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Maldives, a Destination for the 1%, Chases the Backpacker Buck  The Wall Street Journal

UKULHAS, Maldives—One of the world's most expensive tourist destinations, known for overwater villas and beach-chic spas, is counting on an unlikely force to ...

The Wall Street Journal
The Maldives counts the cost of its debts to China  Financial Times

Crowned with a soaring blue archway, the four-lane China-Maldives Friendship Bridge loops over 2km of the Indian Ocean to connect the Maldivian capital with ...

Financial Times
Maldives or Mauritius? No dilemma for solar  pv magazine International

In Mauritius, a 16 MW grid-tied solar power plant aimed at reducing coal and oil consumption was commissioned last week, while in the Maldives the Scaling Up ...

pv magazine International
Maldives fears China Belt and Road debt trap  Financial Times

After borrowing money to pay for infrastructure, the island nation's debts to China now account for about a third of its total gross domestic product.

Financial Times
Maldives joins BIT travel exhibition in Milan  Raajjemv

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Ex-president's aide remanded for 10 days  Maldives Independent

The former chief of staff of the presidential residence was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of tampering with evidence, days after police sought corruption ...

Maldives Independent
Hotspot – Maldives  Geographical

Klaus Dodds turns his attention to the Maldives, the island paradise that has caught the attention of the world's most powerful players.

Geographical
Maldives parliament yet to schedule first sitting of the year  Raajjemv

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Raajjemv
Maldives 3 Ways: Which Four Seasons Property Is Right For you?  Forbes

Find out more about the look and feel of each property.

Forbes
Kudadoo Maldives: The Country's Newest Private-Island Paradise  Luxury Travel Advisor

Surrounded by the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean — warm, clear and replete with life-sustaining coral reefs — the Maldives islands have, since the 1980s, ...

Luxury Travel Advisor
PCB appoints Chairman to Maldives Sports Corporation  The Edition

Privatization and Corporatization Board (PCB) appoints Hussain Mohamed as the Chairman of Maldives Sports Corporation Ltd on February.

The Edition
Maldives central bank seeks vendors for new payment system  Maldives Independent

The Maldives Monetary Authority is seeking vendors for a new payment system development project. The central bank described the Maldives Payment System ...

Maldives Independent
Quality of Maldives, Italy trade links have increased in recent years: FM Shahid  Raajjemv

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Maldives issues warning to holidaymakers after spate of drownings  The Telegraph

The Maldives has issued a warning to holiday resorts to keep a closer eye on their guests after a spate of drownings. Five tourists have died in a single week ...

The Telegraph
An ultra-luxe retreat in the Maldives has been named the world's most romantic resort 6 times — here's a look inside the secluded island  Business Insider

Guests at Baros Maldives, the world's most romantic resort, can choose from 77 ultra-luxe villas, each with its own open-air bathroom and rain shower.

Business Insider
Universal Aviation Maldives to enhance private jet experience in the Maldives  GlobeNewswire

MALÉ, Maldives, Jan. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Aviation and Inner Maldives Holidays celebrated the official grand opening of its joint venture ...

GlobeNewswire
Interim Budget: Maldives Aid Allocation for 2019-20 Quadrupled  The Wire

Even though Bhutan continues to account for most of Indian foreign aid, the Maldives has seen an increase of 460% compared to the budget estimates for ...

The Wire
Remains of Pinoy couple who drowned in Maldives to be brought to Sri Lanka  ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday that the remains of the Filipino couple who drowned in the Maldives would be flown to Sri ...

ABS-CBN News
This Maldives resort is the ultimate escape from reality  Vogue Australia

Looking for a way to do nothing (in the best way possible)? Enter the newly opened Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Advertisement. Minimise decisions.

Vogue Australia
Expressing Religious Views is Risky in the Maldives  Human Rights Watch

Ibrahim Ismail, the chairman of Mandhu College in the Maldives and a former lawmaker, says he believes in debate rooted in facts and backed by citations, ...

Human Rights Watch
Filipino couple on honeymoon drowns in Maldives  Philippine Star

A Filipino couple on their honeymoon drowned to death in the Maldives, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Philippine Star
Maldives: Act on Human Rights Pledges  Human Rights Watch

The Maldives saw new hope for human rights improvements during late 2018 after joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated President ...

Human Rights Watch
Here's What's New in the Maldives  Travel Market Report

Hilton is going two rungs up the luxury ladder in The Maldives, in the Indian Ocean. First, the established and highly popular Conrad Maldives Rangali Island ...

Travel Market Report
Maldives arrests 80 Bangladeshis in crackdown on undocumented migrant workers  bdnews24.com

Maldives arrests 80 Bangladeshis in crackdown on undocumented migrant workers.

bdnews24.com
Maldives to set safe zones for swimming after Pinoy honeymooners' death  ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Authorities in Maldives will soon be establishing safe zones for swimming in every island following the drowning incident that claimed the lives of a ...

ABS-CBN News
Remains of Pinoy couple who drowned in Maldives back in PH  ABS-CBN News

The bodies of Leomer and Erika Joyce Lagradilla arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Saturday.

ABS-CBN News
3 other foreign tourists drown in Maldives after Pinoy couple's tragic death: report  ABS-CBN News

Another foreign tourist has died while diving in Maldives, the fifth drowning fatality this month, a local newspaper reported.

ABS-CBN News
India, Maldives discuss maritime security, military ties  Moneycontrol.com

In a statement, the defence ministry described the talks as.

Moneycontrol.com
Filipino couple drowns while on honeymoon in Maldives  Philippine Star

What would have been a romantic getaway turned into tragedy when a Filipino couple drowned on Sunday while on their honeymoon in Maldives.

Philippine Star
Jumeirah Vittaveli hotel, Maldives review: the last word in luxury  The Week UK

A luxury resort made up of private villas, guarantees privacy, gourmet dining and a wide range of activities for its clientele. Over the past decade, the Maldives ...

The Week UK
Maldives issues travel warning after spike in tourist drownings  New York Post

Maldives officials have been forced to issue a nationwide safety warning to resort operators following a spate of tourist deaths in the lush travel hotspot.

New York Post
Hotel Insider: All-inclusive luxury at Ozen by Atmosphere, Maadhoo, Maldives  The National

An island resort that's easy to get to but hard to leave.

The National
Maldives President calls on President Sirisena  Daily Mirror

Visiting Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a welcoming ceremony at the ...

Daily Mirror
Cabinet Go-Ahead For Facilitation Of Visa Arrangements With Maldives  NDTV News

The Union Cabinet today gave its ex-post facto approval to the agreement on the facilitation of visa arrangements signed between India and the Maldives signed ...

NDTV News
Complaints process around Ian Paisley Maldives holiday 'confidential'  Belfast Telegraph

Any investigation into complaints made to a parliament watchdog about a holiday taken by the DUP's Ian Paisley to the Maldives must remain confidential, it has ...

Belfast Telegraph
Despite fire, Taj Exotica Maldives fully operational  Condé Nast Traveller India

A fire broke out at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives early on Tuesday morning, gutting four of the 64 villas at the property. Though the villas were occupied no ...

Condé Nast Traveller India
Filipe Toledo Goes Ham in the Maldives  Surfer Magazine

World number three Filipe Toledo just dropped an edit of highlights from a 2017 Maldives mission. With hair matching the color of the tropical nation's famed ...

Surfer Magazine
Review of JA Manafaru resort Maldives - a romantic destination for honeymooners  HELLO! Magazine

The Maldives is the perfect honeymoon destination! Read our review of the JA Manafaru resort. From Beach bungalows and Over water Villas to spa treatments ...

HELLO! Magazine
Bracing for climate change is a matter of survival for the Maldives  MENAFN.COM

Male, February 11 (blogs.worldbank,org): The Maldives is no stranger to the risks from climate change. It is already witnessing an increase in intense rainfall and ...

MENAFN.COM
Jason Goliath and Sian Bailey's destination wedding: From takkies to the Maldives  IOL

Comedian Jason Goliath and his wife Sian Bailey trended last week after they tied the knot in wearing T-shirts and takkies, but now it seems the 'joke' was on us.

IOL
Remains of Filipino couple who drowned in Maldives now in Laguna  Philippine Star

The remains of the Filipino couple who drowned in the Maldives are now back in their hometown in Laguna.

Philippine Star
Calls for DUP to break silence on Ian Paisley Maldives probe  The Irish News

SINN FÉIN has called on the DUP to "end its silence" on the party's latest internal probe into the activities of Ian Paisley. The call from North Antrim MLA Phillip ...

The Irish News
Ministry announces inspection of all tourist establishments  Maldives Independent

The tourism ministry announced Thursday plans to review industry regulations and inspect all resorts, guesthouses and safari vessels in the country.

Maldives Independent
Coalition parties stand alone for parliamentary polls  Maldives Independent

The Maldivian Democratic Party launched its parliamentary campaign Friday night as coalition partners awarded tickets to rival candidates ahead of the April 6 ...

Maldives Independent
Hotel of the week: Kanuhura, Maldives  Evening Standard

It's that time of year when celebrities and influencers jet off to warmer climes, then show it off all over the 'gram. With its piercing turquoise waters and perfect ...

Evening Standard
Society & Culture4 weeks ago Korean tourist drowns near Paradise Resort  Maldives Independent

A 66-year-old South Korean tourist drowned Wednesday afternoon while snorkelling near the Paradise Resort. She was brought from the resort island to the ...

Maldives Independent
State wholesaler assures price uniformity for staple foods  Maldives Independent

The State Trading Organisation announced Sunday that staple foodstuff will be sold on all islands at the same price as the capital Malé with effect on April 1.

Maldives Independent
Maldives to open 20 new resorts in 2019 to boost arrivals - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

MALE, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced on Friday that 20 new luxury resorts will be opened in the island country this ...

Xinhua
Agreement renewed for Milano-Bicocca Maldives outpost  Maldives Independent

An agreement was signed Sunday to extend the Milano-Bicocacco University's outpost on the island of Magoodhoo in Faafu atoll for a further 10 years.

Maldives Independent
Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives Partners With Adrienne LDN  Luxury Travel Advisor

As part of its “Master in Residence” program, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives has announced its partnership with one of London's wellness experts ...

Luxury Travel Advisor
Maldives fears China Belt and Road debt trap | Financial Times  Gooruf

World Maldives fears China Belt and Road debt trap After borrowing money to pay for infrastructure, the island nation's debts to China now account for about a ...

Gooruf
Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve – Eydhafushi, Maldives  Atlas Obscura

Discover Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve in Eydhafushi, Maldives: The world's seventh-largest coral reef contains an incredible amount of biodiversity.

Atlas Obscura
Sneak peek of Raffles Meradhoo Maldives ahead of February opening  9Honey

The highly-anticipated Raffles Meradhoo in the Maldives will finally open its doors on February 1, 2019. Nestled on a stunningly pristine private island, the Gaafu ...

9Honey
Baros Maldives: Inside the world's most romantic resort  Stuff.co.nz

Baros Maldives, an ultra-luxe retreat in the Indian Ocean, has been named the world's most romantic resort for the sixth time. The resort has garnered the title, ...

Stuff.co.nz
Judicial reform is of paramount importance to ensure public trust: Maldives Prez  All India Radio

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih today said judicial reform is of paramount importance to the government so as to ensure public trust in local courts.

All India Radio
PositiviTea - Cancer Society of Maldives  The Edition

The Edition brings readers a dose of positive news over a cup of tea shared with inspirational folk doing all sorts of positive work in the Maldives.

The Edition
Travel deals: Maldives villa special at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort  Traveller

Nestled in an aquamarine lagoon, the award-winning five-star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, has a special offer for a $21172 stay – now costing ...

Traveller
Traveller deals: Singapore and Maldives luxury tour discounted  Traveller

Flights are included with a 10-day Singapore and Maldives deal that starts with a stay in the five-star Mandarin Orchard Singapore, close to the island's biggest ...

Traveller
Ambassador Mishra pays farewell call on President Solih  The Edition

The Ambassador of India to Maldives Akhilesh Mishra, paid his farewell call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday at the President's.

The Edition
With 'waste-to-wealth' model, Baa atoll islands aim to stop open burning  Maldives Independent

The Soneva Fushi resort has pledged funding to set up eco-friendly waste management centres on three neighbouring islands in Baa atoll. In order to stop the ...

Maldives Independent
Bahrain Vs Maldives Live Score (T20): Full Scorecard, Match Score and Cricket Updates - Firstcricket  Firstpost

Bahrain Vs Maldives Live Score (T20) full scorecard, cricket score and updates. Get all latest cricket match results, scores and statistics, with complete cricket ...

Firstpost
‘This year, go someplace that’s good for your soul’  Condé Nast Traveller India - The Last Word in Travel

This Christmas and New Year break, I stayed in Mumbai. This is not usual practice; the end of the year is when I love to travel. And though I have sometimes ...

Condé Nast Traveller India - The Last Word in Travel
Hon Xuong island offers same beauty as Maldives: UK newspaper  http://en.vietnamplus.vn/

The Hon Xuong Island in the southern province of Kien Giang offers the same beauty as Maldives without the 5-star expense, according to the Evening Standard ...

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New Ambassador of Malaysia presents credentials to President Solih  The Edition

The New Ambassador of Malaysia Tan Yang Thai formally presented his credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday at the President's.

The Edition
Customs seize two parcels with 575 grams of drugs  The Edition

Maldives Customs *Service* on Sunday seized two parcels with 575 gram of drugs that were couriered to.

The Edition
If This Underwater Villa in the Maldives Isn't on Your Bucket List, You're Doing It Wrong  POPSUGAR

Still piecing together your 2019 travel bucket list? Then boy oh boy, do we have a worthy addition for you. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel finally.

POPSUGAR
69 illegal immigrants detained: Immigration  The Edition

Maldives Immigration announced on Monday that following an investigation among 80 immigrants, 69 of them were illegally residing in Maldives.

The Edition
Zara McDermott confirms Adam Collard split and brutally hints it's all his fault  Mirror Online

The reality star shared a quote from another dumped Love Islander as she cryptically hinted at the real reason behind her and Adam's shock split.

Mirror Online
President's Office conducts Anti-Corruption and Good Governance Programme  The Edition

The President's Office has conducted a programme on Anti-Corruption and Good Governance for those serving in elected and political.

The Edition
Hospitality REITs cash in on tourism high  Singapore Business Review

OUE Hospitality Trust posted the highest return in FY18 at 6.5%. Singapore's hospitality sector capped new year on strong financial footing as CDL Hospitality ...

Singapore Business Review
Positive performance of key sectors boost Aitken Spence 3Q  Daily Mirror

Harry Jayawardena-controlled diversified conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC recorded strong top and bottom line growth for the quarter ended December 31, ...

Daily Mirror
IndiGo Airlines Reviews: Should You Buy That Cheap Ticket?  Travel+Leisure

Here's the deal with Indian budget airline IndiGo's carry-on and checked baggage fees, seat assignments, legroom, and more.

Travel+Leisure
Lord Ahmad Speech at the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies  GOV.UK

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon delivered a speech on democratic participation at the Community of Democracies on 29 January 2019.

GOV.UK
Exclusive: Maldives set to pull out of China free trade deal, says senior lawmaker  Reuters

MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives' new government will pull out of a free trade agreement (FTA) with China because it was a mistake for the tiny nation to strike ...

Reuters
How to Take Your Dream Trip to the Maldives on a Budget  Travel+Leisure

Just say “Maldives” and you can't help but picture overwater bungalows, pristine waters, and perfectly pure sand. The islands are, in a word, idyllic.

Travel+Leisure
Maldives Opposition Declares Election Victory  The New York Times

NEW DELHI — The Maldives, the isolated scattering of islands caught in a geopolitical struggle between China, India and the West, were thrust into more ...

The New York Times
Holidaymakers flee £3,000-per-night luxury Maldives hotel after devastating fire  The Telegraph

One of the top luxury resorts in the Maldives has been hit by a devastating fire which tore through the property on Wednesday night. Seven overwater villas and ...

The Telegraph
No rifts can be created between himself and Pres. Solih, claims Gasim While addressing at the  Avas.mv

Leader of Jumhooree Party Gasim Ibrahim has declared that attempts to create rifts between himself and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will not be ...

Avas.mv
After building spree, just how much does the Maldives owe China?  Reuters

One week after taking power, the new government of the Maldives says it has no idea how much it owes China, which has led a construction spree in the tiny ...

Reuters
Surprise Victory Of Opposition In Maldives Elections, A Referendum On Democracy  NPR

Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih unseated the president in the Maldives election, a surprise victory at a time when the archipelago nation was ...

NPR
With A New President, Can The Maldives Escape China's Debt Trap?  Forbes

Elections in the Maldives last month witnessed the unexpected ouster of incumbent president Abdulla Yameen. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the consensus ...

Forbes
Lessons in Luxury: why I keep returning to the beautiful, boring Maldives  Telegraph.co.uk

I 'm just back from the Maldives, again. My friends think this is a flimsy excuse for making my fourth visit in just as many years but, honestly, when you work in the ...

Telegraph.co.uk
Flying with the barefoot pilots of the Maldives  CNN

In the Maldives, things can definitely get relaxed. For example, take Trans Maldivian Airways, where the pilots may kick off their sandals and go barefoot once in ...

CNN
7 things you should know on your first trip to the Maldives  South China Morning Post

Learn about atolls, book a seaplane to your resort, and cover up when you go to local islands or Malé.

South China Morning Post
India Offers $1.4 Billion to Maldives Amid Tussle With China  Bloomberg

India has offered the Maldives $1.4 billion through a credit line and budgetary support as the tiny island nation's new government pivots from a pro-China foreign ...

Bloomberg
Modi Should Not Bail Out China In Maldives  Forbes

India' Prime Minister Narendra Modi shouldn't help the Maldives pay its debts to China. It isn't in India's own economic and geopolitical interests, at this point.

Forbes
Microsoft, Minecraft & Treasure: Teaching Kids to Code  ReadMe Sri Lanka

Microsoft Sri Lanka recently held an event to commemorate the Computer Science Education Week. A number of schools were invited to take part..

ReadMe Sri Lanka
What is the Maldives economic crisis and why did India announce $1.4 billion aid to the island nation?  India Today

With a new government under president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in office, the Indian Ocean neighbour appears ready to get its relationship with India back on ...

India Today
Maldives’ New Leaders Confront a Chinese-Funded Building Binge  The Wall Street Journal

The government has reversed course on foreign policy, moving away from a partnership with China and realigning with neighboring India. But its leaders face a ...

The Wall Street Journal
Maldives Police Use Pickaxes To Destroy Artwork Deemed Un-Islamic  NPR

The 20-foot-tall stainless steel cube was decorated with life-size human statues and semi-submerged in a coral lagoon. The artwork was criticized because it ...

NPR
World's first underwater hotel residence opens in Maldives  CNN

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island opens the world's first underwater hotel residence. The two-story villa is set more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean.

CNN
Paisley faces luxury Maldives holiday questions  BBC News

DUP MP Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government. BBC Spotlight obtained ...

BBC News
Foreign Secretary announces new UK Embassy in Maldives  GOV.UK

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt continues the expansion of the UK's diplomatic network with the announcement of a new Embassy in Maldives.

GOV.UK
The Maldives' New Government: Mission Impossible?  The Diplomat

From reframing ties with China to advancing Maldivian democracy, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has a hard road ahead.

The Diplomat
Defence Minister Mariya to be summoned to parliament  The Edition

Parliament member of Mahibadhoo constituency Ahmed Thoriq (Tom) submitted a case to summon Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi to parliament, ...

The Edition
Maldives president appeals for details of graft under predecessors  Channel NewsAsia

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih inspects an honour guard during his ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential ...

Channel NewsAsia
 

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The Maldives (, US: (listen); Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raa'jey), officially the Republic of Maldives, is an Asian country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.The Maldives archipelago is located on the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean, which also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos Archipelago and Lakshadweep. With an average ground-level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the world's lowest country, with even its highest natural point being the lowest in the world, at 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). Due to the consequent risks posed by rising sea levels, the government pledged in 2009 to make the Maldives a carbon-neutral country by 2019.Islam was introduced to the Maldivian archipelago in the 12th century which was consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa. From the mid 16th-century, the region came under the increasing influence of European colonial powers, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887. Independence from the United Kingdom was achieved in 1965 and a presidential republic was established in 1968 with an elected People's Majlis. The ensuing decades have been characterised by political instability, efforts at democratic reform, and environmental challenges posed by climate change.The Maldives is a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is also a member of the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non Aligned Movement. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper middle income economy. Fishing has historically been the dominant economic activity, and remains the largest sector by far, followed by the rapidly growing tourism industry. Maldives is rated "high" on the Human Development Index, with its per capita income significantly higher than other SAARC nations.The Maldives was a Commonwealth republic from July 1982 until its withdrawal from the Commonwealth in October 2016 in protest of international criticism of its records in relation to corruption and human rights.