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Tourism Ministry Leasing 18 Islands for Resort Development

Tourism Ministry Leasing 18 Islands for Resort Development
The Tourism Ministry is leasing 18 islands for resort development. The announcement was made at the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020.

The Ministry of Tourism is leasing 18 islands from ten atolls for resort development. The announcement was made during the Maldives’ Investment Forum at the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020. The ministry previously opened bidding for 23 islands in April. Despite receiving 12 proposals, the ministry leased only one island.

Islands to be leased:

  • Medhafushi, Haa Alifu Atoll (10.90 hectares)
  • Alidhuffarufinolhu, Haa Alifu Atoll (3 hectares)
  • Kudafarufasgandu, Haa Dhaalu Atoll (1.20 hectares)
  • Kudalhaimendhoo, Shaviyani Atoll (14.70 hectares)
  • Ethagilli lagoon and Alifushi lagoon, Raa Atoll (10 hectares and 20 hectares respectively)
  • Seedheehura and Seedheehura Sandbank, Meemu Atoll (4.28 hectares)
  • Maausfushi, Meemu Atoll (10.40 hectares)
  • Enbulufushi, Faafu Atoll (1.00 hectares)
  • Jinnathgau, Faafu Atoll (0.89 hectares)
  • Kaadoo, Thaa Atoll (3.9 hectares)
  • Olhufushi and Olhufushifinolhu, Thaa Atoll (3.54 hectares)
  • Kashidhoo, Laamu Atoll (3.1 hectares)
  • Bodumungnyafushi, Laamu Atoll (3 hectares)
  • Dhonbereha and Holhareha, Laamu Atoll (4.44 hectares)
  • Maareha, Gaafu Alifu Atoll (17 hectares)
  • Funadhooviligillaa, Gaafu Alifu Atoll (5 hectares)
  • Kandahalagalaa, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (7.4 hectares)
  • Ferettha Viligillaa, Dhekaanbaa, Koderataa, as well as an additional island in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (9.26 hectares)

Investors have the opportunity to reclaim land between islands in the same lagoon if they wish to do so. Furthermore, the government has decreased the import duty for materials needed to develop resorts.

Additionally, the tourism ministry noted that further information will be provided during virtual information sessions. They are to be held on 4th November 2021 and 20th January 2022.

The bid document will be available for purchase from 31st October 2021 to 24th February 2021. Investors are to submit their bids for the islands by the end of February 2022. Those prioritizing environmental matters, staff training and renewable energy will be awarded more points.

Feature image by Fushifaru Maldives

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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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