi-party p [...]
06 Nov 2008

The Haven at Lankanfinolhu Newest addition to Villa Hotels Grand Opening Jan 2009

Standing clearly above the rest, The Haven at Lankanfinolhu, is a heavenly retreat. Just 20 minutes from the airport lies The Haven facing the majestic emerald backdrop of the Indian Ocean . The Haven is a 62 room resort entirely built on stilts protruding out of the turquoise shallow water in t [...]
06 Nov 2008

The Maldives offer an even warmer welcome

While all eyes are on the US presidential election, another election in a much smaller country on the other side of the world will also have a significant impact on British tourists. After 30 years in power in the Maldives, the dictatorial Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been defeated in the first democrat [...]
04 Nov 2008

Maldives president elect wants private investment

The Maldives' president-elect said on Monday he will open up public enterprises to foreign investors to help create more sustainable revenue for the tourism-dependent Indian Ocean archipelago. Mohamed Nasheed, 41, a longtime political prisoner of the man he defeated, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, said he w [...]
02 Nov 2008

UN Secretary General applauds Maldives after its first multiparty presidential polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of the Maldives for the peaceful conduct of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s first-ever multi-party presidential elections this week, calling the poll “an important step forward in the country’s democratic reform process.&r [...]
02 Nov 2008

Lord Malloch Brown comments on Maldives election

'I welcome the acceptance by the candidates and their respective parties of the results of this first and historic multi-party presidential election under Maldives new constitution.  I congratulate President-elect, Mohamed Nasheed, on his election to office.  The UK will continue to suppor [...]
02 Nov 2008

MDP Says Presidential Appointees Should Change

President Elect Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) will appoint new presidential appointees to the People's Majlis (parliament) once he's sworn in, spokesperson Ibrahim Hussein Zaki has said on Sunday. "The eight members represent the President. We believe that when the president changes those eight membe [...]
01 Nov 2008

India and America congratulates Mohamed Nasheed on winning election

Mohamed Nasheed, who beat President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the country’s first-ever multiparty elections to become the country’s fourth president, received messages of congratulations from India and America last Wednesday. The statement issued by the American Foreign Ministry said t [...]
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31 Jul 2009

First Holiday Inn to open in the Maldives

The Maldives will see the opening of the first international-class hotel for its capital city, Malé. The 117-room Holiday Inn Malé will [...]

27 Jul 2009

Shangril Las Villingili Resort and Spa opens

The long awaited dream of the Addu Atoll people was realised yesterday when the Shangril La’s Villingili Resort and Spa was opened for businesse [...]

21 Jul 2009

Cabinet discusses Herethere Resort issue

At the cabinet meeting held today, the members discussed the delay, in court, in reaching a decision on the legal dispute between Yacht Tours and Mald [...]

11 Jul 2009

The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board showcased the destination at 13th annual Unique Choice Road Show

Male’, 8 July 2009; Maldives Tourism Promotion Board participated for the first time at the 13th annual Unique Choice Road Show held in 6 cities [...]

01 Jul 2009

President inaugurates Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa

President Mohamed Nasheed has, this afternoon, inaugurated Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa in South Miladhunmadulu atoll. Upon arrival at t [...]
 

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