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News Archives - January 2009

28 Jan 2009

New State-Of-The-Art Sunset Water Villa Pools at Conrad Maldives

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has upgraded its two exclusive Sunset Water Villas with new state-of-the-art private swimming pools. At eight metres long, four metres wide and 1.2 metres deep, the pools offer guests the ultimate private swimming experience just steps from the Villa, raised abo [...]
28 Jan 2009

The Maldives retains top spot in Kuoni long haul report

The Maldives has remained the most popular destination in the Kuoni Longhaul Report, despite not allowing non-Muslims to be married there. Kuoni head of product Wendy Kenneally said the destination maintained its position in the annual report, which lists the operator’s top-selling destinat [...]
26 Jan 2009

Kingfisher to start operations to Maldives

Kingfisher Airlines, an Indian based private airline, has announced that it would offer flights to seven more international destinations over the next three months. According to Kingfisher Airlines Vice-President (Global Sales), Siva Ramachandran the destinations includes Singapore, Hong Kong, B [...]
24 Jan 2009

Maldivians Are Healthiest in Asia

Maldivians are the healthiest in Asia because of their trust in the mass media, according to researchers from Chuo University in Japan. A report published this month revealed high levels of trust in the media facilitated the success of mass media health campaigns, which in turn had a positive inf [...]
24 Jan 2009

Customs investigating biggest swindling case in its history

he Maldives Customs Service has launched an investigation, in cooperation with the Maldives Police Service, into an a swindling case where a large amount of goods were released from Customs without any duty being paid for it. Customs officials on Thursday said that it was the biggest swindling case [...]
22 Jan 2009

Nineteen parties expressed interest in developing Airport

A total of 19 parties had expressed interest in developing the Malé International Airport on a joint-venture basis by the time the deadline for submissions had passed, the Finance Ministry has said. According to a press release issued by the Ministry on Tuesday, Airport operators from Euro [...]
18 Jan 2009

Hulhudhoo Islanders Protest Against Yacht Tours

A large group of Hulhudhoo islanders have said they will protest against Yacht Tours everyday from 4 to 6.30pm until there is a change of management at Handhufushi (Herethere) Resort. Islanders have been protesting on one side of a channel which separates Hulhudhoo from the resort since Friday, [...]
18 Jan 2009

It is Maldives for Kites unit now

The unit of Anurag Basu’s Kites seems to be on a globe trotting mission. After shooting in New Mexico, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and of course Mumbai, the latest shooting location for them has been Maldives. Hrithik Roshan and his Hollywood actress Babara Mori along with the rest of the unit a [...]
16 Jan 2009

Hrithik, Barbara Mori fly to Maldives

Hrithik Roshan and his Hollywood actress Babara Mori flew to Maldives last night to shoot the last schedule of their upcoming film Kites. “Yes… We all are heading to Maldives as we have to shoot a romantic underwater song there. We thought that a Maldives beach will be a superb locati [...]
15 Jan 2009

Love is all around at luxury Maldives resort

With Valentine’s Day around the corner Sun Hotels & Resorts invites sweethearts to lose themselves in Maldivian romance at the luxurious Iru Fushi Beach & Spa Resort. To get passion off to a flying start, lovebirds will enjoy the 45-minute scenic seaplane transfer from Malé t [...]
15 Jan 2009

Six Days To Surrender Handhufushi: MTDC

The public-owned Maldives Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has given Yacht Tours six days to hand over Handhufushi Resort or face legal action. The warning follows a 30-day notice period issued to Yacht Tours after the company failed to pay this quarter’s rent for the resort. Abdul [...]
14 Jan 2009

Maldives moves to protect whale sharks

  The Maldives has taken the first steps towards establishing a protected area for whale sharks. The government-backed initiative is being supported by biologists, diving professionals and representatives of the local community. For years, the Maldives has been renowned for its whale shark [...]
14 Jan 2009

Hrithik Roshan flies to Maldives for Kites shoot

MUMBAI: Hrithik Roshan will be flying to Maldives tonight along with his Kites co-star Barbara Mori for the shoot of the film. Kites director Anurag Basu says, "We have to shoot a slow romantic song and we thought that Maldives would be apt for such a song. We will leave tonight for a four d [...]
13 Jan 2009

Fitness Guru Matt Kinnear helps kick start 2009 at the Spa Retreat

The Maldives only destination spa is helping its guests to kickstart 2009 with its second transformational ‘Path to Balance Wellness Retreat’, hosted by fitness guru Matt Kinnear until 8th February 2009. As a therapeutic Massage Practitioner, Martial Arts expert and personal trainer, Ma [...]
13 Jan 2009

ADB Loan to Help Boost Inclusive Growth in Maldives

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - A US$7.5 million loan from the ADB to the Republic of Maldives will help strengthen private sector development and promote inclusive growth in one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia. The technical assistance loan, signed at ADB Headquarters today, will begin this [...]
13 Jan 2009

Government allows one additional year to develop resorts

The Government has allowed an extra year to develop resorts that are yet to be completed. This follows a decision reached at a Cabinet meeting held yesterday at the President's Office, after discussions and proposals by a special committee set to look into the matter. The Government also reached [...]
09 Jan 2009

Handhufushi staff begin strike to protest against delay in getting paid

The staff of Handhufushi Resort, managed by Yacht Tours, went on strike on Wednesday to protest against delays in receiving their wages. The resort workers began their strike around 7:30am yesterday, saying that that had not received their salaries and bonus allowance money. They said that they [...]
05 Jan 2009

Health insurance provided to those older than 65 years

Health insurance services have been provided to all who are above 65 years of age and didn’t have health insurance, the National Social Protection Agency has said. A consultant from the Agency, Thoriq Ali Luthufee, said on Sunday that all the hospitals that accept health insurance plans be [...]
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