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    10 November 2016, London; The Maldives participated at World Travel Market 2016, a three day event from 7-9 November 2016, whereby industry specialists came together to promote Maldives - the Sunny Side of Life. Mr. Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) led the delegation from Maldives.

    WTM London has always provided a unique platform to showcase Maldives as an ideal luxury tourist destination to visitors from the UK and the European market. The event was also the perfect opportunity to announce many milestones achieved by the Tourism industry of the Maldives. Some of these achievements include the official launch of the seaplane operations to Addu Atoll and “Official Accommodation Guide 2017”, the Maldives receiving Agents Choice Award for the best  “Destination for Beach” and the announcement of the completion of Gan International airport in the South of Maldives.

    Another momentous development to be highlighted at WTM London was the inauguration of Maldives TV by Ambassador Ahmed Shiaan. Maldives TV is the first International TV channel of the Maldives, which will have a specific focus on the leisure and travel industry of the Maldives, it will be providing up to date information on tourist resorts and accommodation across the country. Additionally Maldives TV will be broadcasting programmes on the history, culture and lifestyles to provide information to tourists seeking more than just the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Maldives.

    WTM London 2016 was regarded as a tremendous success for the Maldives tourism industry and was attended by a delegation of 200 resorts/travel agents, exhibitors, senior officials of MMPRC, Ambassador Shiaan and officials of the Embassy of Maldives in the UK. 

    7 November 2016, London; Mr. Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) will be leading the Maldives delegation today at World Travel Market in London from 7-9 November 2016.

    A leading global events forum for the travel industry - World Travel Market (WTM) is staged annually in London attracting over 50,000 professionals worldwide. These consist primarily of senior travel industry experts, government ministers and international press who attend to network and conduct business.

    An increasingly popular destination with approximately 100,000 Britons visiting the Maldives in 2015, over 200 Maldivians from across the tourism industry will be attending WTM London to promote tourism in the Maldives. Specifically they will be aiming to showcase exotic locations, the uniqueness and natural beauty of the Maldives and highlight investment opportunities in the sector.

    Acting Managing Director Mr Haris Mohamed is accompanied by, Deputy Director Ms Fathimath Raheel and Creative Director Mr Ahmed Shareef from MMPRC at WTM London. Ambassador Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Hassan Shifau and other Embassy officials were also present at WTM London. 

    7 October 2016, London; Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Hassan Shifau and Minister-Counsellor Ms. Geela Ali met with Mr. John Burton, Chairman of the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF).

    The Maldives has enjoyed over 30 years of relations with Mr John Burton, Chairman of the IPNLF, an international charity that aims to demonstrate the value of sustainable fishing worldwide. During the meeting, discussions focused on further enhancing collaborations with the Maldives High Commission, London in promoting Maldivian sustainable fishing through engagement at London based-events. Mr. John Burton has graciously agreed to also extend his support at the upcoming Commonwealth Countries League Fair 2016 – by providing fishery products for fundraising and promotional brochures and videos at the event.

    Deputy High Commissioner Mr Hassan Shifau attended the reception hosted by Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Mr Kitack Lim to commemorate World Maritime Day 2016, organised on 29 September 2016.

    Mr Shifau attended this occasion and reaffirmed the commitment of the Republic of Maldives to the progress and success of the IMO to the Secretary-General. The Maldives, since joining the IMO in 1967, has been working with the IMO in ensuring the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.

    Maldives wins ‘Best Island’ at the Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Travel Awards 2016

    Maldives wins three awards at the 2016 Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Travel Awards in London reaffirming its position as one the world’s preferred destinations.

    Maldives was selected as the winner of the “Best Island” category at the Condé Nast Traveller, Readers’ Travel Awards, seeing off stiff competition from the Greek Islands, the Balearic Islands and the Seychelles.

    The ceremony was held at the Ham Yard Hotel in central London on August 30, 2016. The prestigious award was accepted by the Maldives High Commissioner to the UK, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Shiaan. After accepting the award, Mr. Shiaan said, “We are honored that the readers of the Condé Nast have chosen the Maldives as their favorite Island Destination. As a small Island Nation with only 350,000 inhabitants, these awards prove that the Maldives continues to provide the world with the best beaches, best hotels and the clearest waters in the Indian Ocean. We feel extremely proud of this recognition.”

    The One & Only Hotel in Reethi Rah in the Maldives also won the “Best Hotel SPA and the Runner Up in the preferred overseas holiday hotel in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

    The Condé Nast Traveller is one of the UK’s leading luxury travel magazines and its Reader’s Travel Awards, which are voted for by Condé Nast Traveller readers who are some of the most widely respected in the travel industry. The UK travel market remains buoyant for the Maldives. So far nearly 60,000 British people travelled to Maldives in 2016 which represents an increase of 10% compared to the same period of last year.

    Upon hearing about the awards, the Maldives Minister for Tourism Hon. Moosa Zameer remarked: “The United Kingdom remains one of our most important markets and it is gratifying for the Maldives to receive such a prestigious prize in the UK. The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, with the full support of the Maldives High Commission in London, have done lots of work to promote Maldives in the UK, and this award is a fitting recognition of this hard work. We are elated to retain our position as one the world’s safest and preferred destination.”


    4 May 2016, London; The Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Hassan Shifau met with Lord Northbrook earlier this month.

    Mr. Hassan Shifau took the opportunity to express his gratitude for Lord Northbrook’s ongoing support for the Maldives, especially as Lord Northbrook has recently become a member of the All-Party British Maldives Parliamentary Group (APPG).

    During the meeting Mr. Hassan Shifau briefed Lord Northbrook about current political developments in the Republic of Maldives, which were greatly appreciated by Lord Northbrook. Discussions also touched upon progress in other Maldivian sectors, including but not limited to, the economy and the tourism industry.

    11 February 2016, London, UK; A ministerial delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, and comprising Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr Mohamed Shainee, and Attorney-General Uz Mohamed Anil and Chief Communications Officer at the President's office, Mr Ali Khalid, have today met with the Commonwealth Secretary General, H.E. Mr Kamalesh Sharma.

    During the meeting, held at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ministers briefed the Secretary-General on recent political developments including former President Nasheed’s medical leave in London.

    Discussions between the Ministers and Secretary-General also focused on the recent visit to the Maldives by a delegation of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG). This visit saw the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and Vice-Chair of CMAG, HE Mr Carl Greenidge; Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade for Kenya, HE Dr. Amina Mohamed; and Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India, HE Dr. S Jaishankar, travel to the Maldives earlier this month.

    The Ministers and Secretary General agreed that the recent visit of the CMAG delegation reaffirmed the value of close partnership and collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat and member states.

    The Ministers were joined by accompanied by recently appointed High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Ahmed Shiaan, and Deputy High Commissioner Mr Hassan Shifau. The Deputy Secretary General (Political), Dr Josephine Ojiambo and a number of other Commonwealth officials were also in attendance.



    In a month that marks the second anniversary of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's election to office, the High Commission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Kingdom has released a document highlighting the foreign policy achievements of the Maldives during his Presidency thus far.

    On the release of this summary document High Commissioner to the UK, H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan, remarked:

    "We've made remarkable achievements in our foreign policy over the past two years. Not only have we increased our bilateral and multilateral ties, and continued to provide quality consular services to Maldives, but also we continue to punch above our weight on climate change issues. Having been elected as Chair of AOSIS a year ago, we head into COP21 leading the voice of Small Island Developing States"

    Speaking at a press conference held on 17 November 2015, to mark the 2nd Anniversary of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s Government, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Ms Dunya Maumoon, noted that the Maldives has been able to weather the storms that it encounters by holding onto a robust foreign policy that rests on Islamic principles of tolerance and respect together with diplomacy and engagement. She stated that the strategic steps taken by the government when the country’s self-determination is threatened have ensured that the Maldives has and will continue to hold a strong position in the international community.

    Meanwhile in the UK, the High Commission has further strengthened ties with friends of the Maldives in UK Parliament and the London diplomatic corps, and continued to support the many Maldivians that come to visit and study in the UK. Indeed, the High Commission played an important role in marking the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of the Maldives, by organising a diplomatic reception, hosted by Minister Dunya, for  political and business leaders in September. Leading British peer, The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, attended as Guest of Honour.

    Additionally, the High Commission has continued to promote tourism and stoke interest in the Maldives amongst the British public, most notably through a boduberu music and dance performance on London's cultural hub, the Southbank, in August.

    The full overview of the foreign policy achievements of the Maldives and the High Commission, under President Yameen's presidency can be viewed here on the High Commission Website.

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