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Visit Maldives showcases the Maldives at the Arabian Travel Market.

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The Visit Maldives has participated in marketing its tourism to the Middle Eastern market at the Arabian Travel Market held at the Dubai World Trade Center. This year’s event was held from 16th -19th  May 2021  while a separate virtual event was held from 24th—26 May 2021.

The Visit Maldives (MMPRC) along with 69 partners from 37 establishments in the tourism sector participated at the Arabian Travel Market under the Maldivian banner.

The Maldives was represented by a 41sqm area specially designed to promote the natural beauty of the Maldives through colorful images, videos and a 350touchless VR experience. Business meetings were also concurrently conducted in the designated B2B areas while information was passed to interested parties through the counters at the stand.

The Visit Maldives along with its partners also participated in media interviews and panel discussion to promote the natural wonders of the Maldives.

The Middle Eastern market has historically been a major source of revenue for the tourism industry  and since the reopening of the borders following the COVID-19 pandemic on 15th July 2021, they have remained a key focus market for the Maldivian tourism industry.

The current mass vaccination programs such as “ I am vaccinated” by the Visit Maldives and the Ministry of Tourism have helped the recovering tourism industry in achieving the pre-COVID-19 arrival numbers with the Middle Eastern market proving itself to have the potential to aid in reaching the goal.  As of 12th May 2021, over 418,579 tourists have arrived in the Maldives of which 7,729 are from Middle East.

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Body of a 13 year old found in Hulhumale.

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Body of a 13 year old boy has been found in Hulhumale district of the capital city.

According to the Police Media Official, Police received a report in relation to an alleged case of abduction of a 13-year old boy, last Sunday. And amid further investigation of the case, police discovered the dead body of the child in the early hours of Tuesday, said Police.

The Police Media Official informed that two suspects; a 17 year old male and a 27 year old male have been apprehended in relation to the case.

The case is currently being investigated as a serious case said Police.

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President Solih departs on unofficial trip to Dubai.

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has departed on an unofficial two-day trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) this Monday to attend the funeral of his younger brother, Ahmed Mohamed Solih, who passed away, early Monday morning.

According to the press release published in the President’s Office website, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will be returning to the Maldives this Wednesday.

54 year-old Ahmed Mohamed Solih was being treated for cancer in Dubai, according to local news sources.

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Opposition council member Ahmed Nareesh elected as the Deputy Mayor of the capital city.

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Opposition PPM Council Member Ahmed Nareesh has been elected as the Deputy Mayor of the capital Malé city.

Ahmed Nareesh, who represents the Maafannu Medhu Constituency won his seat in the Malé City Council in the last Local Council Election after competing against a ruling party candidate. He, along with twelve  other opposition candidates won their seats by a landslide victory.

Today’s election was held between the council members of the Malé City Council. Ahmed Nareesh received 12 votes while his opponent received 7 votes.

Ahmed Nareesh is the host of “Madiseela” and its spiritual successor “Hajam” which has been recorded as the most popular nightly shows in the Maldives. A former solider, Ahmed Nareesh has been active in the political scene as a council member of the Progressive Party of Maldives.

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