Friday, March 7, 2014

Prince William, Kate Middleton's Vacation in Maldives Costs $10,000 for Four Nights

Five-star couple's retreat! Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently enjoying their weeklong vacation in the Maldives, which started Thursday, Mar. 6, and it's quite the luxurious getaway!

A source tells Us Weekly the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are staying at the brand-new, five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort, which opened just last November, on the southern Noonu Atoll. The resort is part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy luxury conglomerate, and every one of its 45 villas includes gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean and access to private white sandy beaches.
Will and Kate are kicking back in a large two-bedroom island villa, which includes a 41-foot infinity pool and sun deck. According to one insider, a four-night stay at the Cheval Blanc costs $10,000, and a five-course dinner at the resort's luxury Le 1947 restaurant costs about $500 per person -- without drinks. (Kensington Palace refused to comment on the couple's private time.)

Kate Middleton and Prince William on Sept. 16, 2012 in Honiara

While his parents are enjoying their romantic vacation, baby Prince George is staying with his matronal grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton. The 7-month-old tot will join the Duke and Duchess when the royals embark on a public three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand on April 7. In total, they are expected to visit seven major cities in New Zealand and six cities in Australia.

"For the couple, this visit represents a wonderful opportunity on the one hand for The Duke to deepen his personal relationship with, and admiration for, New Zealand and Australia," Miguel Head, private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge, said in a press conference on Mar. 2. "And on the other, for the Duchess to experience some of the extraordinary warmth and hospitality for which the people of both countries are renowned the world over."
Baby Prince George has already has experienced one overseas vacation with his mom. In January, the baby heir to the British throne visited the West Indies island of Mustique for his grandmother Carole's 59th birthday.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Longline training for young fishermen

A training programme has been launched in the Maldives to teach longline fishing to young fishermen.
The initiative has been launched by the Maldivian Fisheries Ministry, in collaboration with the Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO), reports local media.

Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee said that, with the new programme, Maldivian fishermen would go further out to sea, reducing the share of longline fishing for foreigners, increasing the Maldives’ productivity and creating more jobs for young people.

Fishermen in the Maldives primarily fish by using the pole and line method, and Dr Shainee says that by introducing longlining it would lessen dependency on one fishing method. And Maldivian fishermen would also be able to catch lucrative bigeye tuna.

MIFCO Deputy Manager Ahmed Didi told reporters that the company’s target was to ensure that the youth who complete the training programme would have the capability to work in large yellowfin tuna fishing vessels “anywhere in the world”.

Dr Shainee also said that longlining is the most environmentally-friendly fishing method after pole and line, but additional measures will be taken to reduce the impact on the environment, including hooks that prevent the bycatch of sharks and turtles.

Ten fishermen from Haa Alif Hoarafushi were chosen for the first stage of the training programme, to be conducted by MIFCO.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton Vacation in the Maldives Before Australian Tour

Happy holiday! In a month, Prince William and Kate Middleton will embark on a very public tour of Australia and New Zealand with their baby boy, Prince George -- but at the moment, they're enjoying a much more low-profile trip. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have escaped to the Maldives for a little vacation, a source tells Us Weekly.

Kate Middleton and Prince William on July 26, 2012 in London

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.)


Kate Middleton, Prince William visit the Maldives on romantic getaway

LONDON, March 6 (UPI) -- Ahead next month's whirlwind tour of Australia and New Zealand, Prince William and his wife, Kate, have reportedly touched down in the Maldives for a week-long vacation.
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.


Love blossoms in the Maldives

I gingerly take the hand of the cabin crew member helping me down the steps of the twin-engine sea plane to a small pontoon surrounded by calm turquoise water. The glistening white sands and lush vegetation of a small island are finally within my reach.

After a 20-minute scenic flight, my husband and I have arrived at our romantic hideaway.

About 93km from Male, Maafushivaru ("maaf" means flower and "fushi" island) is on the southern tip of an ancient underwater volcano called the North Ari Atoll. It's a giant lagoon that's fringed by reefs and dotted with other remote resorts with similar palm leaf roofs, water villas and ancient Indian banyan trees planted among the coconut palms for shade.

A dhoni wooden boat gently glides into view and an outstretched hand welcomes me on board for the briefest of crossings to a wooden walkway. Perched above the reef, it's the gateway to our romantic island escape.

I'd chosen a water villa over a beach bungalow as I loved the idea of staying in a bedroom on stilts and stepping down to swim straight into the sea, with the added privacy of a sunbathing terrace not overlooked by other guests passing by.

However, the debate during our welcome cocktail is whether to opt for a "sunrise" or "sunset" villa. With the throw of a dice, we choose the latter and awake to uninterrupted views across the Indian Ocean.

Settling into this unique "one-island, one-resort" concept (there's no island-hopping in the Maldives) we feel like we've joined an elite club where everyone's friendly, the staff greet you with genuine smiles and where you can simply relax or enjoy some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the south of the Ari Atoll.

Maafushivaru is an all-inclusive resort with a la carte dining options, 48 villas and a "No shoes. No news" tag-line. Activities can include a Sunset Cruise to see dolphins, or snorkelling excursions where you can come face to face with turtles, whale sharks and manta rays.

What marks Maafushivaru out from other resorts is its smaller neighbouring uninhabited island of Lonubo.

Guests can take advantage of a complimentary trip to the idyllic getaway, where they can spend a couple of hours swimming and sunbathing with a picnic (at extra cost). But my husband and I decide to splash out the extra $US1000 ($A1116.32) for a Robinson Crusoe-chic overnight stay.

Our adventure begins late afternoon when the dhoni boat drops us off on Lonubo and we stroll barefoot in the sand to our wooden bungalow. We arrive to find an exterior bathroom with a rain-shower, big screen TV, pink frangipani scattered on crisp white bed linen and a bottle of sparkling wine on ice.

It doesn't take long for us to head to the dead calm sea, which is 30 degrees. Waist deep with glasses in hand, we steal a kiss (even though no one is looking) and burrow our toes into the sand.

As darkness falls we lounge on the beach bed, play on the oversized sofa-swing and watch clusters of crabs building their evening home in the sand.

The dhoni boat returns and a couple of members of staff busy themselves with setting up the barbecue for a menu of grilled fish and lobster, which is served by candlelight.

Six metres from our table, another light show captures our attention. Bioluminescent plankton are performing in the sea under a blanket of darkness.

Later, alone on the island, we enjoy a peaceful night's sleep and awake to the sound of blackbirds frolicking in the palm trees.

Back at Maafushivaru, we continue the romance with a relaxing 60-minute couples massage in the newly refurbished spa. Set over the water, it offers a menu of body rituals from Indonesia, Thailand and India, and Yon-Ka face and body treatments from France.

The plunge pool overlooks the sea with gentle waves lapping beneath the day beds which are shielded from the sun by billowing sails.

That evening, after dinner, we sink into giant beanbags and watch clips from David Attenborough's marine life series, projected onto a large screen. What we'd seen snorkelling by day was being played out at night.

Seduced by the flora and fauna of the Maldives, we toast our good fortune at having been cast away at Maafushivaru. On the way back to our room, I notice a beautiful big white flower with petals splayed wide open.

During the day, I'm told, it rests, unfurling only as darkness falls.

I later discover its name is Queen of the Night, which aptly describes how I felt during my stay on Maafushivaru.


Australians usually travel to the Maldives via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, flying either Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines to Male. A 25-minute sea plane flight takes guests from Male to the Maafushivaru resort.

For details of villas, packages and facilities, go to


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

46 global companies interested in resort ventures in the Maldives

Forty-six companies have submitted applications to begin developing resorts in the Maldives in partnership with the Maldives government, the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday.

The deadline for submitting expressions of interest for resort development with the Maldivian government ran out on Monday.

Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb had told local media the government was upbeat regarding the high number of global companies that had expressed interest in beginning resorts in the Maldives. The proposals will begin evaluation presently.

"Forty-six parties have submitted expressions of interest to develop resorts. We will decide how the government will venture on with these private parties after having evaluated their proposals, " he said.

The minister said that if the government does make a resort in a joint venture with a private party, then they would consider doing it with the most financially capable party. Also, he said that the government will evaluate the party's experience in tourism.

"The most important factor considered will be financial capability, because the purpose of this venture is to develop many resorts," he said.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has vowed to open 10 resorts in a year, pledging 50 new resorts in his five-year term.

Sixty islands have been granted for resort development at various time periods to different parties, which still remain incomplete. Two or three resorts are opened on average in a year.

Maldives tourism topped 1 million arrivals in 2013 with China continuing to lead the way. However it was not reported whether any of the 46 proposals are from Chinese companies.


New Family Water Villas open at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

MALDIVES - Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is opening new two-bedroom Family Water Villas this month. “Our philosophy is to offer our guests the ultimate in resort accommodation on two islands and we’re constantly updating to ensure we remain an innovator in luxury hospitality,” said Peter Nilsson, general manager, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

“We’ve noted an increase in demand for two-bedroom over-water villas and have introduced these family water villas as a response to this need.  Parents have the peace of mind that comes with having their children staying in the same villa, while the children will enjoy the privacy of their own separate bedroom.”

Built in traditional Maldivian thatched-roof style, the 150-square metre villas are clustered around the Spa Retreat, one of two spas at the resort.  Their spacious design blends contemporary Maldivian style in a natural harmony of wooden interiors and a breezy indoor-outdoor feel where the Indian Ocean is always in view. Luxury touches include a split-level sundeck with Jacuzzi, sun beds and dining area, as well as an indoor dining-and-lounge area next to the master bedroom and plenty of daybeds dotted around the villa.  The bathroom’s clever design ensures that the windows can be fully opened to create an ‘outdoor bathing experience’.  Steps from the private sundeck make it easy to snorkel to the nearby coral reef.

The two bedroom Family Water Villas are priced from $2,000 per night based on two adults and two children sharing.
Younger travellers are welcomed at Conrad Maldives, with an active Kids’ club and a host of activities and excursions to do every day.


Maldives govt tells 19 companies to submit detailed proposal for mega bridge project

The Maldives government is seeking detailed reports from 19 companies, including two from China, to be submitted by June before allocating the project of constructing a bridge between the airport and capital Male, reports said Wednesday.

The deadline for the detailed reports has been given as June 9, 2014, reported local media.

Earlier, Minister of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed said 19 companies had expressed interest for the contractor-finance project to build a bridge linking capital Male and the airport island of Hulhule.

Speaking during a press conference, the Economic Minister said the 19 "international standard" companies include two companies from China, two companies from India, in addition to companies from the US, UK, Turkey, Australia, France and some local companies.

The minister did not provide details.

Asked when the project will be awarded, the economic minister said it will take "about six months or so"to evaluate the proposals, award the project and begin construction. He said the government hopes to start construction latest by the end of this year.

Saeed said although design for the bridge is yet to be finalized, the government will ensure that it will be durable and built with modern architecture and technology. Details of the project will be provided at a later date.

Government is seeking a party to design, construct, manage and maintain the bridge.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

British tourist drowns while snorkelling in the Maldives

A British tourist has drowned while snorkelling in the Maldives.

The accident occurred near the Biyadhoo Resort, according to Shanghai Daily.

Police said the 65-year-old man had been reported missing on Monday evening, and was found around an hour later.


CNTV reports that his death was confirmed by the Kaafu Maafushi Health Centre.

The Biyadhoo Island Resort & Spa has has a four-star rating on Tripadvisor and is described on its website as a "simple" resort that is a "haven for divers" boasting one of the Maldives' finest house reefs.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Austrian to launch summer Maldives flights

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

Maldives to boost trade ties with KSA

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.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Aquiva Foundation and STELCO Team to Provide Drinking Water from Waste Heat in the Maldives

The small Maldivian Island of Guhli welcomes the world’s first desalination unit utilizing the waste heat of the local power generator to produce up to 10 tons of drinking water per day through membrane distillation.

Today the tap was turned on for a new way of making the energy water nexus work on the small coral Island of Guhli, which measures approximately 600 by 300 meters. It is home to about 1200 inhabitants, a shipyard and a growing number of guesthouses. There are no natural sweet water sources other than seasonal rain, and therefore, Guhli was reliant on water imports. The water produced through this new technology will be used to reliably provide water for drinking, cooking and hygienic purposes.

As a result of a joint venture between the Aquiva Foundation and STELCO, the Maldives has inaugurated the world’s first desalination unit utilizing the waste heat of the local power generator to produce up to 10 tons of drinking water per day through membrane distillation. The technology is being provided by memsys.

The project was developed by the local power company STELCO in a joint venture with Aquiva Foundation, which won a tender in 2013 asking to desalinate water utilizing the waste heat available on all Maldivian Islands.

The desalination plant taps into the cooling cycle of local diesel generators to retrieve the thermal heat that is otherwise wasted into the air. This waste heat of about 85 degrees C drives a desalination process under vacuum using the membrane distillation modules of the German/Singaporean company memsys. This robust process follows, in essence, the natural water cycle and results in distillate water of the highest purity. This distillate is then mineralized using local coral sand for a good Maldivian taste. It is distributed under the brand “AQUIVA fushi” – fushi standing for the pure island taste created by coral sand in the mineralization process.

The water is only available in reusable containers in order to prevent the pollution of the pristine Maldivian nature through the plastic waste of one-way bottles.

“This project shows our efforts to provide environmentally sustainable solutions which improve the conditions for our people using break through technologies,” said the Maldivian Energy Minister Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim.

Florian Bollen, CEO of the Aquiva Foundation, noted that, “We say thank you for the joint effort of all parties involved in this project: The Maldivian Authorities, the Guhli Island Council, STELCO providing waste heat and land, our local integrator Static, and our technology suppliers Aquaver and memsys. We believe that this is a good example of how water problems can be solved sustainably on a local level, even in situations where no sweet water is available. We are already working to apply this concept to many of the 200 inhabited islands of the Maldives, a number of Resort Islands plus other nations.”

The UN water expert Jehaan Saleem stated that, “A good supply of safe drinking water has to be on top of the agenda of many small island nations since water-borne diseases are still one of the largest threats to the health of the people on earth.”

Water-related diseases are common in the Maldives. Apart from its geographic isolation, factors that contribute to the disease burden include shortage of clean water, general lack of awareness among the public regarding the links between environment, clean water and personal health, water treatment and water sources. Therefore improving access to safe water by developing sustainable systems that can be maintained by the island communities such as the “AQUIVA fushi” is crucial to improve health and well-being, particularly among the population in the atolls.

Edgar Konijnendijk, responsible for the drinking water program at Aquaver, said, “It’s a privilege to be part of such an exciting and challenging project. Working with the local population makes you realize the urgency for clean fresh water today and their will to develop the islands further. Providing remote communities with clean drinking water requires a simple and robust system – low in maintenance and easy to use. This is exactly what we have achieved with our plants. Their unique ability to utilize waste heat makes them suitable for other remote communities all around the world.”

Wolfgang Heinzl, the developer of the memsys technology, commented, “Today, the memsys process is applied in many industries for waste water treatment, ethanol separation and cooling processes. In light of the growing water problems in this world, sustainable desalination was one of the most important issues on our minds when developing the memsys process. We are committed to supporting efforts to make this a reality.”


Friday, February 14, 2014

World's best honeymoon spot is Maldives

(CNN) -- For some it's Paris, for others Rome.

For others it gets no more exotic than the local Indian restaurant.

But where would you like to spend your honeymoon?

Or where did you spend it?

If there were a pictographic encyclopedia of the world, this is what you'd see under the "dream honeymoon" entry -- a villa in the middle of Maldives' crystal clear water. Things could get even more spectacular, if this <a href=''>underwater, space-age hotel</a> ever gets built.
If there were a pictographic encyclopedia of the world, this is what you'd see under the "dream honeymoon" entry -- a villa in the middle of Maldives' crystal clear water. Things could get even more spectacular, if this underwater, space-age hotel ever gets built.

A recent survey from booking site revealed that 20% of 15,000 customers from around the world picked the Maldives as their "dream honeymoon location."

The survey was limited to 20 pre-selected locations, mixing cities, countries and other locales, and interviewees couldn't add their own.

We want to widen the choice to anywhere in the world and ask: where would you go for a once-in-a-lifetime, post-wedding holiday with your partner?

Top honeymoon destinations according to

Maldives -- 20.3%
Greek Islands -- 7.8%
Paris -- 7.6%
Bali -- 7.1%
Hawaii -- 6.6%
Italy -- 6.5%
Caribbean Islands -- 5.7%
Tahiti -- 5.6%
New Zealand -- 5.2%
Istanbul -- 3.8%
Phuket -- 3.5%
Australia -- 3.4%
Prague -- 2.8%
Las Vegas -- 2.7%
New York -- 2.5%
Spain -- 2.5%
Cancun -- 2.4%
Rio de Janeiro -- 2.2%
Croatia -- 1.0%
Montreal -- 0.9%


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Space-age underwater hotel planned for Maldives

(CNN) -- With its luminous body seemingly hovering above the water, and five spidery legs plunging deep into the sea, this futuristic building could be the mothership in a sci-fi film.

In fact, it's the design for one of the world's largest underwater hotels -- and it could be coming to a beach near you.
Introducing the Water Discus Hotel, a luxury multi-million dollar resort featuring 21 moveable rooms found in the heart of spectacular coral reefs.

Maldives to Dubai
The space-age hotel is now set to be built on the remote -- and postcard perfect -- tropical island of Kuredhivaru in the Maldive Islands, with the National Ministry of Tourism giving the go-ahead to the ambitious plan last week.

The United Arab Emirates may soon be the next home of the high-tech hotel, with a Dubai construction company also in negotiations to build the surreal structure.

It might look like a spaceship, but this remarkable design is in fact a luxury underwater hotel.
It might look like a spaceship, but this remarkable design is in fact a luxury underwater hotel.

"There are many people who will never have the courage to dive to these beautiful reefs," designer, Pawel Podwojewski, told CNN.

The Water Discus Hotel, to be built in the Maldives
"But here you will have the chance to explore an underwater world from the comfort of your bedroom."

Space-age seascape

Described as "Star Trek meets the undersea world of Jacques Cousteau," the remarkable building -- valued at up to $50 million -- is the brainchild of Polish company Deep Ocean Technology, backed by Swiss investors.

Wake up to different ocean views in the underwater hotel

The luminous hotel features two large disc-shaped lounges seven-meters above the water, housing a luxury restaurant and spa.

The lounges are connected to a glass tunnel plunging 30-meters below the water, leading to 21 opulent bedrooms.

"A lot of people have said it looks like something from a James Bond film," said Podwojewski. "I'm a big fan of the movies, so perhaps that was an inspiration."

"I wanted to keep it as sleek and simple as possible -- so the sphere shape is very efficient."

Deep end

The cutting-edge hotel may plunge deep beneath the ocean, but its luxury facilities are sky-high, including a helicopter landing pad and rooftop swimming pool.

The sleek design, which can cost up to $50 million, is now set to be built on the remote tropical island of Kuredhivaru in the Maldives.
The sleek design, which can cost up to $50 million, is now set to be built on the remote tropical island of Kuredhivaru in the Maldives.

Guests can sit back and enjoy views of vibrant reefs and tropical fish, all from the comfort of their bed.

Those wanting to explore the spectacular underwater world, can also dive straight in from the hotel's airlock compartment, including its own decompression chamber.

The more adventurous can even take a ride in a three-passenger deep-sea submarine.

Moving on up

Not only does the hotel look like a spaceship -- it actually moves like one, with the largest underwater saucer-shaped room able to slide to the surface in emergencies.

Guests can enjoy views of vibrant coral reefs and sea creatures, all from the comfort of their bedroom.
Guests can enjoy views of vibrant coral reefs and sea creatures, all from the comfort of their bedroom.

"If you need to replace a window for example, it's very difficult underwater," explained Podwojewski. "So we wanted to build a building that can surface any time for maintenance or safety."

"It's a bit like a balloon underwater -- when we let go of the water from the room's huge tanks, the balloon will surface automatically. It doesn't need to rely on electricity."

Environmental concerns

Developers hope to limit the impact on coral reefs by laying the foundation in as few points as possible.

More adventurous guests can dive straight into the water from a special airlock compartment, including its own decompression chamber.
More adventurous guests can dive straight into the water from a special airlock compartment, including its own decompression chamber.

There are also plans to rebuild coral reefs, by growing the vibrant eco-systems in a special plantation before relocating them around the hotel.

"To preserve the natural environment we have developed couple of kinds of foundations depending on the local conditions," said Podwojewski. "The key is to touch the sea ground in just few points."

The unique hotel may soon be built in the United Arab Emirates, with Dubai construction company Drydocks now in negotiations with designers.
The unique hotel may soon be built in the United Arab Emirates, with Dubai construction company Drydocks now in negotiations with designers.

"Most probably the hotel will land on a flat sand area to reflect the sun rays inside the rooms and the reef will be additionally planted around the hotel rooms to enrich the view."

The space-age design might seem like something from the future. But it seems this unique underwater hotel will be much closer than you think.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Maldives MP in serious condition after stabbed, flown to Sri Lanka for treatment

A Maldives Member of Parliament (MP) is in serious condition after being stabbed in the back and is receiving treatment after being flown to Sri Lanka, local media reported here on Monday. A member from MP Alhan Fahmy's family has confirmed that injuries sustained to the lower back has left the MP paralyzed from the waist down. However, the family member said that according to doctors, chances of the MP's recovery are high if the surgery is successful, local media outlet Sun reported. MP Alhan Fahmy was transported from ADK Hospital to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on Sunday to be flown off to Sri Lanka for further treatment. Police has obtained a statement from MP Alhan Fahmy over the stabbing that took place on Saturday night. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) have condemned the attack on MP Alhan Fahmy. Although classified serious, Alhan is conscious and his condition is improving. The hospital said he has sustained injuries to the spine. He has been moved for scanning. One person has been arrested for stabbing MP Alhan Fahmy. Police has revealed that the individual arrested from the scene is an 18-year-old male. The young man was arrested by two policemen active on the scene in plain clothes. According to Alhan's younger brother Shazban Fahmy, Alhan was stabbed in the back and was soon transported to ADK Hospital. An eyewitness said Alhan was transported to ADK on the back of a pickup truck. The MP is reported to have lost a lot blood.