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Centara Maldives launches next generation leadership program

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Maldives Promotion House – Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has launched a program to groom Maldivian Managers. Under the program Centara will offer scholarships to staff members to study at leading universities around the world. During the program scholars will get full pay and benefits as per a working team member.

According to Centara’s Director of Human Resources, Mohamed Solih Didi their aim is to train next generation of Manager’s to lead the resorts. “Today we are starting a completely new program. We want to open new opportunities for Maldivians working in our resorts. Our aim is to develop next generation of managers to lead our resorts” said Didi. “This is just a beginning and we will continue this from year to year” he added.

For this year’s program Assistant Manager of Food and Beverage Department, Ahmed Husnee is selected. He was selected from three other candidates applied for the scholarship.

Husnee thanked the management for the opportunity. “I joined Centara due to number of career development opportunities available here. Three years back I joined this resort as a waiter and today I’m lucky to get this opportunity to enhance my career. After completing this program I hope to be a manager or can even be the general manager in the future” Husnee said.

As per the program scholars will complete six months of studies at a University in Thailand and six months at a university in Switzerland.

In addition to this program Centara Maldives runs an apprenticeship program by Centara Institute of Management Studies. Apprenticeship program is conducted according to the syllabus of Maldives National University’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies.

“We are trying to create more career development opportunities for our team members. We are opening new resorts in Maldives and our programs will also get enhanced at the same time” said Voyteck Klasicki, Centara Hotels and Resorts Area General Manager in Maldives.

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Utheemu Ganduvaru: Portal to Maldives’ national freedom

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The Maldives, often celebrated for its sun-kissed beaches and turquoise waters, also offers a rich tapestry of history and culture waiting to be explored. Among the islands of Haa Alif Atoll lies Utheemu Island, home to Utheemu Ganduvaru, a historical treasure that invites travellers to delve into the storied past of the archipelago.

Utheemu Ganduvaru, the ancestral home of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, stands as a poignant reminder of the Maldives’ fight for independence. Thakurufaanu, revered as a national hero, led a successful campaign against Portuguese occupation in the 16th century. His childhood home, Utheemu Ganduvaru, offers a rare glimpse into the life and times of this legendary figure.

In 1558, the Portuguese invaded the Maldives, killing the Sultan in battle and establishing their rule. Muhammad Thakurufaanu and his brothers, Ali and Hassan, left for Minicoy to prepare a campaign to liberate their country. The boat they built, Kalhuohfummi, was crucial to their efforts. Thakurufaanu and his brothers fought the Portuguese for eight years, landing on different islands under cover of night to evade capture, and departing before daybreak. Eventually, they landed in Malé and defeated the Portuguese leadership in the capital. Freed from Portuguese rule, the people chose Muhammad Thakurufaanu as their Sultan.

Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu ruled the Maldives for 12 years until his death in 1585. He is remembered as a considerate and just ruler, concerned for the well-being of even the poorest citizens. He is also credited with establishing the country’s first formal military unit.

Back at Utheemu Island, visitors are immediately struck by the island’s tranquil beauty and its lush, green landscape. The journey to Utheemu Ganduvaru is a step back in time, where the echoes of history are palpable. The residence itself, a traditional wooden palace, is meticulously preserved, showcasing the architectural ingenuity and cultural richness of the period.

As you enter Utheemu Ganduvaru, the simplicity and elegance of the structure are apparent. Built from timber, the palace is a fine example of traditional Maldivian craftsmanship. The intricate woodwork, with its detailed carvings and polished surfaces, speaks volumes about the artisanship that flourished during Thakurufaanu’s time.

The main hall, with its open layout and cool, shaded interiors, offers a sense of serenity and reflection. It was within these walls that Thakurufaanu spent his formative years, and each room tells a story of his early life and the influences that shaped his destiny. The residence includes living quarters and storage spaces, all arranged in a manner that reflects the daily life of a prominent Maldivian family in the 16th century.

One of the most compelling aspects of Utheemu Ganduvaru is its connection to the larger narrative of Maldivian resistance against foreign rule. Guides at the site often recount tales of Thakurufaanu’s daring exploits and strategic brilliance. His knowledge of the archipelago’s intricate waterways and his leadership in naval battles are celebrated as key factors in the successful expulsion of the Portuguese in 1573.

Beyond its historical significance, Utheemu Ganduvaru offers visitors a deeper understanding of Maldivian culture and heritage. The site is a testament to the resilience and unity of the Maldivian people, embodying values that continue to inspire. For travellers, a visit to Utheemu Ganduvaru is an opportunity to connect with the soul of the Maldives, experiencing the essence of its history and the spirit of its people.

While on Utheemu Island, visitors can explore other points of interest, such as the island’s beaches and vibrant local community. Engaging with the locals offers additional insights into Maldivian traditions and hospitality, enriching the overall experience.

For those seeking a journey through time, Utheemu Ganduvaru in Haa Alif Atoll is a destination that should not be missed. It is a place where the past comes alive, where the legacy of a hero continues to resonate, and where the true essence of the Maldives can be discovered. As you walk through the halls of Utheemu Ganduvaru, you are not just a visitor; you are a part of a historical journey that defines the Maldivian identity.

So, when planning your next visit to the Maldives, venture beyond the beaches and dive into the rich history of these islands. Let Utheemu Ganduvaru be the highlight of your cultural exploration, offering a meaningful and memorable connection to the heart of Maldivian heritage.

Cover photo: Andreas Faessler

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Coca-Cola announces first lucky winners in UEFA EURO 2024 promotion

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The excitement continues as Coca-Cola Maldives reveals the latest winners of its UEFA EURO 2024 promotional campaign, offering football enthusiasts the chance to experience the Finals live in Berlin, Germany. Since 1988, Coca-Cola has partnered with every UEFA European Football Championship, providing fans with unforgettable experiences.

The lucky draw was conducted live on ICE TV, with the prizes presented by Amit Saini from Coca-Cola Maldives. These winners will enjoy the ultimate football experience, witnessing the UEFA EURO 2024 Final Match in Berlin with Coca-Cola’s renowned hospitality.

  • Couple Ticket Winner #1: Moosa Jamil collecting on behalf of Aminath Shaheema
  • Couple Ticket Winner #2: Ahmed Naseem

In addition to the couple ticket winners, Coca-Cola Maldives also handed out four smartphones to the first four winners, further adding to the excitement and celebration of the campaign.

Launched on May 1, 2024, this campaign celebrates Coca-Cola’s official partnership with UEFA EURO 2024. Featuring football-themed packaging, customers can participate by finding the six-digit code under the Cap (for PET bottles) or Tab (for cans) and sending it to 2626. The more codes sent, the higher the chances of winning.

Six couples will win a trip to the UEFA EURO 2024 final match, while others can win smartphones every other day and branded Premia daily. The campaign runs from May 1st to June 15th, 2024, with live draws on ICE TV which started from May 11, 2024.

Fans are encouraged to stay engaged and participate in the ongoing promotions for a chance to witness European football’s pinnacle event live.

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Amilla Maldives teams up with NGO to protect turtles

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In celebration of World Turtle Day on May 23rd, 2024, Amilla Maldives, a haven nestled within the breathtaking Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, announced a new and exciting partnership with the Atoll Marine Centre (AMC), a local NGO dedicated to marine conservation. This collaboration allows guests to actively participate in protecting these magnificent creatures and their vital habitats.

Founded in Lhaviyani Atoll in 2012, the Atoll Marine Centre (AMC) has become a vital force for sea turtle conservation in the Maldives. Their mission extends far beyond rehabilitation of hatchlings once kept as ill-advised pets. AMC actively rescues and rehabilitates adult turtles entangled in fishing gear or stranded on beaches. Their dedication extends to restoring coral reefs, raising awareness within the local community, and educating future generations through engaging school programs. This partnership with Amilla Maldives marks AMC’s first venture outside their home atoll, signifying the growing importance of collaborative conservation efforts across the islands.

As a proud member of The Conscious Travel Foundation and an EarthCheck silver-certified resort, Amilla Maldives goes beyond offering luxurious accommodations. The resort prioritises sustainable practices and actively engages guests in environmental initiatives. To celebrate World Turtle Day, Amilla curated a series of unforgettable experiences that allowed guests to learn about and contribute to sea turtle conservation:

  • Turtle Discovery Excursion: Witnessing the magic of turtles in their natural habitat through a guided snorkelling adventure.
  • “Turtle Tales”: Educational talks by marine biologists, demystifying the lives of sea turtles and the threats they face.
  • “Adopt-a-Turtle” Programme: An opportunity for guests to directly support AMC’s vital conservation efforts by symbolically adopting a turtle patient recovering at the centre

Amilla Maldives’ dedication to environmental responsibility extends far beyond World Turtle Day. The resort has implemented a series of ongoing initiatives that demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future:

  • Harnessing the Power of the Sun: A significant investment in solar panel installation has drastically reduced the resort’s reliance on diesel fuel, minimising its carbon footprint.
  • Sustainable Amenities: Amilla Maldives has partnered with socially conscious brands to provide guests with refillable, eco-friendly toiletries packaged in PCR materials.
  • Combating Plastic Waste: The resort has replaced single-use plastic water bottles with reusable Rolla Bottles for all guests. Partnering with Rolla Bottle ensures that a portion of the proceeds goes towards funding ocean plastic pollution clean-up solutions.
  • Supporting Sustainable Fishing Practices: Amilla Maldives actively participates in the Blue Marine Foundation’s “Maldives Resilient Reefs” initiative. This program financially rewards local fishermen for adopting sustainable fishing practices that protect fragile coral reef ecosystems.

By choosing Amilla Maldives, travellers can indulge in luxurious comfort while contributing to vital marine conservation efforts. The resort offers a unique opportunity to combine an unforgettable vacation with the chance to make a positive impact on the environment. Let Amilla Maldives show you how luxury and sustainability can coexist beautifully.

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