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Visit Maldives showcases the Maldives at the Arabian Travel Market.

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The Visit Maldives has participated in marketing its tourism to the Middle Eastern market at the Arabian Travel Market held at the Dubai World Trade Center. This year’s event was held from 16th -19th  May 2021  while a separate virtual event was held from 24th—26 May 2021.

The Visit Maldives (MMPRC) along with 69 partners from 37 establishments in the tourism sector participated at the Arabian Travel Market under the Maldivian banner.

The Maldives was represented by a 41sqm area specially designed to promote the natural beauty of the Maldives through colorful images, videos and a 350touchless VR experience. Business meetings were also concurrently conducted in the designated B2B areas while information was passed to interested parties through the counters at the stand.

The Visit Maldives along with its partners also participated in media interviews and panel discussion to promote the natural wonders of the Maldives.

The Middle Eastern market has historically been a major source of revenue for the tourism industry  and since the reopening of the borders following the COVID-19 pandemic on 15th July 2021, they have remained a key focus market for the Maldivian tourism industry.

The current mass vaccination programs such as “ I am vaccinated” by the Visit Maldives and the Ministry of Tourism have helped the recovering tourism industry in achieving the pre-COVID-19 arrival numbers with the Middle Eastern market proving itself to have the potential to aid in reaching the goal.  As of 12th May 2021, over 418,579 tourists have arrived in the Maldives of which 7,729 are from Middle East.

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MP Ahmed Shiyam- fortunate to have experienced President Yameen’s developments, now critical in combating COVID-19.

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Opposition Vice-President Ahmed Shiyam has stated that  it is  fortunate to have experienced President Abdulla Yameen’s development projects which are currently playing a  critical role in the fight against COVID-19. This comes following the current administration’s decision to convert the nation’s largest distribution center developed under former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration.

In a tweet by his official twitter account, MP Ahmed Shiyam noted that the largest distribution and warehouse center in Maldives, which was developed  by former President Abdulla Yameen  is now being converted to a COVID-19 hospital.

He continued on to state that “We were very  fortunate to have experienced President Yameen’s tenure of HOPE that we now have  such facilities  at this trying times to help save many lives.”.

The Distribution center constructed under former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration contains 14 units dedicated for wholesale businesses, 13 units for industrial businesses and 20 units for office space. In addition to this, the facility also contains a convenience store and a restaurant.

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Brigadier General Ibrahim M. Didi (Rtd): Handing over ATC to foreign companies a “grave threat to our national security”.

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Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi (Rtd) has questioned and criticized the Government over its decision to allow 100% foreign companies to operate airports and air traffic control service in the Maldives.

Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi (Rtd) expressed surprise in his tweet stating that allowing foreign companies to operate as air traffic control service providers is a “grave threat to our national security”. He questioned where the National Security Council is and where Defence Minister Mariya Didi was awake.

He also questioned whether the government buried Article 237 of the Constitution of the Maldives which states “The security services shall protect the nation’s sovereignty, maintain its territorial integrity defend the constitution and democratic institutions, maintain and enforce law and order, and render assistance in emergencies.”.

His comments comes while the public is engaged in a massive campaign against the current administration and its close ties with India. Many have accused the current administration of  compromising the sovereignty of the Maldives by allowing Indian military to expand their influence in the Maldives. The Addu city Police academy, Addu city Indian consulate, radar systems and most recently the Hanimaadhoo land grab has fueled public anger at the current administration and India.

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Sexual abuse is being “normalized” in British Schools and colleges, reports Ofsted.

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The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has reported that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse has become frequent in English schools and colleges subsequent to a survey of 900 children and young people from 32 schools and colleges.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said she was “shocked” by the findings.

Reportedly, 92 percent of schoolgirls experienced sexist name-calling and 90 percent of the girls said they were sent explicit pictures or videos “a lot” or “sometimes”. According to some girls, boys share nude images of their school peers on communication platforms like WhatsApp or Snapchat “like a collection game,” Moreover, in one school, some female students can be contacted by up to 10 or 11 different boys a night to be asked for nude/semi-nude images. About 64 percent of girls reported cases of unwanted touching compared to 24 percent of boys.

According to Ofsted, many teachers have failed to understand the severity of the problem as students often saw no point in reporting incidents. Many girls said they did not want to talk about abuse for fear of being ostracized, while others feared not being believed or that they would be blamed.

“It’s alarming that many children and young people, particularly girls, feel they have to accept sexual harassment as part of growing up. This is a cultural issue, it’s about attitudes and behaviors becoming normalized” Amanda Spielman, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted said

Ofsted also said the government needs to take necessary precautions by developing legislation

The survey was carried out after thousands of school children and students posted accounts on a site called Everyone’s Invited, detailing sexual harassment, abuse and violence, including rape. This year alone, more than 16,500 testimonies have been posted on the site.

 

Source: TRT World

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