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Arabia Travel & Tourism Services: Experts in Maldives honeymoon, luxury holidays



A leading luxury travel brand and holiday company specialising in luxury resorts in the Maldives, Arabia Travel and Tourism Services represents a collection of  luxury resorts selected based on experience. These resorts are personally selected and carefully reviewed.

Having been in the luxury holiday industry for many years, Arabia Travel and Tourism Services works alongside nothing short of the finest resorts in the Maldives. Be it honeymoon packages, luxury holiday retreats, or family vacations, the company’s policies are designed to value clients’ personal preferences first and foremost. With Arabia Travel and Tourism Services, you truly have the freedom to experience travel like never before; it’s not just a holiday with us, it’s the ultimate travel experience wrapped up in a customised travel itinerary.

Nora El Khalifi, Founder and Managing Partner of Arabia Travel & Tourism services, said: “The roadshows provide us with perfect opportunity to introduce our product to local agents and also interact with them, as part of an ongoing effort to increase the number of tourists visiting the island.”

“I invite you to be a part of our venture, to experience luxury and serenity perfected by the touch of our team. We have cherry picked our partnering resorts to provide you with the most vivid travel palette that Maldives has to offer. We thank you for trusting in our team and giving us the opportunity to be a part of your stay in the beautiful Maldive islands.”

The campaign focuses on promoting Maldives as an exclusive travel destination. As per statistics, the GCC market remains as one of the top emerging markets for Maldives.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman remain integral target markets for Maldives tourism development. The upcoming roadshow is one of many major activities Maldivian tourism conducts to ensure that key international travel agents maintain a close awareness and link with Maldives’ resort partners in order to mutually expand the business opportunities between both, while offering their clients quality.

The Middle East region, especially UAE and Saudi Arabia hold much potential. In 2016, a total of 51,330 tourists from the region visited the Maldives. This was a growth of 22.3 percent compared to arrivals in 2015. By February 2017, a total of 7,350 tourists from the region spent their holiday in Maldives which is a growth of 3.9 percent as compared to the same period of 2016.

Middle East is already the most well connected region for travel to the Maldives. Daily flights from the major regional carriers direct to the destination. With the efforts in ATM, it is touted that the Middle East market is expected to perform well in terms of tourism movement to Maldives in 2018.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) 2020 Vision study forecasts that there will be over 35 million outbound tourists from the Middle East by 2020. This represents an annual growth rate of six percent, higher than the world average of four percent. Middle Eastern nationals usually take one long haul holiday each summer to escape the heat in the Middle East. Qatari’s spend the most on travel with an average expenditure of USD4,100 per day.

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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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