Thursday, March 6, 2014
The royal couple will spend a week in the islands, which are located in the Indian Ocean and have become something of a A-list destination spot. Katy Perry and Russell Brand honeymooned in the Maldives after their wedding in 2010, as did Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006. (Middleton and her husband, meanwhile, honeymooned in the Seychelles after their 2011 nuptials.)
Though their trip has not been confirmed by the palace, People cites local news reports as confirmation that the royal couple landed in the Indian Ocean republic on Thursday.
No one is sure whether Prince George, now 7 months old, made the trip, though he will definitely accompany his parents to Wellington, New Zealand, on April 7. They'll then tour six more cities in New Zealand and six in Australia.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Austrian Airlines will offer summer flights to the Maldives for the first time this year.
From July 2014, the airline will launch weekly flights between Vienna and Male, with services leaving the Austrian capital every Thursday and returning from the Maldives the following day. All flights will be operated using a twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Prior to 2014, Austrian had only flown to the Maldives during the winter.
The expansion of its Maldives operates follows Austrian’s return to Iran. From 11 March 2014, the airline will operate five weekly flights to the country’s capital Tehran.
It will also increase the frequency of its Vienna-Delhi route from five weekly flights to daily from 30 March 2014.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
The tiny island of Maldives will seek Saudi investments and partnerships in energy, tourism, transport and Islamic affairs, besides a soft loan facility of $300 million, during talks with Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, who arrives in the smallest Asian country on Monday.
Crown Prince Salman will hold official talks in Male.
“The crown prince’s trip to the Maldives comes in response to the invitation extended by Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom,” Maldivian Ambassador Adam Hassan told Arab News on Saturday. The crown prince, who flies to the Maldives after wrapping up his six-day visit to Japan, granted $10,000 to each Saudi scholarship student currently studying in Japan.
Crown Prince Salman reportedly gave students additional funds on Saturday to cope with the high cost of living in Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The crown prince will spend a few days on the island before traveling to India for an official visit from Feb. 26-28.
Ambassador Hassan said that the visit had added significance keeping in view the progressively growing relations between the Kingdom and Maldives. He said Maldives, a Muslim country in Asia lying in the Indian Ocean, had been a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). “Both nations share common approaches on a whole range of bilateral, regional and international issues,” said the envoy.
Maldives was also elected to the UN Human Rights Council together with Saudi Arabia in November of last year.
Discussions about credit facilities aimed at settling the island’s budgetary requirements began last year during the Maldivian presidential visit to Riyadh.
Source : http://www.arabnews.com/print/529971