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Maldives scraps proposed fees in tourism reopening guidelines

Maldives scraps proposed fees in tourism reopening guidelines

Fees proposed in draft guidelines on reopening the Maldives borders to visitors have been scrapped, the island nation’s tourism ministry…

‘Business as usual not possible’: Maldives pres lays out plan to ease lockdown, reopen borders

‘Business as usual not possible’: Maldives pres lays out plan to ease lockdown, reopen borders

Maldives will begin easing lockdown measures on May 28 and reopen its borders to visitors in July, the island nation’s…

Maldives defers tourism lease rent

Maldives defers tourism lease rent

Lease rent payable by resorts in Maldives will be deferred for the rest of the year, the island nation’s president…

Maldives relaxes rules on coronavirus emergency loans

Maldives relaxes rules on coronavirus emergency loans

Maldives launched a major overhaul of an emergency business loan scheme Saturday after major tourism businesses complained of being ineligible…

Maldives cuts tourism prospects further, says 2020 arrivals could drop by half

Maldives cuts tourism prospects further, says 2020 arrivals could drop by half

The number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives is expected to drop by half in 2020, officials announced Wednesday, further…

Maldives closes borders to contain coronavirus spread

Maldives closes borders to contain coronavirus spread

Maldives on Wednesday announced a blanket suspension of on-arrival visa in a bid to combat the spread of the novel…

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Maldives begins phased easing of lockdown, most measures to remain for two weeks

Maldives begins phased easing of lockdown, most measures to remain for two weeks

Maldives will begin easing lockdown measures Thursday, with people allowed to go out for more hours and general businesses permitted…

Maldives projects 2020 tax revenues to fall by 48 per cent

Maldives projects 2020 tax revenues to fall by 48 per cent

Tax revenues are expected to see a year-over-year drop of at least 48 per cent this year due to a…

Solah on Komandoo’s ‘champions’

Solah on Komandoo’s ‘champions’

Komandoo Resort Maldives is one of the best-ranking resorts for romance and a firm favourite to anyone looking for an…

Over 465 resort workers in Maldives begin journey home with fortnight quarantine

Over 465 resort workers in Maldives begin journey home with fortnight quarantine

Tourism authorities in Maldives have moved 467 resort workers to quarantine facilities as part of efforts to allow those stranded…

Blueforce Fleet Maldives launches ‘Keep on Dreaming’ drawing contest

Blueforce Fleet Maldives launches ‘Keep on Dreaming’ drawing contest

Blueforce Liveaboards in the Maldives has launched its “Keep on Dreaming” drawing competition for kids. The competition will have two…

Saudi Arabian airlines to resume some domestic flights from May 31

Saudi Arabian airlines to resume some domestic flights from May 31

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian airlines are preparing to resume some domestic flights from Sunday as the Kingdom eases coronavirus…

Saudi Arabia allows mosques to open for Friday prayers

Saudi Arabia allows mosques to open for Friday prayers

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for Friday prayers, state TV reported on Tuesday, as the…

Queues and limited browsing in store for English shoppers

Queues and limited browsing in store for English shoppers

LONDON (Reuters) – People eager to hit the shops again when English high street retailers, department stores and shopping centres…

No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era

No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era

No screaming on the rollercoaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero:…

EU readies trillion-euro aid plan as virus hammers Latin America

EU readies trillion-euro aid plan as virus hammers Latin America

A one-trillion-euro recovery plan to get Europe back on its feet after the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic was…

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Solah on Komandoo’s ‘champions’

Solah on Komandoo’s ‘champions’

Komandoo Resort Maldives is one of the best-ranking resorts for romance and a firm favourite to anyone looking for an…

Niyama’s Explorers Kids Club: Catering to the imaginations of all ages

Niyama’s Explorers Kids Club: Catering to the imaginations of all ages

Niyama Private Islands offers more than a luxury retreat in the Maldives. Going beyond conventional concepts of lavish accommodation, sumptuous…

The real costs of closing the economy and the need for two approaches

The real costs of closing the economy and the need for two approaches

By Sonu Shivdasani Thank you for all your replies to the opinion article I shared a few weeks ago, ‘How Maldivian…

The Maldivian ‘new normal’

The Maldivian ‘new normal’

By Sonu Shivdasani It has been a torrid few days in the Maldives’ battle against Covid-19: we’ve seen spikes in new…

Future of travel: How has Covid-19 affected people’s views on travel and what will change?

Future of travel: How has Covid-19 affected people’s views on travel and what will change?

By Sonu Shivdasani This crisis that we are all going through now has allowed many people the opportunity to pause…

Marine Savers at Four Seasons Resorts Maldives: Beyond plastic

Marine Savers at Four Seasons Resorts Maldives: Beyond plastic

At Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, marine conservation and plastic reduction has been a serious topic for nearly 20 years. All…