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Maldives Marine Expo 2021 Comes to a Close

Maldives Marine Expo 2021 Comes to a Close
The sixth edition of the Maldives Marine Expo was held from 13th to 15th December 2021 at Central Park, Hulhumale'.

The sixth edition of the Maldives Marine Expo was held from 13th to 15th December 2021 at Central Park, Hulhumale’. The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan.

The official exhibition of the National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM), the expo provides the marine industry with a platform to exhibit and promote its products and services. Moreover, the event enables foreign and local businesses to engage in one of the largest industries in the Maldives.

The marine element is an integral part of Maldivians’ daily routines. The Maldives Marine Expo serves not only as a show of businesses but is also a celebration of the marine industry, which is deeply rooted in the local lifestyle and culture. In addition to featuring marine industry products and services, there were a number of programmes and panel discussions.

The over 50 participants at this year’s Maldives Marine Expo comprised liveaboards and yachts, as well as fishing, watersports and logistics businesses. Furthermore, exhibitors included boatbuilders, financial and insurance firms, equipment and marine foods suppliers, relevant government administrations and private organizations.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih visited the expedition on 13th December, launching the ‘Life Jacket — Wear It’ awareness campaign. The nationwide campaign proposed by the NBAM aims to create awareness about the impact of one’s behaviour, particularly on the increased likelihood of injury or fatality if safety equipment is not on board a vessel or used improperly. The campaign is not only directed at liveaboards, but rather for the entire boating sector.

Also read: Live Aboard a Liveaboard in Maldives

Industry experts took to the stage to participate in panel discussions on marine-related topics. The topics discussed include the revival of the local boat building industry, retaining the Maldives as a top dive destination, and damage to the ocean from waste disposal. Panellists discussed issues faced in their respective fields and shared their insights on possible solutions.

Feature image by IM Maldives

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