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New seaplane experience at Amari Havodda Maldives



First resort in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll to initiate seaplane transfers with Gan International Airport

Amari Havodda Maldives, a luxury private island resort located in one of the most pristine atolls in the southern part of the Maldives, recently made history by being the first resort in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll to offer a direct seaplane connection. Up till now, guests to Amari Havodda Maldives and the other nearby resorts arrive and depart via a domestic flight connection between Male International Airport and Kaadhedhoo Domestic Airport, with the remaining part of the journey made through a 10-minute speedboat transfer.

The inaugural seaplane journey took place in early December as part of a familiarization visit by 10 travel industry professionals from the UK, organized in partnership with SriLankan Airlines. Upon departure following a memorable stay in paradise, the members of this familiarisation visit enjoyed the rare opportunity of being part of the inaugural 35-minute seaplane flight directly from Amari Havodda Maldives to Gan International Airport (GAN) specially organised by Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) for Amari Havodda Maldives. This inaugural flight follows the recent announcement by SriLankan Airlines as the first international carrier to service Gan International Airport with four flights a week between Gan Island and Colombo during the recent World Travel Mart (WTM) in London.

Group for the inaugural flight

“Amari Havodda Maldives offers a location, setting and experience which is unparalleled, and we are extremely delighted to be the first resort to offer this trial seaplane service only weeks after the Sri Lankan Airlines announcement as the only international carrier to service Gan,” said Christoph Leonhard, General Manager, Amari Havodda Maldives.

“Providing seaplane transfers to Gan as a complement to our domestic flight arrangement via Kaadhedhoo, and offering our guests additional travel options, will be one of our top priorities for next year as we work with the relevant partners on developing a regular seaplane service. No matter where our guests are coming from, they can be assured of a more seamless connection in the near future, which means more time exploring the magic of our island and experiencing true paradise,” he added.

“We had the most amazing opportunity to fly by seaplane from Amari Havodda Maldives to Gan and connect with the new service to Colombo operated by SriLankan Airlines. What an unforgettable experience with scenic views and the best trip yet! It was just perfect and made the travel connections a lot more seamless,” commented one of the passengers on the inaugural flight.

“It was a great moment for Trans Maldivian Airways to fly from the beautiful Amari Havodda Maldives in the southern region of the Maldives, fuel the growth of connectivity and support the development of tourism in this region.” said Mr. A.U.M Fawzy, Chief Executive Officer, Trans Maldivian Airways.

More details on the direct seaplane service between Amari Havodda Maldives and Gan Island will be shared in the near future as the resort work towards establishing the most optimum flight schedules in collaboration with the relevant partners and operators.

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World Tourism Day 2023: Emphasizing green investments for a sustainable future



Every year on September 27th, the world celebrates World Tourism Day, an occasion dedicated to highlighting the significance of tourism in our global society. In 2023, the focus of this celebration is on “Tourism and Green Investments,” a theme that resonates deeply with the Maldives, a nation known for its breathtaking natural beauty and its reliance on sustainable tourism.

The Maldives has long been a favorite destination for travelers seeking pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. With World Tourism Day 2023 emphasizing green investments, the Maldives tourism sector finds itself at the forefront of this global movement toward sustainable and responsible travel.

The Importance of Green Investments

One of the key pillars of this year’s World Tourism Day theme is the emphasis on green investments. The Maldives, with its fragile ecosystem, understands the critical importance of preserving its natural wonders. The nation has made remarkable strides in eco-friendly tourism practices in recent years.

Green investments in the Maldives take various forms, from the adoption of renewable energy sources to sustainable infrastructure development. The government has initiated ambitious projects to reduce carbon emissions, such as the installation of solar panels on many of the islands and the promotion of electric vehicles. These investments not only reduce the environmental footprint but also create a model for other nations striving for sustainability in tourism.

Investing in Education and Skills

Tourism is not just about infrastructure and natural beauty; it also relies heavily on the people who make it happen. For the Maldives, investing in education and skills is essential to ensure that the local workforce is well-equipped to provide high-quality services to tourists.

Training programs for hospitality, marine conservation, and sustainable tourism practices are becoming increasingly common in the Maldives. These initiatives empower the local population to actively participate in the tourism industry while ensuring that their actions are aligned with eco-conscious principles.

Sustainable Prosperity through Innovation

Innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship are key drivers of sustainable tourism growth. The Maldives recognizes the importance of embracing innovation to enhance the visitor experience while minimizing environmental impact.

From eco-friendly resorts to underwater dining experiences and marine conservation projects, Maldivian entrepreneurs are at the forefront of innovation in the tourism sector. Green investments in technology and entrepreneurship are fostering a culture of sustainability that ensures the Maldives remains a top destination for years to come.

UNWTO’s Global Tourism Investment Framework

World Tourism Day 2023 is not only a time for celebration but also a platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities surrounding investment in tourism. In Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will present its Global Tourism Investment Framework. This framework will provide valuable insights and guidelines for countries, including the Maldives, looking to attract responsible investments in tourism.

Furthermore, UNWTO will announce the winners of the inaugural UNWTO Women in Tech Startup Competition for the Middle East during the official World Tourism Day celebrations. This initiative highlights the importance of gender equality and the role of women in driving innovation and sustainability in the tourism sector.

World Tourism Day 2023 presents a significant opportunity for the Maldives to showcase its commitment to green investments and sustainable tourism practices. As a nation heavily dependent on tourism, the Maldives understands the importance of preserving its natural treasures and ensuring that its people are at the forefront of this global movement.

By investing in education, sustainable infrastructure, innovation, and entrepreneurship, the Maldives is not only safeguarding its unique environment but also setting a remarkable example for other nations to follow. As travelers seek more responsible and eco-conscious destinations, the Maldives is well-positioned to lead the way toward a sustainable and prosperous future in global tourism.

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Dubai’s FAM Holding launches $217m Maldives resort project



Dubai-based FAM Holding PSC Group announced the launching of Al Mahra Maldives Resort, its luxurious hotel residential project in the Maldives, on Monday.

The project, which will receive investments of about AED 800 million (USD 217.8 million), is deemed one of the latest real estate development projects to be launched by the group, and its first real estate expansion outside the UAE.

This launching came on the margin of the 30th version of Arabian Travel Market 2023, which is being held in the Dubai World Trade Centre, from Monday to Thursday.

“Through Al Mahra Maldives touristic resort project, FAM Holding Group aims to expand in the real estate investment outside the UAE for the first time, and strives to tap into the Maldives, particularly that this archipelago currently witnesses a remarkable growth, as it became the bucket list destination for many travel & tourism lovers all over the world, to bask in its pristine beaches, virgin nature, serene lifestyle, and smiling faces of the locals, a matter which makes it an ideal oasis for tranquility and relaxation,” Dr Faisal Ali Mousa, the Chairman of FAM Holding Group, said.

Mousa noted that Al Mahra Maldives resort will be established on an island with an area of 100,000 square metres, and will comprise 150 hotel units and chalets, including 100 overwater villas. He added that each unit in the resort will include a private swimming pool.

“The project will also comprise 40 beach villas, including 10 which will be earmarked for VIPs, as well as 3 restaurants, one spa, and gym. Moreover, the resort will feature all aquatics”, Mousa advised.

“The Maldives was selected, as it is a global touristic destination that the people of Arabian Gulf, Asians and Europeans visit. Moreover, the majority of famous trademarks and big touristic companies have a presence there, not to mention the fact that the UAE is one of the biggest Middle Eastern investors in the Maldives, and its investments there cover many sectors, particularly tourism & transportation.”

He underlined the fact that the Maldives offers unprecedented investment facilitations and incentives for easing the business doing, a matter that stimulates the flow of touristic investments on continuous bases. Mousa also indicated that the rise in touristic flow to the Maldives encourages the launching of new touristic projects to exploit the huge demand.

“The building works in Al Mahra Maldives will kick off after three months and will continue for two years and half, while the finishing of works and handing over the project are scheduled for the mid of 2025,” Mousa said.

“FAM Holding Group decided that the US $ will be the currency of payment for buying in Al Mahra Maldives, as the project will be marketed on a global scale, including the UAE, and there will be marketers for the project in Europe, Asia, China, India, Russia, and the USA, this is why the US $ was chosen as the settlement currency.

“The new project will attract tourist from all over the world, and will contribute to integration with the other projects of FAM Holding Group inside and outside the UAE”, Mousa added.

“The project is deemed the extension of the trademark, Al Mahra, which is owned by the Group, and it’s expected to be launched in other countries, as Al Mahra Resort in Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah met a huge success. This is why the Group aims that this Resort be a global touristic trademark, which is spread inside and outside the UAE”, Mousa noted.

He expected that the group will launch other projects soon, one of them in an Arab Gulf country, while another on in an African country. Mousa stated that these projects will not be announced before obtaining all the needed approvals.

“We look for the global markets, as the status of FAM Holding was converted from LLC into PSC. The company strives to open new markets besides the UAE one in Africa, East of Asia, and the Arabian Gulf”, Mousa concluded.

FAM Holding is one fastest growing real estate development companies in the UAE, and it focuses upon the development of qualitative properties against affordable prices to target the middle-income categories, with payment facilitations up to 6-10 years, a matter which enabled the company to attract a wide base of local and expatriate investors who wish to tap into the qualitative opportunities offered by the real estate sector.

The group seeks to upgrade its activities and operations in a manner which strengthens its role in supporting the march of economic development in the UAE, and increases the sources of its income. In the context of its long-term strategy, the group plans to expand in several markets in the region.

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to debut in Maldives with Rosewood Ranfaru



One of the most coveted island destinations on the planet, the Maldives is considered by many to be the ultimate luxury wanderlust experience. This picturesque archipelago boasts bright white sands, warm calm waters and a standard of hospitality that is second to none. Now, having achieved worldwide recognition as a preeminent tropical paradise, the Maldives is looking toward the future with an eye on longevity and sustainability, making the destination a natural fit for the unique approach to luxury lifestyle offered by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®. Rosewood Ranfaru, opening on the islands in 2027, is the latest development in the discerning brand’s thoughtful growth pipeline. The resort will reflect Rosewood’s guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy through a highly curated experience that emphasises privacy, luxury, and a connection to the natural habitat.

Stretched across a striking chain of private islands around a pristine lagoon in the South Male Atoll, Rosewood Ranfaru will be situated less than an hour away from Velana International Airport in Male. From touchdown to toes in the sand, guests will be able to make the journey to the resort via either a 35-minute yacht ride or a ten-minute seaplane hop. Both experiences will exude the same level of luxury that awaits on the property’s shores. Upon arrival to the resort, travellers will be met with endless opportunity to embark on truly restorative getaways, all surrounded by stunning views of the world’s most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Developed by Estithmar Holding, this project represents the next generation of Maldives tourism and elevates the overall luxury offerings available in this sublime corner of the globe.

“The Maldives has its own mystique and allure,” says Radha Arora, President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “Given its well-earned reputation as a haven for discerning travellers, we are excited to bring our unique brand of lifestyle and hospitality to this chain of islands. We are confident that through our commitment to immersive amenities, world-class design, and high-touch service, Rosewood will be able to offer the next iteration of Maldivian paradise.”

Rosewood Ranfaru will offer approximately 120 beachfront and overwater villas, ranging in size from one- to five-bedrooms, all with private pools and a select number located on private islands. In true Rosewood fashion, unsurpassed service and amenities will be central to the guest experience, including a Rosewood Explorer’s Club to spark discovery and inspire imagination among the youngest visitors. At the heart of the property will lie several specialty restaurants, a beach club, and an Asaya® well-being facility and fitness centre, together offering a holistic wellness escape. A true leisure oasis, Rosewood Ranfaru will also feature numerous swimming pools, both for adults and families; paddle courts, and an array of water sports that will allow guests to fully explore the peaceful and crystal-clear waters of the encircling lagoon.

“I am delighted to announce our latest investment in the Maldives, a destination that offers unparalleled beauty and a vibrant culture, making it one of the most attractive tourist spots in the world,” says Moutaz AlKhayyat, Chairman of Estithmar Holding. “We believe that the Maldives is an ideal location for investment and tourism, and it continues to attract visitors and investors from around the world with its friendly atmosphere and supportive government policies. Our new resort development aligns perfectly with our company’s vision and growth plans, and we are excited about the prospect of expanding our portfolio of luxury travel destinations.”

Rosewood Ranfaru’s world-class team of associates will leverage their rich understanding of the destination to create a highly curated menu of on- and off-property experiences designed to truly immerse guests into their surroundings. Their guiding mission will be to showcase the undiscovered sides of this island paradise.

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