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Thai developer kicks off ‘game-changing’ Maldives integrated resort project



Thailand-based developer Singha Estate inaugurated a project on Sunday to develop Emboodhoo Falhu lagoon as the first integrated resort in Maldives.

Singha Estate, the real estate development arm of well-known Asian brewery Boon Rawd Brewery, has secured a 50-year lease on Emboodhoo Falhu, which is one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, and has announced plans to develop the entire area into the largest integrated resort in the Indian Ocean.

Nine artificial islands are being developed on land reclaimed from the lagoon, which is located very close to capital Male and the main Velana International Airport.

At a special ceremony held Sunday afternoon on the reclaimed land, tourism minister Moosa Zameer laid the foundation stone of the project. He was joined by some of his cabinet colleagues as well as lawmakers and top officials from Singha Estate, including its chairman Chutinant Bhirombhakdi.

Tourism minister Moosa Zameer arrives for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Emboodhoo Falhu integrated resort project on Sunday. PHOTO/ TOURISM MINISRTY

Bhirombhakdi told attendees that the integrated resort would change the face of the Maldives’ tourism industry and give a significant boost to tourist arrivals. In addition to a collection of different resort and hotel brands to choose from, tourists would have access to a yacht marina, a beach club, lifestyle restaurants, and retail and duty free shops, he added.

“This is the first integrated resort being developed in the Maldives. This is a game-changing project that will elevate the Maldives’ position as one of the popular tourist destinations in the world,” Bhirombhakdi said.

Tourism minister Moosa Zameer (R) and Singha Estate Chairman Chutinant Bhirombhakdi (L) inaugurate the Emboodhoo Falhu integrated resort project on Sunday. PHOTO/ TOURISM MINISTRY

According to the Singha Estate chief, the project will have several socio-economic and environmental benefits as well. Some 5,000 new jobs will be created, while sustainability initiatives and efforts to conserve marine life and local culture will also be carried out, he said.

“Environmental sustainability is at the core of all of our projects,” Bhirombhakdi said.

Tourism minister Zameer echoed the socio-economic benefits of the project, saying that it would change the face of the Maldives’ tourism industry. The project is also a testament to the trust and confidence large-scale investors and global financial institutions have in the Maldives’ economy, he added.

“Under President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s visionary leadership, the Maldives has become an investor-friendly country,” Zameer said.

Officials from Singha Estate brief tourism minister Moosa Zameer on the Emboodhoo Falhu integrated resort project during the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday. PHOTO/ TOURISM MINISTRY

First phase of the USD 311.5 million project consists of three islands, and is expected to be operational by July 2018. Singha Estate has earlier announced a partnership with world-renowned Hard Rock Hotels to manage the first phase. A separate contract has been signed with Cafe Del Mar to setup one of its world-famous beach clubs in the integrated facility.

In addition to the Hard Rock resort, the integrated facility will have more than seven other hotel brands to choose from, totalling the number of guest rooms to 1,300. A yacht marina, shopping promenade, over 20 food and beverage destinations, a centre devoted to local culture and marine life, conference halls, and wedding facilities will also be developed.

Reclamation of Emboodhoo Falhu underway. PHOTO/ ALI NAAFIZ

Singapore-based developer Pontiac Land Group has kicked off a similar integrated tourism development project in the Maldives.

The project involves developing the Rah Falhu lagoon, accessible by a 45-minute boat ride from capital Male, as an integrated resort. The integrated facility will consist of three luxury resorts managed by international hotel brands, a yacht marina and a tourism academy.

Over the past three years, dozens of uninhabited islands have been leased to local and foreign resort developers. Several international brands have entered into the market, increasing the number of resorts to 120. That number is set to increase as the government has announced the opening of some 20 new resorts by the end of this year.


Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) holds its 34th Annual General Meeting



The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) held its 34th Annual General Meeting at Kurumba Maldives today, with a total of 100 members in attendance. 

The day’s events began with a welcome address from the Chairman of MATI, Mr. Mohamed Umar, who also presided over the session. The agenda included an address from the Secretary General, Mr. Ahmed Nazeer, the review and approval of the minutes of the 33rd AGM, the review and adoption of the Annual Report and Financial Reports for 2023, the approval of the 2024 budget, the appointment of auditors for 2024, the welcoming of new members and election of executive board members to the two vacant positions (by-election).

In the member discussion session, the following topics were covered: the Government’s aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2023 and renewable energy generation in the Tourism Industry, new terminal of Velana International Airport and developments, employment challenges, the Industrial Relations Act and trade unions, environmental conservation and the significance of creating and executing efficient management plans for protected areas like the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).

Following the official proceedings, the Minister of Tourism Hon. Ibrahim Faisal and the Minister of Economic Development and Trade Hon. Mohamed Saeed joined the forum. The Ministers provided remarks and engaged in a Member Q&A session. This session provided members with the chance to directly engage with the Ministers and delve into crucial industry topics. The queries focused on the Economic Outlook, forthcoming development plans and  immediate challenges and issues affecting the Tourism Industry.

A video presentation was also showcased that delved into the extensive work undertaken by MATI in 2023. The video also touched upon the Tourism Industry’s performance over the past 5 years, as well as the current and projected human resource capacity of the sector.

In his closing remarks, the Secretary General highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing industry challenges and called for greater unison amongst industry stakeholders, ending with an acknowledgement of the promising start to the year in terms of arrivals.

Executive Board Members elected to the 2 vacant positions (by-election):

  1. Ibrahim Shareef, CEO and Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited
  2. Renato De Olivera, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and representative of Marriott International
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Unlocking power of travel storytelling at Travel Creators Exchange 2024



Join us for the Travel Creators Exchange 2024, taking place on February 1, 2024, at the Hotel Jen in Male’, Maldives.

This dynamic event provides a platform for networking and collaboration among Maldives-based travel creators, fostering connections, idea-sharing, and the establishment of lasting partnerships to expand opportunities and monetise content.

Our lineup of distinguished speakers includes:

  • Zihuny Rasheed, Deputy Managing Director of MMPRC, will present on “Power of Digital Storytelling: Collaborative Strategies for Destination Promotion.” MMPRC actively markets the Maldives globally, utilising a comprehensive approach that includes travel trade shows, roadshows, digital marketing, and more.
  • Amjad Thaufeeg, Commercial Director of Kuda Villingili Maldives Resort, brings over 23 years of hospitality industry experience. He will discuss “The Role of Content in Tourism Marketing,” drawing on expertise in revenue, customer service, sales & marketing, and human capital development.
  • Suresh Dissanayake, Assistant Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Heritance Aarah & Adaaran Resorts, with nearly two decades of experience, will shed light on “What does a Sales and Marketing Director Do?” He brings extensive luxury hospitality experience and a proven track record in sales, distribution, and marketing.
  • Vishal Amir Ahmed, a versatile cinematographer and content creator, will explore “Who is a Content Creator.” Currently associated with Various Arts Studio, he specialises in providing multimedia solutions to various clients.

Organised by Maldives Insider, Maldives Virtual Tour, Travel Trade Maldives, and Hotelier Maldives, this collaborative effort aims to empower Maldives-based travel content creators and elevate the Maldives as a premier destination for captivating travel storytelling.

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Acclaimed contemporary artist Ana Pušica explores perpetuality and community at Patina Maldives



Ana Pušica Kramer, an internationally  acclaimed contemporary artist, joins Patina Maldives for an exclusive  art residency in the now infamous Fari Art Atelier. From January 22 to  February 22, 2024, Ana Pušica will grace the shores of the Fari Islands,  weaving a vibrant narrative of colour and emotion across her larger  than-life canvases. 

Her artistry transcends boundaries, melding abstraction and figuration into awe-inspiring masterpieces. Having exhibited globally, from New York to Beijing, Ana’s paintings are a physical, intuitive act rooted in movement.  Described as a “beautiful fluorescent thunderstorm,” Ana’s art explores light and colour, capturing the energy of life itself. 

The Fari Art Atelier which has previously hosted the likes of Daniel Arsham, Chris Stamp and David Nott, will be transformed into Ana’s studio and gallery showcasing her enthralling artworks—a mesmerising journey through poetry, memory, and the vibrant interplay of colour. Guests at Patina are invited to delve into Ana’s world, where each stroke reveals layers of meaning, evoking sensations of intense lightness and boundless interpretation. 

At Patina Maldives, Ana will immerse herself in a month-long residency, inviting the Patina Malidves community or guests and team to witness her artistic fervour firsthand. Guests will have the rare opportunity not only to observe her creative process but also to engage with and create art alongside this luminary.

Experience artistry at its most exclusive

Art Exhibition
Experience Ana’s captivating exploration of colour and emotion in her spellbinding artworks displayed at the Fari Atelier.

Art Workshops: Message in a Bottle
As part of a collaborative artwork, Ana invites Patina guests to participate in short workshops, actively contributing to the creation of a permanent installation at Patina Maldives.

Open Studio Session
Join Ana for an exclusive open studio session, offering guests a behind the-scenes look at her creative process.

Ana Pušica residency package
Discover a world where creativity knows no bounds as Ana Pušica, the maestro of contemporary art, transforms Patina Maldives into an immersive canvas of inspiration.

Book now to secure your experience.
For more information and reservations, please visit Patina Maldives or contact

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