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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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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’ [...]

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 [...]

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 Int [...]

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 t [...]

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 D [...]

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,” acc [...]

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 Maldiv [...]

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 a [...]

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 P [...]

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 Ma [...]

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 [...]

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. Accor [...]

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 [...]

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 13 [...]

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 industr [...]

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 [...]

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 t [...]

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 Mo [...]

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 [...]

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 mon [...]

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 o [...]

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 majest [...]

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 signifi [...]

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 t [...]

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-ev [...]

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 u [...]

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 I [...]

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 [...]
 

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