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Maafaru Airport Terminal Expansion

Bids Open for Maafaru Airport Terminal Expansion Project

Island Aviation Services Limited, the operator of Maafaru International Airport, invites interested and eligible bidders to submit proposals to expand the N. Maafaru Airport Terminal. To participate, bidders are required to purchase tender documents from IASL for a non-refundable amount of MVR 15,000. The deadline for submission is 23:59 Hrs on 12th February 2023. The […]

Around the World Cruise Arrived In Malé with 1,620 Tourists

The Italian cruise ship Costa Deliziosa arrived in Maldives with 1,620 tourists earlier this week. The cruise is operated by the Italian company Costa Crociere. This is the second cruise ship to arrive in Malé City this year. The ship brought 1,620 tourists of different nationalities to the Maldives. The ship is on a 128 […]

Study Finds Wellness Spending is Positively Correlated with Happiness

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) recently published an empirical analysis of the relationship between wellness economy spending and measures of happiness and health. GWI is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower wellness worldwide by educating the public and private sectors about health and wellness. The study found that there is a strong correlation […]

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Maafaru Airport Terminal Expansion

Bids Open for Maafaru Airport Terminal Expansion Project

Island Aviation Services Limited, the operator of Maafaru International Airport, invites interested and eligible bidders to submit proposals to expand the N. Maafaru Airport Terminal. To participate, bidders are required to purchase tender documents from IASL for a non-refundable amount of MVR 15,000. The deadline for submission is 23:59 Hrs on 12th February 2023. The […]

Around the World Cruise Arrived In Malé with 1,620 Tourists

The Italian cruise ship Costa Deliziosa arrived in Maldives with 1,620 tourists earlier this week. The cruise is operated by the Italian company Costa Crociere. This is the second cruise ship to arrive in Malé City this year. The ship brought 1,620 tourists of different nationalities to the Maldives. The ship is on a 128 […]

Maldivian Aero to Suspend Night Flights from Hanimaadhoo Airport

From March 1, 2023, all Maldivian flights scheduled from 20:00 hrs and 8:00 hrs from Hanimaadhoo Airport will be temporarily suspended. All flights between Hanimaadhoo and Trivandrum, India are also suspended indefinitely. The flight suspensions are due to the expansion project of Hanimaadhoo International Airport. The construction work will take place between 8 PM and […]

30% Increase Tourist Arrival Jan 2021

30% Increase in Tourist Arrivals in January 2023 Compared to 2022

Tourist arrivals in January 2023 see a 30.9% increase compared to 2022. In January, there were 178,159 arrivals compared to 136,146 arrivals in January 2022. Arrivals this year are nearly double than January 2021 with 94,261 arrivals. The growth indicates a strong post COVID-19 recovery for the industry. The top three markets are Russia, India […]

Villa Air Livery

Villa Air Unveils New Livery Inspired by Maldivian Nature

Villa Air unveils a new livery to its fleet. The livery captures a Maldivian essence with a beautiful bright blue and green hues inspired by the turquoise lagoons and lush island greenery. The spotted pattern draws inspiration from majestic whale sharks. On October 1, 2011, Villa Air began operations. Villa Airport in Maamigili, the first […]

Dr. Audrey Tang

Coco Bodu Hithi Welcomes Relaxation Officer Dr. Audrey Tang

Coco Bodu Hithi will welcome their first Relaxation Officer, Dr. Audrey Tang this February. Dr. Audrey Tang is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society), and an award-winning business author with a focus on practical tools for wellbeing. She will take up her residency at Coco Bodu Hithi resort from 11 to 15 February. “Everyone deserves […]

Shafraz Hafiz

Shafraz Hafiz to Speak at International Hotel Technology Forum 2023

Renowned Maldivian digital media professional Mohamed Shafraz Hafiz will speak at the International Hotel Technology Forum 2023. The 20th anniversary of the forum will be held in Vienna on 28 – 30 March, 2023. Shafraz will speak on the topic: Chasing travellers: A post-pandemic guide on how Maldives Hotels recreated awareness. Shafraz is the Director […]

Deepak Booneady CEO

Sun Siyam Resorts Appoints Deepak Booneady as CEO

Sun Siyam Resorts announced the promotion of Mr. Deepak Booneady from Vice President of Commercial to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As CEO, Deepak will oversee the overall operation of the company, work closely with the group general manager, the resort management teams, as well as with the head office board of directors to create, communicate, […]

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Mohamed Imthiyaz

Interview with Resort Manager Mohamed Imthiyaz

Aishath Layan Riyaz

Chef of the Month: Aishath Layan Riyaz

Aishath Layan Riyaz is a Commis Chef at Cora Cora Maldives, Raa Atoll.  Originally from the capital city of Malé, Layan grew up in a family that took every opportunity to travel, either to local islands during short holidays or internationally for longer holidays, which ignited a love of travel and making new friends. After […]

Chef of the Month: Enes Malik Bahcivan

Enes Malik Bahcivan is the Sous Chef of The Velaa Bar & Grill restaurant at Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Lhaviyani Atoll  Growing up amongst the fertile cherry and apple orchards in Yahyali, southern Turkey, gave Enes a love of the outdoors and appreciation for the taste of fresh products. From a large family, […]

Laurent Sung DJI Reynieix, Director of Operations, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Hotelier Maldives: Tell us a bit about yourself and your career Laurent Reynieix: My name is Laurent Sung Dji Reynieix, with origins from France and Korea, I grew up between France, Africa and Singapore, and have worked in different countries from Ivory Coast, Singapore, New Caledonia, Indonesia to Spain, and many others destinations. My love […]

Ahmed Jihad, Butler, St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Ahmed Jihad’s 25-year long journey in the hospitality industry started as most journeys do – with a life changing spark of interest. As a young boy living in an island on the south, he was fascinated by the stories he heard from the resort workers from his neighbourhood. They would return to the island on […]

Products

Vilunü Scent Marketeering

Vilunü Ventures into Scent Marketeering

On January 9, 2023, Vilunü celebrated three years of creating modern bespoke scents inspired by lush Maldivian nature. The local brand’s success is evident as Vilunü recently entered the field of scent marketing. Scent has the powerful ability to inspire feelings of nostalgia and delightful memories. Scent is an underutilized yet valuable sense for the […]

Island Living with Island Bazaar

Island Bazaar, the island lifestyle brand has released a collaborative collection of embroidered tote bags in partnership with a talented local artist Rauha “Rau” Ali, Girl from a Thousand Isles. The collection features intricate designs and vibrant colors that capture the essence of the island living, patterns of Maldivian art, as well as the island’s […]

Kleventi – Affordable Luxury Timepieces and Accessories for All

Established in 2018, founder Ibrahim Zimam wished to provide the Maldivian market with radiant high-quality accessories at an affordable price. Zimam’s concept for Kleventi is innovative as never before has a local brand designed beautiful demi-fine watches and divine fragrances. Kleventi prioritizes craftsmanship, quality and a feeling of luxury in all their products. Kleventi is […]

Iceto by Cidee’s Kitchen – A Premium Frozen Dessert Brand from the Maldives

There is a new icecream in town for you to satisfy your sweet tooth! Cidee’s Kitchen has introduced the first premium gelato crafted in the Maldives, Iceto. Iceto gelato is currently available in their signature flavour of Coconut and Bondi. The rich and creamy Coconut and Bondi Gelato is made with two types of homemade […]

LANALA – Eco-Swimwear Meets Maldivian Beauty

With Additional Writing by Naza Nazeem, Loolua Mohamed and Shahudha Mohamed Built upon Hussen Abdulla and his family’s shared understanding of the dire need for environmentally-friendly products, LANALA is a pioneering swimwear brand founded on a praiseworthy pursuit. The brand’s aim is to create eco-conscious swimwear with recycled materials, and consequently draw attention to the […]

Kitchen Hood and Exhaust Degreasing by Arsen

Cosmopolitan Introduces Arun® Icecreams to the Maldives

Cosmopolitan – a leading food and beverages supplier in Maldives, is adding Ice-cream as a new category into their scrupulously selected list of items. Arun Icecreams is made of milk and cream by the reputed group called Hatsun Agro Product Ltd (HAP) founded in 1970. It’s a well-known Indian brand who first introduced its ice […]

Six Dazzling Home-Grown Jewellery Brands in Maldives

Galleries

Siyam World’s Festive Carnival

For this holiday season, The Great Festive Carnival of Siyam World takes guests on an exciting rollercoaster ride of music, art and creativity. The combination of Maldivian folklore inspired plays, artworks and floats, many activities and shows offer endless escapades from 22nd December 2022 till 6th January 2023. Among many special programmes set for the […]

Kuredu Resort Celebrates 34th Anniversary

The resort celebrated with the 34th Anniversary Cup Final between Kuredu FC & MNDF FC. Later, the cake cutting ceremony was held with Terri & Laurie, their 50 times repeaters as guests of honour, a nostalgic slideshow of Kuredu in its infancy and a Retro Party. Kuredu Resort Maldives, this vibrant action filled resort is […]

Fushifaru Maldives Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Fushifaru Maldives has celebrated five years of operation with “Fabulous #5” theme on 24th of October 2022. Since the opening in 2017, the resort has attained the reputation among the best authentic Maldivian boutique resorts in Maldives. To commemorate the occasion, the resort offered a full week of celebrations starting with a series of sports […]

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